Watch This: Early Promo Trailer for Jerry O'Flaherty's Samurai

June 11, 2010
Source: Twitch

Samurai Trailer

Okay, this is just another one of those fantastic proof-of-concept trailers, but it really is awesome and I've got to share it with you guys today. Twitch has debuted a promo trailer for a project called Samurai that will be the directorial debut of Jerry O'Flaherty, who has worked for years as the art director on Epic's Gears of War video game series. They're developing a samurai vs ninja action movie using hyper-stylized action straight from Zack Snyder's 300. But the kicker is that they're using the Unreal 3 video game engine to render the props and environments. And it's pretty damn impressive to see, although it's not in high def.

Watch the early proof-of-concept trailer for Jerry O'Flaherty's Samurai:

This trailer for Samurai (seen above) was a "no-budget piece shot in two days with a volunteer cast of five people against a white background. The background plates were created in Unreal with the intent of sharing all of the environment assets (rendered at higher res for the film) between the movie and the game." The project is being produced by Blacklight Transmedia and State Street Pictures. On IMDb, O'Flaherty is listed as the director of the Thundercats live-action movie, when or if that ever gets made. It definitely looks like he has a promising career ahead of him and I'm looking forward to seeing him finish a full-length feature.

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Not bad, can't wait to see what they can do with an actual budget.

Nada Nuff on Jun 11, 2010


THIS... IS... SAMURAAAAAAAAAAA..................

Me on Jun 11, 2010


I quote: "This trailer for Samurai (seen above) was a "no-budget piece shot in two days with a volunteer cast of five people against a white background. The background plates were created in Unreal with the intent of sharing all of the environment assets (rendered at higher res for the film) between the movie and the game." This is an absolute falsehood. Sabler

Sabler on Jun 11, 2010


Not impressed.

Brandon on Jun 11, 2010


for a promo that's not to bad looks cool if it would have a budget. I enjoin the cinematography with it. the only thing i would change is make it a little farther from 300.

taylor on Jun 11, 2010


About half the shots look were composited really, really poorly... the other half are pretty decent. VFX discrepancies make my brain go 🙁

Trino on Jun 11, 2010


Not impressed, at all. Just like with the Gears of Wars videogames, image is too muddied and dark, not enough visual variety, and the story looks retarded as all hell.

LINKFX on Jun 11, 2010



8=D on Jun 11, 2010

9 i the only one seeing how bad this trailer sucks? this is like one of those dozens of crappy strait to video movies released every day. Why is this on here as a must watch? i dont get it sorry

Sam on Jun 11, 2010


Its not Casshern... but at least its not Tekken either...

Dreckent on Jun 11, 2010


lol @ white ninja

silver on Jun 11, 2010


looks nice, cool point lost for the white guy though

Antoni05 on Jun 11, 2010


Uh, this looks like crap.

Marty Martin on Jun 11, 2010


Why does it always have to be a white guy who kicks asian ass, damn

kankertje on Jun 12, 2010


I think i was starting to get motion sickness from the camera shaking all of the time.

L on Jun 12, 2010


THIS....IS.......C R A P! really what is this shit. Bilington wtf. go eat cheese or something and next time put a REAL decent trailer. jerk. i still love you tho.

ted on Jun 12, 2010


The fights look terribly choreographed and executed, but given that this was done in 2 days, that's forgivable. I liked the art style.

Craig on Jun 12, 2010


lol o noooooo, another occidental guy into samurai movie

Jack on Jun 12, 2010


cool short. but would i watch a whole movie like this, no.

movie mike on Jun 12, 2010


We worked with Jerry on this proof-of-concept. It's not really a trailer. In fact, this would normally never be seen by the public. It is a technical demonstration of how the Unreal game engine can be used to produce background plates composited with live action. Besides looking badass I think the most amazing thing about the short is that Jerry was able to match the actors motion translations with the level elements at different speeds and angles. This is notoriously difficult without motion control data and only someone as skilled as he is in UnrealEd Mantinee - and there probably is literally no one else this skilled - could have pulled it off. So while the short doesn't look polished, it really is an amazing feat!

Mark Long, Blacklight on Jun 12, 2010


looks alright,don't like the idea of having a lead charactor that could be to look at be from a english speaking country. it would be acceptalbe if it was the will adams story. i personally would of gone for an all japanese cast.

deadpool 72 on Jun 13, 2010


I don't mean to be rude, but this did nothing for me. seemingly flat characters, gearing towards a cheesy story, and so-so action. I don't know if it's real or not, but if it is i think i can do without it. I want the soundtrack though. Anyone know where I can find it?

Eli on Jun 13, 2010


woohoo white samurai more awesome then asian samurai and asian ninja

dave on Jun 14, 2010


have to agree with #2 looks alot like 300. Shows promise though let's wait and see how it will be with a budget and without a white guy as a main character. how bout an asian instead the movie is called samurai after all.

vik on Jun 15, 2010


Why is it that in all these films the white american must be the hero that unites the clan and saves all?

Flydaddyfly on Jun 16, 2010


Boffo. I'm guessing they gave you a handful of video games.

Spike Murdock, Poet-at-Large on Jun 17, 2010

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