J.J. Abrams & Valve's Gabe Newell's Full Film vs. Video Games Panel

February 13, 2013
Source: Movieline

J.J. Abrams and Gabe Newell

One week ago, Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams met with Valve founder Gabe Newell at the D.I.C.E. Summit (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) and they announced that Valve and Bad Robot would be collaborating on a video game of their own, as well as attempting to make movies out of games like Portal and Half-Life. But that revelation was just a small section of their full panel, and now Movieline points us to their entire conversation about storytelling in film vs. video games, which has been made available for us to watch in its entirety. It's a must-see for those who love games and movies. Watch!

Here's the full panel discussion between J.J. Abrams and Gabe Newell at D.I.C.E. via Movieline:

As a casual gamer and avid film fan, it's cool to see defenses of both sides being raised by two guys who clearly know what they're talking about. There's a lot of good-natured back-and-forth between these two, but it's exciting to hear people so passionate about the actual act of storytelling and not getting distracted by all the bells and whistles that many filmmakers (and video game developers) fall prey to. After seeing this video, we're even more excited about any creative collaborations between Abrams and Newell in the future, and hopefully they can figure out how to make, not just a good video game movie, but a great one. Cool?

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Reader Feedback - 5 Comments


great post

jont on Feb 13, 2013


I could listen to them exchange ideas and philosophies all day.

Nick Sears on Feb 13, 2013


Love it, being quite a film and video game fan...this was great. There is no 'one right way' to tell a story. Heck, even in film, you can get strict linear narrative structures, films that rely heavily on being told in an non-chronological order, or films that are rather impressionistic and not meant for the visuals to be taken as literal narrative fact. So it's really fun to hear advantages and disadvantages to both styles.

Chris Groves on Feb 13, 2013


FFS Gaben just give us 3 already.

Cody W on Feb 13, 2013


Valve has had (massive?) layoffs last week(s). Seems strange, since they are doing so well?

David Banner on Feb 14, 2013

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