SXSW is over and there is so much that I will be talking about soon on my show but I want to highlight a fan creation that was nominated for the SXSW Gaming Awards. Fallout Revelation by Mechanical Cake TV is a live action fan series created in the world of the Fallout video games franchise. The overall quality of the show was amazing and felt like something that I would watch on television. The team behind it is planning on having it as a five-part series, with the pilot episode available now on their YouTube channel. Now, I do not want to spoil too much about the show but here is their plot synopsis to get you all intrigued.
“A strange object with unknown purpose is found in the wasteland that both the Enclave and the Institute are willing to kill for. When the object ends up in the hands of unsuspecting vault dweller, Aldous Mercury, it sets him on a perilous journey that will unravel a dark conspiracy and uncover an even darker truth.”
If that does not sound like an actual mission, DLC, or a plot of a mainline game in the franchise, I do not know what does. Two aspects that blew me away were all the props and costumes they made and some of the camera shots they used. All of the props and costumes seem as though they were lifted straight out of the games as real tangible versions of what I experienced in Fallout 3. Everything that was not directly from the games was designed in such a way that felt like it fit into the overall decor and function of the world. Throughout the pilot there are a great deal of amazing shots and camera angles that help to convey the feeling and environment of the scene to the viewer. One of my favorites is in the Fallout shelter, and while I am not claustrophobic, I felt exactly how small this shelter, that houses one of the last remnants of humanity, is.
If you enjoy Mechanical Cake TV’s work, please support their Kickstarter. The pilot was fantastic and I really hope to see the story that this team has in store to tell.
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