I’ve been pretty busy lately, lots of things to deal with took most of my time, but, when I finally had some time to spare on the internet, I just found out some amazing Silent Hill fan projects which are absolutely worth sharing.
I already knew both of them. Silent Hill: Lost Days, for exemple, has already been featured on the blog. But it’s never enough to share these projects, because they not only keep the spirit of the series alive, but they are also original takes on well known stories and, most important of all, they are results of a work of passion.
Therefore, I will start talking about “A Silent Hill Story: Lost Days”. Since day one, this project always looked pretty cool, the concept was clear: rework the story from Silent Hill 2. We’ve been introduced to the team behind it, indepedent filmmakers that probably want to do what they like, which are films! We’ve also been introduced to alot more than a simple concept, we have been introduced to the actors who were playing the characters we already know so well. I’m talking, of course, about James Sunderland (Starlin Britt ) and Mary/Maria (Lizzy Vincent ) . This is the first point where this project stands out! The cast really seems to fit the characters, in a way it doesn’t look sloppy, and, let’s be honest, most of the fan short films fail by having a bad or “not so good” cast!
This was one of the reasons why I kept following the project and didn’t simly ignored it. It has been a delight to see such attention to detail on this short film, at least by what we’ve seen so far. Every picture they share show something new and really make us curious about what this short film really is. It doesn’t seem to want to copy the original story but, instead, create an original take on what we know from Silent Hill 2.
Of course we’ll just know how good this project is, when we get to see the final result, but, so far, these small teases have been doing an excelent job!
So, it’s time to talk about another Silent Hill fan project, this time by Zenithfilms that brings to us “Silent Hill: Requiem”. If I previously refered anything about “original”, then I was refering this fan short film! This is a completely original take on the events of Silent Hill 2 and 3, mixed all together in a very strange set that bring together great references from the games themselves.
I must say that I didn’t know much about Zenithfilms. I started watching this short version of Silent Hill Requiem without knowing what to actually expect. The look of the film, including the set and characters is obviously quite different from what you might be used to see. It first reminded me of Sin City in the way the monochromatic images work together with the slight use of strong colors to resemble their meanings, such as the red for blood. However, I was quickly able to give this approach, an original taste, when I was finally into the story. I found strange at first, how the characters interacted but, again, I could quickly get used to it, in a way that really pleased me. I was delighted by hearing sounds from the original games, and in the end I was curious, expecting to see MORE!
I believe this was the main goal of this project, make people expect to see more from what it was shown in this short version of Silent Hill: Requiem, so they will contribute to their crowdfunding campaign, helping these guys building something bigger! You should totally take a look at their “indiegogo” page where you’ll also be able to watch their first short version of “Silent Hill: Requiem”!
In the end, this was a great surprise. It’s great to see people giving new life to well know stories. Have you ever imagined James and Heather working together in Silent Hill? If you didn’t, then this must be a nice oportunity for you to find out how it would be!
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