I’m a fan of both video games and films and lately, I’ve been paying close attention to how both media have influenced each other over the years. After reading some old magazines and doing some research, I’ve realized that some of the most famous directors have produced or directed trailers for video games and I decided to compile a list with them. Writing this article was a lot of fun, especially since I was more than familiar with both the games and the films directed by some of the people below, so I hope you like it as well.
PlayStation 2 Commercial – David Lynch
David Lynch is one of my favorite directors, chiefly because his surrealist films make use of a unique cinematic style. In his works, several events take place, but you can’t explain them through reason and if you don’t believe me, watch the video embedded above which happens to be a commercial for the PlayStation 2. It’s worth pointing out that David Lynch has influenced several video games, including Silent Hill and Deadly Premonition.
Lynch Directed: Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, Twin Peaks.
Resident Evil 2 Commercial – George Romero
The Resident Evil series (BioHazard in Japan) was influenced by Romero’s work, so it was only a matter of time before the people behind the popular series of games reached the horror director. The live-action trailer above was part of a campaign that was only broadcasted in Japan. Here’s something that I didn’t know: Romero was supposed to work on the Resident Evil films as a writer and director, but unfortunately, his script was rejected. Imagine the possibilities…
Romero Directed: Night of the Living Dead, The Crazies, Creepshow.
Halo 4 Scanned Trailer – Produced by David Fincher
For those unfamiliar with Fincher, the director and producer has an extensive filmography and some of his movies are considered modern classics, including The Social Network, Seven and Fight Club. The trailer, which mixes live-action footage and CGI, doesn’t go as far as showing us what’s underneath Master Chief’s helmet, but it does a terrific job of selling Halo 4.
Fincher directed: Alien 3, Seven, Fight Club, Panic Room, Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network
Halo 4 E3 2012 Trailer – Nicolai Fuglsig
Unlike most of the other people mentioned here, Nicolai Fuglsig didn’t start his career as a director. Instead, he was an award-winning photojournalist first and then started directing commercials. Interestingly, his Halo 4 trailer looks stunning and make us think what would happen if he was able to direct the Halo movie we’ve heard so much about.
Nicolai Fuglsig directed: –
Need for Speed: The Run Trailer – Michael Bay
Before he ruined The Transformers franchise, Michel Bay made some terrific films, including The Rock and Bad Boys. But I have to say I was more than surprised to find out that he directed a trailer to promote Need for Speed: The Run. Note that the trailer’s in CGI and was made in the “style” of Michael Bay movies.
Michael Bay directed: Bad Boys, The Rock, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, Transformers
Live-Action Halo: Reach “Deliver Hope” Trailer – Noam Murro
If you’re still wondering what a Halo film would look like, maybe this short trailer paints a clearer picture. As you can see, Noam Murro directed two trailers for the series of first-person shooters, one released in 2008 and one in 2009.
Noam Murro directed: Smart People, 300: Rise of the Empire.
Halo 3: ODST Commercial – Rupert Sanders
Another live-action production that makes a lot of fans interested in a proper Halo film. For those of you who have never heard of Rupert Sanders, he directed Snow White and the Huntsman and he’s supposed to be the director of the upcoming adaptation of Ghost in the Shell that has Scarlett Johansson as the main protagonist.
Rupert Sander directed: Snow White and the Huntsman.
Nintendo DS Commercials – Jesse Dylan
Jesse Dylan directed a series of commercials for the Nintendo DS and to show the massive appeal (not to mention incredible popularity) of the portable system. The 30-second videos feature a bunch of well-known artists playing random games, including Beyonce and Lisa Kudrow. Also, I had no idea that there was a cooking application for the DS, but now that I think about it why wouldn’t it be!
Jesse Dylan directed: Kicking and Screaming, American Wedding. Also, he directed music videos for Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, Lita Ford and Lenny Kravitz.
Guitar Hero: World Tour Commercial – Brett Ratner
For those who have never heard of Brett Ratner Guitar Hero: World Tour commercials, well you should have, since they were quite popular back in the day. The first one, featured a bunch of famous people recreating the classic underwear scene from Risky Business and the second one had Heidi Kulm playing the same scene.
Brett Ratner directed: Rush Hours, X-Men: The Last Stand, Horrible Bosses.
Gears of War 2 Trailer – Joseph Kosinski
This is one of my favorite trailers and one that I still remember from back in the day (even though it hasn’t really been that long since it came out.) This is the kind of trailer that would make me want to play Gears of War 2, even if didn’t know what the game was about.
Joseph Kosinski directed: Tron: Legacy and Oblivion.
Source: Slash Film