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Half-Life: The Movie
By Michael Brown
February 17, 1999, 04:00 PM PT

Half-Life: The Movie
 
Cruise Control, a British marketing agency, announced today that on Monday, February 22, it would release over the Internet a five-minute action film based on the phenomenal first-person shooter Half-Life. Titled Half-Life: Uplink, the film was commissioned by the U.K. office of Havas Interactive (Sierra's new parent company) as a promotional vehicle for the game, but it apparently has nothing in common with the recently released demo of the same name--and it won't tell the story of the game's hero, Gordon Freeman.

Sierra is keeping mum about such details as the film's budget, but according to Cruise Control's Chris Birch, who produced the movie, the entire project was shot in one "12-hour, nonstop session" using Sony digital Handycams. There is a cast of just four players: Jaz Meadows plays a journalist who breaks into the Black Mesa Federal Research Facility to investigate "the accident"; Tony Potter portrays a special forces soldier; Phillipa Norman adopts the role of an assassin; and Keith "Kit" Hillier tackles the role of a scientist.

According to Birch, Half-Life: Uplink was shot on location at a recently decommissioned USAF base in Bedfordshire, England. The film was directed by Syndicate Pictures' Jamie Matson, whose credits include "several pop videos for different U.K. record labels, including Virgin," according to Birch.

What might the future hold for Half-Life and the movies? "We all had a great time making this film," Birch told Gamecenter, "and everyone here loves the game. With the location being so perfect, who knows? We'd certainly love to have a go at [producing] a feature film."

Check out Game Grabs for some photographs of Half-Life: Uplink.

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