Escape from City 17 has already become an enormous hit - not bad for a mashup of live action and footage from
The potential is mind-boggling, but let's be honest: we're not quite there yet. The constant fast-cutting in
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Overall, though, it works - and to our eyes it's no worse than the CGI in the most recent Hulk movie, which cost $150 million to make and still looked like it had been thrown together on a ZX Spectrum by an angry toddler. When you consider what current engines such as CryTek's CryEngine 2 or the PS3 can do, it's clear that things are just going to get better.
It looks like indie cinema is approaching a tipping point. HD camcorders have gone from rich people's playthings to affordable objects, HD video editing software comes free with new computers, the latest game engines are good enough for decent CGI and believable backdrops and the relentless march of technology means we're getting ever closer to photo-realistic video on home computers.
You wouldn't try to make The Curious Case of Benjamin Button on a Mac or attempt to take on Pixar with a single PC, but as Escape from City 17 shows, DIY movie-making needn't be restricted to shots of people sitting around talking, either.
Fancy yourself as the next George Lucas, David Fincher or Steven Spielberg? Forget about film school. Get yourself some games and get creating. Planet of the Apes remade in LittleBigPlanet, anyone?