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Unofficial Half Life film becomes internet hit

Escape from City 17. Awesome
Escape from City 17. Awesome

A short film made guerrilla style with 'no money, no time, no crew, no script' and based on the Half Life games has become a massive internet smash – garnering over 1 million views on YouTube.

The film, which is made by David and Ian Purchase was originally envisioned as a project 'to test out numerous post production techniques, as well as a spec commercial'.

Called Escape from City 17, the film uses in-game footage from the Half Life 2 games, which is blended almost seamlessly into live action footage.


The Purchase brothers are commercial directors represented by Canadian production company Sons and Daughters, and their experience certainly shows.

"Filmed guerilla [sic] style with no money, no time, no crew, no script, the first two episodes were made from beginning to end on a budget of $500," the brothers explain in a note on the video.

Although the video has not been officially sanctioned by Valve – the makers of the Half Life series – the brothers have met the software house.