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Thanks for the memories  July 26, 2012

Half-Life fan film charts rise of the crowbar

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Michelle Starr is the tiger force at the core of all things. She also writes about cool stuff and apps as CNET Australia's Crave editor. But mostly the tiger force thing.

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Whenever you run out of ammo, or need to clear a path, the humble crowbar is Gordon Freeman's truest friend. One fan filmmaker charts this epic meeting of giants.

Half-Life's crowbar — the very first weapon and tool found by scientist Gordon Freeman after an accident tears the Black Mesa laboratory apart — is almost as iconic as the protagonist himself. From start to finish, it never stops being useful — and no Freeman cosplay would be complete without that unnassuming piece of iron.

In the game, Freeman finds the crowbar laying on the ground — a chance acquisition. But one fan believes that it was true serendipity that united the two. Director Joe Miale asks the question: where did the crowbar come from? How did it find its way to the hands of Gordon Freeman?

His short film, Raise the Bar, charts the crowbar's journey from before the accident that shook the facility, all the way down to the loading bay. Sure, Miale takes a little bit of poetic license with the source material, but when a fan film is this good, all you want to do is sit back, relax and enjoy.

It seems timely: rumours have recently been revived of a Half-Life 3 thanks to a screenshot reportedly showing Valve's internal tracking software, listing, among other things, a project titled "Half-Life 3". Mind you, we've been burned so many times...

When you're done watching below, hop on over to YouTube heck out Miale's other fan project, Assassin's Creed: Checkmate (which was not accompanied by a rumour of any kind).


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azicat posted a comment   

I'm consistently blown away by the resources that these fan filmmakers have on tap - locations, actors, costumes and production. Would love to hear more about their funding strategies.


Im Batman posted a comment   

Nice work,
I always enjoy the fan films


Michelle Starr posted a reply   

Me too :) Fans having a good time is always so cheering.

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