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April 22, 2006 Link to this post

Halo | Redemption
Okay, this is an unusual one. A couple of days ago, a movie titled 'Halo | Redemption' passed the MPRRS. It had been filmed in Halo 1, back in 2003 - but had never been distributed outside of some friends. Jeff Stoltzfus and Shawn Heifert, the co-creators, had been assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at the time of creation, and they did their best to keep the military chatter authentic. When Jeff decided to submit it to the MPRRS, he re-edited it to add black bars to block out the HUD and the cameraman's pistol - but was unhappy with the result. His words:

"We both love the original version since we've seen it in this form for the past 3 years and feel it shows more [full camera view] - gives a more complete feel/provides a better sense of closure [opening narration and titles and closing credits and end music] - which provides a more "movie" type experience. I believe some of the peer reviews touched on these subjects. We know the pistol is lame in the camera view but we hope viewers will overlook this as trivial given it was created 3 years ago and that the emotions created over the entire piece will outweigh this fact."

I liked the piece, quite a lot, in both formats - so I agreed that we'd host the original, even though it was the modified (considerably shorter) version that passed the MPRRS. Full credits can be found in this forum post (and if you have comments, this is a fine thread to put them in). The QuickTime version (65 mb) is higher-quality than the WMP9 version (50 mb), but both are quite watchable. Grab one and check this out! (Louis Wu 01:19:25 UTC)

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