Short Videos Go a Long Way

We are seeing it more and more these days. Short films being produced by amateurs and pros alike, sometimes with the most minimalist of equipment, that are making it big. Whether it be Drake Doremus's "Little Crazy" (which was shot on the Canon 7D and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival this year and was later bought by Paramount for 4 million bucks) or this latest short done by Portal fan/filmmaker Dan Trachtenberg, there can be no doubt that all you need to "make it" is some creativity, dedication, know how and sweat.

Portal: No Escape
"A woman wakes up in a room with no memory of who she is or how she got there...
This is a short set in the world of the Portal video games created by Valve Software."

With more than 2.3 million views, "Portal: No Escape" has raised the question as to whether or not it should be turned into a feature length film and has been getting a resounding, "Hell yes!" from viewers.
Little Crazy Trailer

There are no excuses kids. You can create your own fortune with little more than your own creativity. And while you're flexing those creative muscles don't forget to enter your BTS Videos in this years "Fstoppers 2011 Behind the Scenes Photo Contest" where we are giving away more than $20,000 in prizes!
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Jason Vinson's picture

awesome video! if they made a movie i would watch it!!

Really nice short film, but it's an idea that seems so overdone already.   It's like a cross between Res Evil and Saw.   

You know it's called "Like Crazy" not "Little Crazy" right?

You have to know the Portal and Portal 2 game to fully understand the concept. But yes, indeed that was perfectly done! Valve Software already said that they would like to create a movie about their biggest games. I hope they recruit young talented producers like this one to do so.

Lee Morris's picture

Is Portal bigger than Half Life?

Definitely a must-watch! Thanks for sharing :)

Nice work!

There's a sick Half Life fan film called Beyond Black Mesa that was filmed on an HV20.

if you're interested.

Looks pretty cool!  I like it.

Nick West's picture

Would love to see a BTS from Dan on this!
You can watch Dan and friends review video games, movies and tv each day here: