Fan Movie-Off: Fallout Nuka Break

By Alec Meer on January 25th, 2011 at 8:05 pm.

Beyond Black Mesa turned up to a mixed reception last week, and due to taking a few… liberties led to internet troubadours suggesting what they felt were superior fan-films. Here’s one of them, set in the Fallout 3 universe. As well as being built on a whole lot of love, attention to detail and – gasp! – decent acting, it starts with a heartfelt plea that Bethesda doesn’t sue them, which I think we can all get behind. Recreated weapons, costumes, crumbled bridges and 50s ad reels await…

Maybe a little over-wacky and over-peppy, but it’s impressively high-quality and Fallouty, huh? These guys sure put the effort in.

More details on Nuka Break on its official site.

Thanks, Andrew.

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  1. orangedragon says:

    I couldn’t stand the acting but props to them for making the short film anyway.

  2. Mr Chug says:

    There will never be a fan made film-based-on-a-game finer than the Left 4 Dead porn parody. Fact.

    • Phoshi says:

      Left4Head is the single greatest creation humanity has ever (Or, as I’m assured by time travellers from the future, will ever) produced, so that’s not fair.

    • coldvvvave says:

      Wasn’t there a sequel for Left4Head?

    • Will Tomas says:

      Yes, but the fans of the original boycotted it due to the lack of extras on the original’s DVD.

    • Mr Chug says:

      A boycott was organised over the fast turnaround time, with fans of the original saying that simply using new ‘characters’ in a new setting with a couple of new toys wasn’t enough. It also contained spitting, which of course is bad form in porn. Ultimately it was a great success, pioneering a new position known as the ‘Jockey’.

  3. fuggles says:

    Sent this to Jim and I thought it was great. I liked how it wasn’t purely CGI based like the Mesa one, which skirted the normal problem of them not being quite up to task. That said, the CGI here is understated and very good and the costumes, acting and script are all really well done in this. I really enjoyed it, and not just in a “its okay for a fan film way” but as in actually properly enjoyed it as a short film.

  4. hellgazer says:

    That is one FINE hip-to-waist ratio the girl has.

  5. snitchy says:

    That was pretty good. It had a few funny bits and they got the setting and atmosphere of the Fallout universe right.

    • JFS says:

      I think that’s the most important point, it felt like Fallout. Compare this to officially made movies of the same direction, like the awkward never-to-be-mentioned Dungeons & Dragons, it scores way higher.

    • HermitUK says:

      I remember seeing that in the cinema. Actual, full-on nerd rage kicked in around the time the bandits were using two Beholders as guard dogs. And they get past them by distracting them with a stone.

  6. Danarchist says:

    I actually liked it, the acting was better than some Hollywood movies I have seen lately. I think they also captured the fun, stoic humor of the game pretty well in the 15 odd minutes. And ya that girl is VERY well built, and probably not even plastic!

  7. Nomaki says:

    Bethesda are good at not waving their legal wang all over the place, right?

  8. HermitUK says:

    That was rather impressive. Some impressive effects and make up involved. Thought the humour was pretty good, too – Reminded me a lot of the odd humour of the first two games.

    Also reminded me of Penny Arcade’s Vault 77 comic they did when Fallout 3 released.

  9. loshon says:

    That was the best final 10 seconds of a video I’ve seen in a while.

  10. Teddy Leach says:

    This has to be the first fan film that I actually enjoyed!

    • dsi1 says:

      Same here, it didn’t (embarrassingly) try too hard like SOME Half-Life 2 fan videos (hint: not the Purchase Brothers), it didn’t try to shove itself into a story or anything, just some dude looking for Nuka Cola.

      Also there was at least one real actor (or Voice Actor) the merchant is apparently an anime VO artist or something.

  11. Vadermath says:

    The arse on that girl was ungodly.

    Oh, and the rest of the film was nice too.

  12. Schmung says:

    This was great! As mentioned, a bit dicey in places and trying a smdige too hard at times, but genuinely kinda charming and certainly entertaining. Could actually be expanded to work well as a series givena bit more budget and whatnot. Thoroughly deserved well dones to all involved in it’s creation.

  13. Small Ivory Knight says:

    Wait a minute, was that THE Vic Mignogna?

  14. Vague-rant says:

    Liked it. Was kind of hoping for some kind of explanation for why all the shots missed. Something along the lines of “Its not an action game, its an RPG dammit”. Then again I suppose theres a good reason I don’t “do” jokes.

  15. Shadrach says:

    That was really impressive, and the “cheesiness” just adds to the Fallout atmosphere. Loved the flying robot!

  16. Lord Byte says:

    *Gasp* They can act… This was pretty darn good! I’d pay good money for a full feature-film!

  17. BooleanBob says:

    Argh, you didn’t use my ‘Cola-teral Damage’ line!

    So funny.

  18. Lack_26 says:

    Personally I really enjoyed it, sure the CGI wasn’t great, but it was kept to a minimum. The humour and props where brilliant though, the tone was spot on, infact, it would have helped if the new FOs where a bit MORE like this. Also, how long till someone mods Scarlett in as a companion.

  19. Farsearcher says:

    I really enjoyed that. If you like the vein of humour you’ll probably want to look at the writers own website http://www.nuklearpower.com which houses his webcomics. I’ve been following them for years, all are awesome.

    • IvanHoeHo says:

      Damnit! Now I have to finish 8-bit theater.

      1100 pages to go…

    • Gonefornow says:

      @IvanHoeHo

      It is totally worth it. Especially near the end (last 200-300 or so) when it gets really silly.

  20. Chunga says:

    John Hughes (Breakfast Club) meets Fallout. I had some issue with how some parts of it was lighted, but I liked it overall.

  21. RakeShark says:

    My god, characters I actually like? In a fan-film?

    I call shenanigans!

  22. Jeremy says:

    Yeah, weird, I did enjoy that. Captured some of the humor of the Fallout world, and it overall seemed very faithful to the source material. Well played!

  23. forddent says:

    Holy crap, that was Brian Clevenger’s writing? I thought it seemed familiar…

    Good stuff. Wonder if they’ll ever make a sequel or anything cool like that.

  24. laddyman says:

    I was just about to start playing New Vegas when I popped on here.
    Well played, RPS, well played.

  25. Sweep says:

    …is that Michael Jackson’s corpse?

  26. Hidden_7 says:

    Dang, that was actually pretty good. There were a few bits of wince-worthy writing and acting, but also a few genuine chuckles. Overall I would watch more if more were on offer.

    One thing that did bother me though was how clean the girl was. I mean, they were all pretty clean, but it was particularly noticeable with her being barely clothed and all. They’ve been wandering the wastes for days probably at this point, and it’s not like showers are easy to come by. Rub some dirt on them!

    Otherwise, the production values were pretty impressive for a fan film.

    • thebigJ_A says:

      I don’t know about you, but I prefer my girls clean. Antibiotics are rare in the wasteland.

    • Hidden_7 says:

      And I prefer my my bank accounts full of millions of dollars, but if someone were making a movie about my life then verisimilitude would demand that said bank accounts be considerably emptier.

    • Teddy Leach says:

      I volunteer for the job of rubbing dirt on her!

    • Devan says:

      Heh, I have to agree with Hidden_7 about the dirt (not just for the girl). It looks like they’ve just had a shower and shave and put on a clean set of clothes (including the vault 10 suit that the guy must have been living in his whole life).
      Other than that, very authentic atmosphere; I liked it.

  27. Durkonkell says:

    That was rather good, I enjoyed that! Well done Wayside Creations. For a non-profit fan production with a budget likely measured in pence, I’m really genuinely impressed. Of course, there were one or two things – the aside explaining Twig’s nickname seemed out of place – but on the whole, I can’t criticize it.

    Yeah, the girl who played Scar was gorgeous and that likely helped, but she was also very good. Actually she appeared more competant than some actresses in commercial sci-fi that come to mind.

    Thanks for posting it, RPS!

    • BAReFOOt says:

      Uuum, did you miss the whole part where they explained why he got that name?

  28. Nighthood says:

    Actually pretty good, and I don’t even like fallout. The fact it has dialogue makes it already infinitely better than that Black Mesa short-film-about-running-and-kung-fu.

  29. Riaktion says:

    Yeah I really enjoyed that. Good fun. Also… the girl was nice. Horay!

  30. Lewie Procter says:

    More than good enough.

    Could have been funnier in parts, but I enjoyed it.

  31. The Magic says:

    Why on earth is that girl barely wearing anything? She’s gonna get sunburn for sure. Cover up, love.

    • Davie says:

      Clearly, she stole some badlands armor off a raider and cut off the grimy bits. That is to say, 65% of it.

  32. Navagon says:

    They definitely nailed the look and feel of Fallout. The production values were noticeably more than I’d expect for a short fan made production. All in all I enjoyed it. Five thumbs out of five.

  33. Davee says:

    Dang, one of the best game-fan-made shorts I’ve seen in a long time! And good acting compared to most CGI-heavy ones.

  34. gwathdring says:

    That was fantastic. :) I love the ghoul. if nothing else a masterful recreation of the atmosphere. Well done.

  35. Voidy says:

    Wonderful, just wonderful.

  36. Davie says:

    Really excellent. While Beyond Black Mesa was an okay action film and a poor Half-Life tribute, this genuinely feels like Fallout. The acting’s surprisingly good and it was quite funny in parts. I loved it and I hope they do more like it.

  37. Muzman says:

    That was damn good. Even-ness of tone is one of the harder things to maintain and usually where fan films founder (and it’s understandable). You’ll get one or two ok actors and a lot of bad ones and things are all over the place. But if everyone is on more or less the same level, even if that level isn’t all that high, the audience can meet the peice on its own terms (Clerks works like this, for instance).
    The second thing in its favour is carrying that sort of gentle black comedy in a consistent way, which the first aspect helps a lot, but has to be well witten in the first place.
    That stuff is a lot harder to do than it seems. But you can see the results. The 14minutes-ish went by pretty easily. Beyond Black Mesa seemed pretty stretched at only 10.
    Nice work.
    Post more if you’ve got them.

  38. ALJA says:

    really enjoyed that. The characters and setting and story were all believably fallouty

  39. reticulate says:

    Excellent work.

  40. Urael says:

    Brilliant piece of work. Really enjoyable, well written and decently acted (for a change). Sharing this among my Fallout-fan friends as I speak…

  41. Njordsk says:

    Thumb up guys

    And the lad indeed…. oh the lad…

    Fallout feel, humor, sand, robots… perfect.

  42. The Dude says:

    “You shot him in the face!”

    “Only a little!”

    These guys should’ve done the dialog in the game, goddammit!

  43. sendmark says:

    That really was rather good.

  44. DrazharLn says:

    That was really good, the main characters being so squeaky clean was strange, though.

  45. The Army of None says:

    Excellent! Best fan film I think I’ve ever seen.

  46. drewski says:

    Bethesda seem to like it, given they’ve linked it on their Fallout Facebook page.

  47. Talorc says:

    Yeah, that was fantastic work. Clearly a lot of talented people behind this, I hope it leads to them getting more paying work.

    A lot of the characters were very well written and likeable, even in a short time frame.

    I think the best thing is it really carries the fallout theme throughout.

    And yes, VERY FINE work by Tybee Diskin! :-)

  48. MrFreecats says:

    Fallout: Nuka Break the series – Episode One is online ! 9 minutes of pure pleasure -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iq8swQ7kpg