Beyond Black Mesa filmmaker releases Half-Life: Origins prequel

It's been over 13 years since Gordon Freeman first exited Black Mesa's Transit System for Sector C Test Labs, kicking off one of the worst work shifts in videogame history. In honor of that iconic opening scene, the makers of the fan-film Beyond Black Mesa have spliced together a new live action flick depicting the moments leading up to Freeman's classic tale of Combine invasions, crowbars, and headcrabs. 

Half-Life: Origins was directed by Brian Curtin of the indie film studio InfectiousDesigner, who's previous Half-Life filmic efforts with Beyond Black Mesa won numerous indie awards including the Best Science Fiction award at the 2010 Action On Film Festival. Explaining his inspiration for this prequel follow-up, he wrote: “After 10+ years since it's release, if you ever go back and replay the original Half-Life, it doesn't look anything like you remember. The graphics are horrible compared to present day games, but years ago it blew my mind. This video plays with that contrast. I incorporated a fusion of live action and CG environments that give it a semi-realistic look, but also not realistic at the same time. Hope you enjoy it!”

Oh we did. Now, where's the other 88 minutes? Valve... get on this.


  • lilspooky - November 29, 2011 11:15 a.m.

    that's the thing about Half-Life...It sucks you right back in! Wheres the black mesa mod...Wheres Ep3...
  • 8bitBaby - November 29, 2011 11:16 a.m.

    i love that half life still gets so much love. the thing i want are some novels talking about all the other people who have survived the whole ordeal. like how mass effect has novels (those were good. I just read them all) or maybe a mini series online... maybe even done using Gmod eh?
  • Asmodean - November 29, 2011 11:49 a.m.

    That was GREAT!! there's no smarter community then the Half-life community :)
  • slimjim441 - November 29, 2011 12:44 p.m.

    MORE HALF-LIFE NOW!! But seriously, I don't want Half-Life 3/Ep. 3 to become Duke Nukem Forever here. Valve, really, get on that.
  • rabidpotatochip - December 1, 2011 6:54 a.m.

    I don't think there's any danger of HL Ep3 sucking that badly. =p
  • R-ape - November 29, 2011 12:45 p.m.

    Finally! A Half Life fan-made film where Gordon Freeman plays a larger role than just a weak ass cameo! Thank you!
  • lemur - November 29, 2011 3:36 p.m.

    When he was on the tram I was waiting for "the indoor temperature is kept at a plesent 68 degrees." Other that then skiping one of my favorite line (I dunno why, it was just a cool line to me) this short film was fantastic!!! get it? fan-tastic.
  • WalrusBot - November 29, 2011 4 p.m.

    Full life consequences was better, (sarcasm)
  • fault3 - December 9, 2011 4:49 p.m.

    i cant be bothered by fanmade movies, they always suck and have low value.ugh ugh ugh. just people standing around looking "cool"

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