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CineFix's 8 Bit Remakes Threaten to Break the Internet

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Two sure fire ways to appeal to people browsing YouTube are cinematic appreciation and sheer, unfiltered nostalgia. In the almost 2 years since they started going out, the 8 Bit Cinema shorts, courtesy of film news and appreciation channel CineFix, have pulled in millions of views. It's a simple idea with a doubtlessly complex execution: take a classic film and recreate it as an 8 bit (or sometimes 16 bit if you want to get finickity) video game, something emblematic of the arcade/SNES/Sega Megadrive era.



Almost 50 films have been projected through the 8 bit lens, laden with classic sound effects and bleeping, blooping reworkings of their iconic scores. The real draw of it is that rather than just doing every film in the same basic style, each one is built as a send-up to a specific type of old game with particular types and styles of game-play used to recreate particularly memorable scenes.



Fight Club becomes a side-scrolling beat-em-up similar to Streets of Rage or Final Fight, The Shawshank Redemption becomes a point-and-click adventure game, Donnie Darko resembles an Earthbound-esque RPG and Mean Girls is imagined as one of those weird, vaguely pornographic Japanese romantic high school drama games that you'd have to play in secret to save yourself the embarrassment.You know like Tokimeki Memorial or Casual Romance Romance Club or even one of the earlier Green Green titles. Not that I would know anything about that. Just shut up, okay!



The visual work is done by David Dutton using a blend of Adobe Photoshop and After Effects whilst the wonderful music is produced by his brother Henry, also editing using Adobe software. The response has gradually grown to the point where actual Hollywood film-makers have started taking notice. Shortly after the 8 bit rendition of Guardians of the Galaxy came out earlier this year James Gunn, director of the real version, shared the video on his Facebook, expressing his elation about it and wishing it was a real game.



It's easy to understand why they're so popular, there's a delightful novelty to the 8 or 16 bit style and the way the visuals and music from the films transition over to that format creates a kind of loving reverence that gently reminds you just how much you adore the film in question. The Spirited Away one honestly almost brought a tear to my eye.





Callum Davies

Callum is a film school graduate who is now making a name for himself as a journalist and content writer. His vices include flat whites and 90s hip-hop. Follow him @CallumAtSMF

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CineFix's 8 Bit Remakes Threaten to Break the Internet Reviewed by Callum Davies on Thursday, June 04, 2015 Rating: 5

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