It’s no secret that the connection between gaming, movies and television is booming – blending stories, visuals, and fresh new ideas. As Screen and Film School dives into the world of video game technology with its brand-new Creative Technology faculty, we’re seeing some exciting changes in how stories are being told and entertainment is being delivered, both on the small and big screen.
Check out our top three favourite Game-to-TV and Film adaptations
The Last of Us (2023)
One standout example of a seamless adaptation is The Last of Us. Originally a critically acclaimed video game, it made a smooth transition into a gripping TV series, receiving rave reviews for knowing exactly when to stick true to its source-story, and when to break away into something new (we’re looking at you, episode three!)
Its immersive storytelling prowess, deeply emotional character arcs, and intense post-apocalyptic setting were flawlessly executed, captivating audiences who might not have ever known of the game’s existence. The now iconic performances catapulted Bella Ramsey and Pedro Pascal into world-wide fame and the success of the series saw the game re-enter the charts in the UK.
Our recent industry masterclass with Eben Bolter, the show’s Cinematographer, allowed our students to glean firsthand insights into the craft behind this successful adaptation, and how he took inspiration from the scenes of the game itself.
Arcane: League of Legends (2021)
Six years in the making, the 9-part series adaptation of Arcane triumphed in honouring the essence of the game, League of Legends, while forging its path with an original narrative. The series masterfully captured the game’s essence, showcasing exceptional storytelling and a spectacular mix of 2D and 3D animation.
Riot Games streamed the first episode on Twitch for the global premiere, and the series set the record as Netflix’s highest-rated series at the time within a week of its premiere. Currently holding a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Arcane became the first video game adaptation to win both Annie Awards and Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as Best Adaptation at The Game Awards 2022.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)
Released earlier this year, The Super Mario Bros. Movie brought our beloved childhood-favourites to life with the help of its A-list cast, including Anya Taylor-Joy, Jack Black, Chris Pratt, Seth Rogen, Keegan-Michael Key and Charlie Day.
The perfect film to watch with the whole family, the production balanced a sense of nostalgia and new adventure for fans of the iconic franchise, and even included a number of Easter egg moments to spot.
The future of game adaptations
The journey from game to screen, though challenging, holds endless opportunities for our creative students. It’s a canvas that’s ripe for innovation, highlighting the significance of immersive storytelling, visual possibilities, and the relationship between film and game narratives. The collaborative approach mirrors the interconnectedness vital for maximising the potential of these mediums, an ethos of collaboration that is also evident among music, film, and performing arts at BIMM University.