The Metroid series has been a staple in video game history since it’s inception on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Fans were taken back at the end of the first iconic game when it was revealed that the main character, Samus Aran, was actually a woman. Not only did this prove that female characters could kick just as much butt as any male character, but it opened the flood gates of future cosplayers to take Samus Aran and make her their own. Along with cosplay of the Metroid protagonist, there have also been short films made and homages to the game with live action or through animation.
Recently Rainfall released a short film they did that centered around Samus looking for the highly advanced race called the Chozo. Playing Samus is Jessica Chobot and the motion tracked stunt work was done by America Young. The short is a mixture of live action and animation, with shots from within Samus’ helmet which are very reminiscent of Iron Man. Visually the short is stunning, taking the looking and feel from a history of games and giving it new life. If this is what 8 bit graphics looked like in the creators head, sign me up for more shorts.
I’d like to point out that this is an 11 minute short, but with another 11 minutes it could be a pilot for a television series. There is not reason why they couldn’t add a little more dialogue and story into this and submit it as a pilot. Give me some recognizable creatures, weapons and more morph ball sequences and you have my money.
Rainfall not only has made this Metroid short, but has created other video game and comic book videos. The two that stood out to me was one for Wonder Woman and one for The Legend of Zelda, which was used as an April fools day gag. Metroid: The Sky Calls is a non prophet art piece that isn’t affiliated with Nintendo, but if they ever do start a Kickstarter I highly suggest you donate some money.