Yep it was all a hoax. Good on those of you who spotted it. Shot in Vancouver it was made by SFU film students and local actors. If you’ve ever been to SFU or watched Stargate then you might even recognize some of the locations. The writer and co-director, Kial Natale, has no intention on extending it to anything more than a trailer, so the impassioned roars of an outraged internet crying out in anger over seeing their favorite franchise turned into a B-movie will finally be assuaged. No M. Night Shyamalan, no Nintendo going insane, it was all just a joke and loving tribute made by film-savvy fans.
It draws attention to the accelerating skill and dedication that we’re seeing in fan works. Short videos shot by teens with camera phones and camcorders with pirated MP3 soundtracks have evolved into detailed productions with rented camera, lighting and sound equipment, actor auditions, professional level CG modeling and animation, and custom orchestrated soundtracks. The gap between the professionals and the amateurs shrinks as fans stand up, take the media they enjoy and make it their own. This project literally began like fan fiction, with words on pages exchanged between fans, but rocketed into a production we can watch and listen to in HD. The people who worked on it may have been film students, but such skills needed to make such a video aren’t out of the reach of the average fan. Natale taught himself how to model in 3D, animate and composite on his own time while working multiple jobs. The video was shot, edited, and scored in the time people had after work and between life. It’s efforts like this that usher in an age where fans can become participants in the media, in their media.