Until Dawn – And Beyond?

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After surpassing all expectations this past summer with the success of their sleeper hit, Supermassive Games is already considering a sequel to Until Dawn. This could either be the best idea of all time, or the worst idea anyone could have ever come up with. It’s no surprise that the studio would want to capitalize on the success of Until Dawn by turning the title into a franchise. The question now would be: where do we go from here?

Talking to Playstation Lifestyle, Executive Producer Pete Samuels teased the possibility of a sequel when talking about the data of sales they’ve been receiving, while discussing what fans can expect from the small studio:

 “I think that you should expect the team to build on what we’ve done with Until Dawn, whether it’s in horror or in other genres. We’re already working on one thing that does that, whilst exploring other avenues for our other teams in anticipation of them finishing their current projects. We do talk internally about what Until Dawn 2 could be, as it clearly can’t be a sequel in the traditional sense, with the same characters facing the same threat, not least of which because in different stories some or all of them are already dead! We’ve investigated other ways we could do Until Dawn 2 but it probably is a little early to be discussing that.”

That doesn’t really tell us much though. He speaks of how it’s being discussed “internally” but doesn’t say that there are any current plans to move forward with Until Dawn 2.

The way Until Dawn was designed makes it seem that they can’t revisit the original game’s story. Most of the characters, if not all, are dead depending on how the game was played.

Will the creators choose one standard ending as a starting point for the sequel and continue from there? Or will they choose to do a prequel instead in order to expand on the mythology already established within the game? Another way that they could come back is to turn this title into an anthology. TV Executive Producer Ryan Murphy has already proved that this can be successfully done with the horror genre after his critically acclaimed TV series, American Horror Story, has been such a smash hit.

Do you think this game should get a sequel? Would you want to see some of the same cast return in a different setting and playing new characters à la American Horror Story? Or do you think a prequel would be the safer choice? One thing’s for sure, like the game’s intricate design of making choices that determine your character’s future, the creators of Until Dawn have a very difficult decision to make that could determine whether or not their game continues to be successful.

 Until Dawn is now available in stores and is only for Playstation 4.

Gavin Stone – Day 15 Production Blog

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“What’s a gaffer?”

That’s a question most TV and movie fans probably won’t know the answer to unless they’ve spent some time on a film set. With Vertical Church Films’ series of Vlogs (Video Blogs), hosted by director Dallas Jenkins, fans are being given a behind the scenes look at what it takes to make a movie. This week’s clip was somewhat bittersweet, highlighting the importance of gaffers whilst wrapping on one of the film’s stars as their time on set came to a close.

“Gaffers are in charge of lighting. The DP (Director of Photography) makes the decisions and the gaffer executes them,” Jenkins explains. “They run the whole electrical department.”

Anyone who’s ever watched a film understands the importance of lighting in any given scene. It’s lighting that sets the tone of the story and it also helps us to see the actors on screen. In the scene featured within this clip, we find Gavin arriving at a house where Kelly is standing on the porch. Kelly is seemingly upset with Gavin, so it’s interesting that they chose to have the lighting placed so heavily on Gavin within the scene.

This clip also featured Shawn Michaels’ last day on set. The scene they shot was one where Gavin and Michaels’ character bond in his “man cave”. Jenkins calls Michaels’ last day “sad and bittersweet” but promises that they still have “a great week coming up.”

With fifteen days done and only five days of filming left, it’s down to the wire for the crew of “Gavin Stone”. Fans have been anxiously awaiting the first trailer for this film, but it seems like we probably have five more Vlog entries to enjoy before we’ll be ready for the trailer’s release.

Are you excited for what’s coming next within this series of Vlogs? Are you excited to see more footage of the film? Stay tuned because there is definitely more on the way!

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone will be released in 2016.

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Agents of SHIELD 3×04 'Devils you Know' Review

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Official synopsis for Devils you Know:

“Having reluctantly agreed to share information with Rosalind and the ATCU, Coulson and the team go in search for the Inhuman who is killing off other Inhumans, and May feels that Hunter’s mission to take down Ward is getting too personal.”

 

We haven’t seen the mysterious Lash since the premiere, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been keeping busy. This week we caught up with the villainous inhuman that both S.H.I.E.L.D. and the ATCU have been hunting. But what has he been up to since the last time we saw him? This episode also featured Grant Ward’s return after his brief hiatus last week. Did Hunter and May catch up with the new head of Hydra? Keep reading to find out!

Lash was back with a vengeance, blasting through the apartment of a young inhuman couple right after Alicia (the inhuman with the ability of duplicating herself) showed up undercover for S.H.I.E.L.D. After he left everyone dead, Daisy and Mack quickly headed to the tunnels to search for Lash when the ATCU show up as their “unwanted backup”.

Coulson and Rosalind are now working together but for whose advantage? They can’t just be equally working together, so who’ll end up on top? An interesting theory has come up after Lash attacked a truck transporting an inhuman back to ACTU headquarters. Daisy was able to see him transform and from what I saw, it looked like a woman’s shadow. Maybe this is too far out of a theory, but could Rosalind also be Lash? If you have theories on who Lash might be then please share them!

One of the coolest scenes from the entire episode was the gunfight between Lance Hunter and Grant Ward. We saw how formidable Grant’s new HYDRA could be. Although, it is in a starter up stage, Ward’s soldiers were willing to protect their new Director with their lives.

However, Hunter did cross a line in his vendetta to get Ward, which ultimately led to him willingly sacrificing Dr. Andrew Garner, even after May pleaded with him to not go that far. How awkward will it be for May to work with the man who indirectlykilled her ex-husband, especially after it was established that she still had feelings for him.

Ward was smart and cunning, predicting that when the team found him, Andrew would be enough leverage to help him escape a tricky situation. Unfortunately for the team, Hunter has had selfish goals from the start to get revenge for Bobbi. But how will she react when she finds out what he did?

May warned Hunter that he would go too far and ironically he did. Even Bobbi knew that he was in trouble because of his tunnel vision for revenge. We have to wonder now if the team will scold him like they have done with Ward in the past. Hunter literally had no problem letting an innocent man die for his personal gain.

What if Andrew didn’t actually die though? We never did seethe body.

Next week looks like it will focus on Jemma Simmons and her mysterious disappearance but no one is going to complain! We will finally get some answers about what happened when she was trapped on the desolate planet. Now that she dropped a hugebombshell to Fitz that she needs to get back to that place, maybe with both of them working together, it’ll be easier for her to accomplish her goal.

Overall, it is clear that this episode will cause a huge domino effect for the rest of the season going forward. That is something I think we’ve all been waiting for. Will Hunter receive anyconsequences for what he’s done? And who is Lash? If you have any theories or comments about last night’s episode then comment below.

Public Appearance – Ottawa Pop Expo

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Ottawa Pop Expo November 21-22: only one month to go!

Don’t miss Brett’s next highly anticipated public appearance at Ottawa Pop Expo. His schedule for the weekend is yet to be confirmed, but you can buy your tickets now for the weekend of the con here. Brett is one of the featured guests for the weekend and it’s anticipated that he’ll be doing one of his incredibly entertaining Q&A sessions. Don’t miss out if you’re in the area!

Until Dawn – Review

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One of the biggest sleeper hits of late summer-early fall this year was the newly released horror game, Until Dawn. With little to no real promotion, this game has been able to sell so well that it surpassed all expectations. I, myself, had a hard time finding it at my local video game store and walked out with the last copy in the entire place. What is it about this game that has so many gamers, new and old, intrigued? I don’t think there is one solid answer to that question, because I believe it’s a number of different reasons.

For starters, I’m relatively new to “gaming”. I’ve recently been re-introduced to modern day gaming (I used to own a Nintendo 64) and I think that as far as games go, this is a pretty good starting point for other beginners like myself.

 Until Dawn is designed without the ominous “game over” option. That’s actually a really good thing. The purpose of the game is to make decisions that determine who will survive “until dawn”. The beauty is that depending on how you play determines how many survivors you have left standing at the end of the game.

How is this game for beginners? That’s easy; there aren’t any “levels” of gaming skills with this game. It’s as if everyone starts at the same level (beginner) and as the game progresses, so does your level of skill. In the beginning, you’re given the chance to practice your Quick Time Events (QTEs) while climbing over a wall because of a busted fence and then later your aim while playfully sharp shooting with another character. There is no immediate danger during any of these scenes within the game, which means there is no pressure as you play. The deeper you get into the game, however, the more dangerous situations become. By then, your aim can be damn near perfected and you should be able to hit most, if not all, your QTEs.

The plot of Until Dawn may seem a bit divided for some but, for those of us who are actively playing the game, it makes sense. It begins as a very human story, with eight friends returning to a woodsy mansion owned by one of them. They’re returning to this place as a sort of “homage” to a couple of their friends who disappeared in those same mountains a year earlier. Every character is introduced with their own distinct personality and connection to the other characters within the game. The cast performances within the game are all really solid, adding to the game’s appeal.

For example, Mike is the jock in the group, with two of the female characters happening to be fighting over him, while Sam is the “good girl” that doesn’t like to involve herself in the group’s drama. On the surface, each of these characters is a cliché from every horror film you’ve ever seen. Jessica is the “mean girl” while Chris is the “nice guy”. In any horror film, Jessica would likely die while Chris survives. In this game, that classic trope is turned on its head and your choices could determine that Jessica lives while Chris doesn’t make it out alive.

That’s what I found most fun about Until Dawn though. Anything’s possible and, with so many potential endings written into the game, the possibilities really are endless.

When the game moves on from being a “classic slasher” into the more supernatural side of things, it almost feels like you’re playing a completely different game with these very familiar characters. That’s not a bad thing at all though. I actually enjoyed the supernatural side of the game a lot more and found it be much more terrifying than the slasher storyline at the beginning. But without the slasher story at the start, I would not have found myself caring as much about these characters when things really became more dangerous for them.

This game is one of those quiet hits that you likely haven’t heard about before unless it’s been recommended to you by a friend. However, that doesn’t make it any less good. If you are just starting out and still want to get used to holding a controller in your hand, Until Dawn is the perfect training tool. And you can keep practicing as many times as you want because it doesn’t matter how many times you play the whole game through; every time is designed to end differently from the last.

Until Dawn – Will you be the hero of the story?

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[Sony Computer Entertainment Europe]

Most will have watched Brett Dalton being put through the emotional wringer as Grant Ward on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but you may not yet know that there’s a way you could be the one controlling every move he makes.

Until Dawn, a video game created for the PS4 by developer Supermassive Games, co-stars Brett as Mike Munroe, one of several characters whose every decision rests in your hands as the game progresses. The story is one that will be familiar to anyone who has picked up a teen slasher film – eight friends gather together at an inexplicably isolated ski lodge to commemorate the one year anniversary of their friends’ disappearance. Soon they find that their way off the mountain is no longer accessible as tensions mount, accusations are thrown and the group splinters. Needless to say, this is when everything goes to hell, as a madman stars terrorizing the group. However, as the group finds more and more clues regarding their dangerous situation, they quickly start to realize that nothing is quite as it seems.

Alongside Brett Dalton, in the role of Mike, the horror game also features well known actors Hayden Panettierre (Nashville) and Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) along with a slate of very talented up and coming young stars.

Utilising cutting edge technology for motion capture, both of facial expressions and body movement, every scene was filmed multiple times in order to provide seamless gameplay footage. The “Butterfly Effect” principle that rules the game, with player choices altering the fate of each character, also necessitated the shooting of multiple different story arcs in order to account for every eventuality. The decisions you make are far reaching, as the game doesn’t allow you to go back and replay sections until completion. This is a bold move in an age where we’re used to getting an instant do-over, but is also unique in enabling a replay where you author an entirely different story. Although the running time of the game is clocked at around 10 hours, the principal of cause and effect enables multiple replays in order to save (or sacrifice, depending on your mood) an entirely different group on your next attempt.

The game, originally intended for the PS3, was delayed in order to allow its move to the PS4 platform. This led to reshoots, with Brett filming the game over several weekends towards the latter half of the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Until Dawn was released to critical praise in August, performing considerably better than expected. This is almost certainly due to both the attention to detail of the gaming environment, ratcheting up the anxiety and scares as the game progresses, and the way in which the characters are truly brought to life by their actors. Starting off as little more than horror clichés, within an hour of gameplay you find yourself fighting to keep every character alive, no matter how impossible a task that may seem.

Brett’s character, Mike, starts off as little more than the frat-boy jock you’ve seen a million times in horror movies. He’s the one with the cheerleader girlfriend, and he’s more interested in getting laid than getting involved in a serious conversation. In a neat twist though, Mike’s girlfriend is one of the earliest characters to go missing, and his subsequent mission to find her makes him one of the most compelling characters in the game, thus showcasing Brett’s range as an actor. Ultimately, Mike’s point of view is one that you spend a lot of time in as the game progresses, and he’s not above gettin his hands (as well as the rest of him) dirty in his mission to find his missing friends. Playing Until Dawn gives you the sense that maybe, just like Mike, we all have the potential to become the hero of the story.

 

Until Dawn is out now for Playstation 4

A Wanted (Inhu)Man

Agents of SHIELD 3×03 'A wanted (Inhu)man' Review

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[ABC media]

“Daisy, Mack and Coulson race to protect Lincoln as Rosalind’s team hunts down the Inhuman in their quest for powered people. Meanwhile, Hunter proves that there is no line that he will not cross to exact his revenge against Ward and Hydra.”

 

Simmons is back and wants to return to the weird alien planet? Lincoln was on the run from the ATCU while Hunter was getting his ass kicked in fight club? This episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. felt a lot like a “filler episode” with only a few important plot points, such as Simmons mysteriously wanting to go back to the desolate planet.

I am just speculating but could Simmons be interested in getting back a major scientific find? I’m not so secretly holding out hope that she found Star-Lord and is keeping him prisoner. If only that could be true…

But what is true is that we saw the aftermath what being on an alien planet has done to her, and the understandable emergence of what appears to be PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). What we weren’t expecting is her wanting to go back. So what’s so important that she needs to?

Another nice beat from the episode was Fitzsimmons finally going on their dinner date. You could almost hear the fan uproar of excitement, only to have their hearts shattered when she broke down in front of him. Something we have learned in this series is that it’s always a mistake to hide how you really feel.

A theme that I’ve come to accept this season is the team heading toward a major divide because of conflicting ideals. While Lincoln was on the run from the ATCU, Daisy stuck out her neck for him, initially trying to convince him to join S.H.I.E.L.D. in order to protect him. The ATCU manhunt led to Coulson and Price meeting, both of them agreeing to an exchange: keep Daisy’s identity private and out of the hands of the ATCU… in return for Lincoln.

I can’t help but thinking that Price’s actions are going to result in the beginning of the Superhuman Registration Act (SRA) so I’m hoping that this is the show’s version of hinting to that connection in the larger MCU. I’m convinced that Price will regret the way she’s handling this issue.

What I’m not completely convinced by is the obvious set up for a Daisy and Lincoln romance. We might have gotten hints from it last season but doesn’t it seem a little contrived? When she snuck in a kiss, I couldn’t help but feel like it was. Maybe it was a “necessary” romantic subplot in order for Daisy to feel more betrayed by Coulson when she found out the deal he had made. It did not, however, seem like a particularly organic development from what we’ve seen on screen.

We’ve always known that his familial bond with Daisy is precious to Coulson but does that justify him sacrificing someone else?

Daisy was not very happy with Coulson after finding out what he had done. I’m not surprised at the lengths he’s gone to in order to protect her, but I have a feeling it will end badly for someone on their team. I still strongly believe there will be a major character death this season and, just a theory, it may be a direct result of Coulson’s actions. Ultimately, Lincoln didn’t go with the ATCU and I wonder how awkward it’ll be with Daisy and Coulson back at S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters after the events of this episode.

Hunter did get to throw down this week but my favorite part was seeing May also go up against a few baddies. The fight stunt choreography is always something to look forward to on this show.

What is unnecessary and hypocritical about his entire arc, however, is Hunter’s hunt (see what I did there?) for Ward. Grant Ward was always persecuted as the “villain” for his “murderous” ways but what makes Hunter so different after this episode? In fact, what’s keeping a lot of other characters from being called that exact same thing in the series?

Hunter and May’s search for Ward led them to a makeshift fight club and Hunter stepped into the “ring” while May observed from the sidelines. The fight resulted in his opponent, apparently a friend of his, being killed so Hunter could get what he wanted… a direct link to the new head of Hydra, Ward. I guess throwing out your morals is easy for Hunter. I wonder how Bobbi would feel about what he had to do, which was literally beating a man to death.

My gripe with what Hunter is doing stems from the persecution Grant Ward received in previous seasons. Although the situations are somewhat different, you cannot help but ignore the similarities that are a tad hypocritical within the narrative of the series.

The major take away from the episode is still the ongoing question of what happened to Simmons while she was gone. Why does she want to go back? We also know that Price’s connection to the government is deep and scary so Coulson should probably be careful.

Bobbi seems to be the only level headed person on the team right now, since Mack hasn’t quite claimed a larger role in this season yet. I’m looking forward to discovering more newly transformed Inhumans throughout the rest of the season and I’m holding onto a theory that Daisy will eventually leave S.H.I.E.L.D. with her Inhuman allies by the end of the season. Secret Warriors… please?

A Wanted Inhu(man)” was an episode purely used for set up and I did enjoy most of it, other than Hunter’s entire arc. What did you think about the episode? Any theories or predictions on what Simmons will reveal to us about her time on that desolate planet? From the preview we got at the end of the episode, it seems Lash will be back and hopefully we can get more answers pertaining to what he wants next.

Agents of SHIELD – Episode 3×04 ‘Devils You Know’ Promo

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“Having reluctantly agreed to share information with Rosalind and the ATCU, Coulson and the team go in search for the Inhuman who is killing off other Inhumans, and May feels that Hunter’s mission to take down Ward is getting too personal.”

Next week’s episode has the return of Brett as Grant Ward after an absence this week. What Ward’s up to is anyone’s guess, but Hunter certainly seems to have vengeance on his mind. The events of episode 3×03 show the lengths to which Hunter is prepared to go in his pursuit of Ward, but just how long is Melinda May going to let this continue? Especially given that the rest of Team SHIELD and the ATCU seem to be facing a common enemy…

Agents of SHIELD airs Tuesday 9:00PM on ABC

Agents of SHIELD – 3×04 ‘Devils you Know’ Promo Stills

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[ABC media]

“Having reluctantly agreed to share information with Rosalind and the ATCU, Coulson and the team go in search for the Inhuman who is killing off other Inhumans, and May feels that Hunter’s mission to take down Ward is getting too personal.”

Newly released episode stills for episode 3×04, Devils you Know, show Grant Ward and his second in command, Kebo, apparently gearing up for a fight. Other stills suggest that perhaps Hunter and May have succeeded in tracking down the new leader of Hydra. Tune in on October 20th to find out what’s happening.

Agents of SHIELD airs Tuesday 9:00PM on ABC