Fallout: Lanius Fan Film To Hit Internet Aug. 27
Fallout: Lanius, a crowd-funded fan film following the origin story of New Vegas’ Legate Lanius, had its word premiere at PAX Australia a couple of weeks. Described as a “blood-soaked high-concept action epic,” Fallout: Lanius tells the tale of how a single man’s bloodlust brings ruin to his people. But for its director, it’s the culmination of a long journey — one that fills him with pride.
Directed by Wade K. Savage and produced by Stuart Mackenzie, the film raised nearly $20,000 in funding in late 2012 and will be released online on Aug. 27. Speaking with Game Front, Savage expressed his delight at the response to the film.
Savage described seeing his oeuvre premiere on the big screen as “an absolute joy.” The director said he’s proud of what he and his team accomplished, given their small budget. The fight scenes, gore effects, and extensive prop and scene construction rapidly chewed through the $19,209 they raised. In the future, Savage said he would seek to work with a bigger budget — and a more strongly controlled sense of scope.
What sets Fallout: Lanius apart from other fan films is that it’s made for adult Fallout fans.
“There is a scene that really shocked people in our screening,” Savage said, explaining that it made the viewers take stock of what they were seeing. “I love doing that to an audience.”
During the film’s action scenes, Savage kept a close watch on the audience and noted they seemed both impressed and pleased with the result.
“I watched the crowd’s faces as they took the film in, and it was all smiles ear to ear,” he said.
After he and his small team poured themselves into the film, the viewer response was a huge relief on the Director — both he and Mackenzie were “over the moon,” Savage said. The biggest complaint fans had was that they wanted more.
One fan in particular deserves special mention. In order to learn more about Lanius “the man” rather than Lanius “the Video Game End Boss,” Savage consulted with New Vegas writer Chris Avellone extensively during pre-production. Speaking with Game Front, Avellone mentioned that he’s seen the first 15 minutes of the film and looks forward to seeing more.
“The armor they constructed is amazing,” Avellone said, “and they obviously spent a lot of time on the fight sequences.”
Savage is most proud of the sense of pace and drama in the film.
“Don’t get me wrong,” he said, “our action scenes are awesome — but there are some really, really cool dramatic moments in the piece.”
That said, there are many aspects of the film Savage wishes he could have changed or improved, but as he puts it, “Film making is made up of a hundred compromises.” While he would have loved to have a bigger budget and more time, he didn’t want to keep his backers waiting for too long.
Once the film releases, we’ll be able to see the results of Wade’s team’s efforts for ourselves. Check back here for more coverage of Fallout: Lanius after its release later this month.