Hello everyone. I spoke with a friend who wors with graphiks and makes artistic movies for music bands, commercials and other things. He said the last movie was good, but gave the hint that since I cannot make the effects look realistic, might as well go completely over the top. Been thinking about that and the last dais I received the "Hellsing ultimate" episodes 1 - 8.... Damn was I impressed! Its bloody, dramatic, gory art. And I thought that if someone would take Blood into that kind of movie or series! Im going to propose to some people to try and make a small action sequence with small cuts, over the top expressions and gore, perhaps use visual effects to make it anime stile... Need volunteers, but I think that would be a kicker. I wont use Hellsing soundtracks for it, but please listen to this track, I have taken inspiration of it for the tone that Blood should have, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFZjegvE6OA
imagin Caleb grinning into the camera raising his shotgun, Zombies and Cultist disappearing behind blood explosions, Caleb laughing his ass of, Tchernabog appearing in the skyundead god confronting each other with the music in your mind. Perhaps you'll get the picture I got. Looking for hard earnedvacation and then I'm gonna give it a try. Please tell me what you think.
I heard the song and to be honest, I was never a fan of "epic" opera music in video games. It's not that it's bad, it just that perhaps its been done so much that it gets tiresome after awhile (or maybe I don't like opera). I have heard of Hellsing as a few Bloodites compared Caleb to Alucard in both appearance and personality. I have never watched the anime but over the topness in Blood is always enjoyable as long as it is not over done (enemies bleeding WAY too much, every word out of Caleb is a one liner,etc.) Blood's story was rather tragic with Caleb loving Ophelia enough too be with her during her recked emotional state after losing her family, being killed by your boss for doing nothing wrong and losing your wife in the process, and then in Blood 2 being alone for 100 years with the only 3 people he cared for gone. Caleb is a pretty deep character if you analyze him enough and he does have some human emotions left (loving Ophelia a decade after death, tolerating Gabriella/Ishmael, sometimes choosing not to kill innocent people.) The best combo is to balance the humor/gore/action with some seriousness and character development.
Regarding anime-style, below are links to scenes from a recent game called Metal Gear Rising which is proud of it's over the top violence. There are many gameplay vids online to view but below are scenes of a particular villian called Sundowner, who, IMO, is much like Caleb with a senseless love of killing, grim humor, and even has a gruff Southern accent (Caleb's from Texas). His theme is also below which I could see fitting in Blood with the bloody picture its lyrics paint. MGR is a hack-n-slash with swords but if you replace that with pitchforks, sawed-offs, and grim atmosphere you'd get something in same vein as Blood.
Tchernobog wrote:One should remember that Blood was never meant to take itself too seriously, despite what some people will tell you. It was always primarily about campy fun, so taking your film in such a direction would not even be that great a departure from the source material.
I agree completely, the Blood series had a great mix of camp/dark that not many games I played could replicate. Some say Blood 2 over did it but I disagree, I blame this on lack of time to fully polish and finish the story and gameplay. For example, most of Caleb's dialogue is witty quotes which is fine but the lack of story moving moments and TBH the slightly shoddy cutscenes imbalances the humor over serious story. There is seriousness to Blood's story and things are not played for laughs at times (the death of Ophelia and the movie where he crements her).