Do Video Games Have an Impact on How Movies are Made?

December 11, 2013

The tools that are used to make the 3D worlds of video games are largely the same as the tools used to make 3D effects in feature films. So from a production standpoint, the people making both games and movies are overlapping more and more.

Also, the aesthetics of both games and movies influence one another more than ever. For example, the camera placement in The Fast and Furious movies evoke racing games, and at the same time the cinematics in the racing game Gran Turismo 5 evoke racing movies.

The movie Sucker Punch looks like a modern video game and utilizes visual techniques from games throughout. This type of stylization was a design choice by the director, Zack Snyder, and his production designer, Rick Carter.

Another extreme example is the movie Crank. It borrows from the aesthetics of the Grand Theft Auto series throughout including multiple GTA-like sequences utilizing the same 3rd person camera perspective.

It goes without saying that film aesthetics are used in video games. Game makers want to make their stories as immersive as possible. In recent years, the processing power of PC and consoles (Xbox and PlayStation) allows game makers to use the same sophisticated cinematic techniques as filmmakers. Great examples of cinematic games are:

  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • Skyrim
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Bioshock: Infinite
  • Heavy Rain

The bottom line is: movies and games continue to influence one another and blend into a modern visual aesthetic.

If you’re interested in learning more about New York Film Academy‘s Game Design Program, click HERE.

-Chris Swain, Chair of NYFA‘s Game Design Program