Category: Official Short Film / Release Date: 2019
Project: BEHOLDER — Official Short Film
Objective: Preproduce with Kingdom Productions and it’s founder Lilya Tkach, the official film adaptation of the Alawar game “BEHOLDER”. The adaptation was created for the release of the game’s sequel. The main tasks were to transfer a complex original world onto the big screen in order to create additional marketing hype on the eve of the sequel’s release.
Time in pre-production: 3 months Time in production: 5 days Time in post-production: 2 months
Beholder is a Russian video game about life in a totalitarian state. Beholder was released on Steam on November 9, 2016 and supports Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS. Beholder is inspired by dystopian works of George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, and Ray Bradbury. Carl is a government-installed landlord in a totalitarian state. The State appoints Carl to spy on the tenants. The player can bug apartments while tenants are away, search their belongings for whatever can threaten the authority of the State, and profile them. The State requires the player to report anyone capable of violating the law or plotting subversive activities.The game offers the player the choice of either following the commands of the Government or siding with the people who suffer from the oppressive directives.Each game character has their own personality, circumstances, and issues. Every decision that a player makes affects the way the story unfolds. The game has multiple endings, each of them being a sum of the decisions made by the player. Transferring this quintessence into a festival film format was the most difficult task of this project.