The bit that’s not entirely footage from No Man’s Sky is green screen trickery to put his five-year-old daughter (and some well-known faces) into the cockpit.
Sometimes, the creativity of folks in and around video games is just astounding. Really, it’s consistently amazing, from one moment to the next.
That’s not just the developers and the video games they produce – though, you know, they are brilliant – but also the ancillary stuff that the community at large creates. They make everything from fan art and musical covers to mods and fully-realised fan games, just for the love of it.
Today’s bit of news is a little more ambitious than the average, however: it’s a movie shot (almost) entirely in-game, in the procedurally-generated, infinite universe of No Man’s Sky.
That got your attention? Great. Here’s the trailer for Nomad Squadron, the first (to our knowledge) No Man’s Sky movie.
That’s not to say others haven’t made beautiful films out of footage captured from No Man’s Sky, but it’s the first one we’ve come across with actual actors playing roles.
Did you spot a couple of familiar faces in there, inserted into the cockpit via green screen trickery? There’s Greg Miller, of Kinda Funny Games, for starters. Then there’s Xavier Woods, a professional wrestler and video game YouTuber, who you might know better by his alias, Austin Creed.
The undoubted star of the show is Amelia, though, the five-year-old daughter of the film’s producer and director, Matt Silverman. She plays the tough, no-nonsense commanding officer of this rag-tag, No Man’s Sky crew, and comes across somewhere between General Leia Organa and Game of Thrones‘ Lyanna Mormont. She’s a flipping badass.
Nomad Squadron will release later in January, and you can watch it – and other cool stuff – on Silverman’s YouTube channel, Free Dad Videos.