SR Pick [Video]: Fan-Made Mega Man Movie

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 6th, 2012 at 5:30 pm,

mega man robot game art SR Pick [Video]: Fan Made Mega Man Movie

Fan made movies, clips and short films on low budgets are quickly becoming my favorite thing to watch, and the reason why is pretty easy to discern. Just watch some of the most recent videos we’ve put up and you’ll no doubt start becoming a fan as well.

Original short films like Panic Attack, The Gift and The Raven are prime examples of the kind of big-time results small-time directors can produce, but that’s usually the norm for original content. Video game fans, however, have long been disappointed with the result of Hollywood’s attempt to take their favorite game and adapt it for the big screen, although the upcoming Prince of Persia: Sands of Time could be the first film to break that mold.

Well lately some very talented amateur movie makers, who just happen to also be video game fans, have taken it upon themselves to put an end to the bad video game movie trend. Watch the Pac-Man short film or the recently released Street Fighter Legacy and Beginnings End to see just what can be done when big studios don’t stick their uneducated fingers into the pie.

Amateur film maker Eddie Lebron wants to continue this trend with his latest release of a full-length Mega Man movie. This isn’t a 30-second teaser or a 3-minute clip of a particular scene; this is a full 90 (N-I-N-E-T-Y), minutes of a well-thought-out and well-executed film. We have both the trailer and the full video below:

Here’s the official story for the Mega Man movie:

In the year 20XX, Dr. Thomas Light, an Nobel Prize winning professor in the field of Robotics, creates a series of 6 revolutionary robots entitled the “Robot Master Series DRN” in an effort to use robotics as a mean to better mankind. As a personal project, Dr. Light creates 2 androids named Roll (a female) and Rock (a male) who are made to be as human as possible from appearance to behavior. Rock and Roll are, however, also created due to Light’s goal to have the children he was never able to have.

Meanwhile, after the creation of the series gains Light his Nobel Prize in Physics and notoriety, his partner and colleague, Dr. Albert Wily, grows enraged and jealous of Light’s success. Secretly, a man who wants control and power. Dr. Wily decides to reprogram and steal the robot master series to do his bidding so he can wreak havoc and gain control of the city. As Wily begins to steal more of Light’s creations, it becomes clear to him he has the resources to systemically gain more and more control in an effort to reach his ultimate goal: total world domination.

With a strong sense of duty and regard for humanity, Rock volunteers to receive a battle upgrade in an effort to battle Wily’s forces, thus donning the name “Megaman”. The battle for humanity is now between Megaman and all the bots at Wily’s disposal.

I’ve watched just about the entire film and I was hooked from the beginning. The story is, for the most part, completely believable – the acting doesn’t come across as “hammy” or “cheesy” and the SFX are very well done. There are places where the audio feels tinny and the acoustics are distracting, but those are minor gripes on an otherwise extremely enjoyable film.

Lebron served as writer, director, producer and editor for Mega Man and I don’t know who Daniel James is, but the guy has a real future in film scores. The music for the film flows nicely from scene to scene and it doesn’t feel like an afterthought. The final song at the end is pushing it a bit, but I’ll let it slide. This also seems to be a father and son project, because Eddie Lebron Sr. is listed in the producing credits.

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The film isn’t perfect by any means, but there are plenty of scenes where I could tell that, given a larger budget, Lebron could have made something extraordinary. One scene that stands out is the “Systems Check” scene, when we are first introduced to “Rock” (Mega Man’s real name).  In the movie he just turns his head to the side for a couple of seconds and then says “All systems check OK”. With a budget, that scene would have easily been done in CGI from an inside view of Mega Man’s internal workings.

The movie has some great Mega Man lore in it and even includes Roll from the game. Other robots are Elecman, Fireman, Iceman, Gutsman, Bombsman and Cutman. There is a special appearance by one more robot but I’ll leave that as a surprise for you to watch on your own.

One note, actor Dave Maulbeck gives a wonderful performance as the evil Dr. Albert Wiley. Some of the dialog between him and his computer is hilarious.

Here’s the full film below or you can watch it at Vimeo:

Did you like the trailer for the fan-made Mega Man and do you think this could work on the big screen with a larger budget for CGI?

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  1. There is something very….very wrong will Roll. She looks like an Asian drag queen with bad acting. That hardly looks like someone who should play as Megaman, and the CGI is horrifying. The whole thing feels awkward and chessey. And exactly what does the year 20XX mean?

    This is not evidence that fans can do better than Hollywood. In fact, this is probably the best example supporting that. The Street Fighter one seems to somewhat be a step in the right direction.

    • I liked it,and for me it’s definitely the right direction !
      Should look to much at the actors,they are not professionals…but the idea,the script and direction is totally right !

    • Different opinions bud :) I wasn’t that impressed with Street Fighter Legacy. To me, this fan made Mega Man was pretty darned good when you take into account the entire scope of the project. You’re looking at least a 90 page script, an entire score, several CGI shots (the robots looked great, while the background shots suffered), multiple location shots, green screen work, wardrobe for an entire cast, SFX shots, fight choreography and all that done on a nothing budget.

      Legacy has a budget and several “named” Hollywood stars and they only manged to get 30 minutes together and most of that seems to be slow motion camera work during the fights.

      • I agree, its not really fair to compare things like CGI in a film like this to some big budget flick out of Hollywood. And considering they probably had little funds/resources at their disposal, I think it turned out pretty good. And the story and score were really fantastic. I enjoyed it.

    • “And exactly what does the year 20XX mean?”

      Um… have you not ever played a Megaman game? That’s taken straight from the megaman lore.

    • just with the comment “And exactly what does the year 20XX mean?” demonstrate you know nothing about megaman!

  2. Over all this wasn’t half bad, as stated above these are not professional actors, which is evident more often than not.
    A few points of queries

    ~Was I the only person distracted by Wily’s Mustache? Was it deliberately out of control and different in every scene?
    ~ While I have already mentioned the sub par acting the actor that stood out as the least impressive was the Dr Light character of Edward Young. He always seemed to be reading his lines as he said them and never really felt as if he had any idea about what he was talking about.
    ~I think Jeanie Tse (Roll) did really well considering her character, she was the one that seemed the most android like to me and reminded me of the Galatea character from Bicentennial man
    ~The CGI Robots were very well done, though the floating fortress looked ridiculous.
    ~All in all a lot that could be improved upon but a very impressive attempt.

  3. Pretty cool job, the animation is good. A word of advice, avoid Parks, backyards, choose landscapes that are big like you did on the road, city….But yeah, would love to see a movie being made, take care and keep up the good work.

  4. Hire ELIJAH WOOD…..and you will have a real “Mega Man. H’es the only actor that I can picture as Mega Man!!!

  5. I’d make it were Elijah is a young soldier in Afghanistan or Iraq who loses his limbs in the war and go from there.

    • Careful ulik that plot sounds more like the 6 million dollar man then Mega Man,

      • Eh, you may be right but there has been many plots that are similar in many successful movies over the years(people might even compare this to Iron Man) I think it would be corny for him just to volunteer, something drastic were he has no other choice should force him to become Mega Man. Actually I think it would be cool if he rejects it and hates it but then realizes what can be done with it and then later the weapons get added.

  6. After some great establishing shots, the scenes with the actors are all poorly framed, a true sign of amateurish quality. For what it is, it’s pretty well done. The acting, though, leaves a lot to be desired. Wiley is just way too broad of a character and Dr. Light is the prime example of stale line reading. It’s also a little to faithful to the game but I applaud the effort.

  7. This is a great example of what we can expect ini the future. The entertainment paradigm is shifting from mega movie empires run by big studios to independent and in some case amateur to semi-pro productions where the creativity of undiscovered talent will be allowed to show itself thru these ‘fan made’ productions.

    The movie studios should spend less time worrying about how to lock down all file sharing optins and more on how to compete ih this coming paradigm shift.

    I’m guessing within the next 5years, maybe 5-10, we will see fan made shorts that start to compete with the big budget productions especially if box office prices continue to soar as a recent story about $20 ticket prices at major urban cities has revealed. I may say differently in 5 – 10 years but as for now I will never pay $20 to see any movie including something on the scale of THE DARK KNIGHT or IRON MAN.

  8. Great movie! But honestly the Mega Man was pretty impressive but there could have been a better one. Acting skills aren’t quite decent. No offense but but Roll was horrible. Doctor Wiley was an amazing actor, please tell him that. Overall the movie was an amazing one. I’m hoping you guys make a Batman movie or a Spiderman 4 movie. Much love. -M

  9. It’s a low budget indie film acting as a big budget Hollywood summer film. To criticize this film for it’s poor special effects, fight scenes, and acting would be pretty mean considering that this was made with a next to nothing budget. This wasn’t made by evil Hollywood producers trying to gather people in the theaters. This was made by a guy who just wanted everyone to see his film for no money in return. One big problem I had with the film is the writing. The dialogue is very cheesy, silly, and many times it appears it’s trying to be a Michael Bay film and Michael Bay isn’t really the right guy to pick inspiration from. Writing good dialogue doesn’t cost a penny, so you can’t say they it’s because of budget. One other thing I can be a jerk about is Dr. Wily. His performance is very strange. They’re actually trying to make Wily a serious villain, but his cartoonish voice and fake mustache makes it hard to take him seriously. They should either had him grow his own mustache or just have him use his real voice. When you consider that this was made on an almost nothing budget, it’s defiantly worth a viewing and it’s cool to see what some filmmakers can do with no money at all, but if your some asshole who will criticize anything despite someones hard work, then you should go back to YouTube commenting.

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