Ed Zwick is a proper director. He made waves on television in the 1980’s with “Thirtysomething” and graduated to film thereafter. There’s a chance that you’ve seen his work – his catalogue includes “Glory”, “Courage Under Fire”, “The Last Samurai” and this year’s “Love & Other Drugs”.
So, it is with some surprise today that I read on Empire Online that Zwick has made a short film to help promote Sony’s upcoming PS3 action sequel “Uncharted 3”.
Not because it’s the kind of thing that he should be above – Neil LaBute also did something similar when “Heavy Rain” came out in 2010 – but it is an interesting example of the ways that entertainment is mixing, melding and coming together in intriguing ways.
There’s some commentary in the piece about EbertGate – the venerable film critic Roger Ebert had issues with games being perceived as Art and got a volley of righteous internet rage for his troubles – and Zwick is appropriately circumspect in dealing with the issue of gaming – he doesn’t – and games as art – why not? As he points out, there were misguided souls who used to think of animation as an illegitimate art form and look how misguided that line of thinking looks like now.
So, what are we taking away from this? Games are attracting interesting people from outside the culture inside to talk about them, Sony have deep pockets (or great relationships with film makers) and “Uncharted 3” is going to rock my proverbial socks off.