Portal Short Tops Viewfinder 2011 List
Dan Trachtenberg’s Portal: No Escape, a visually enticing interpretation of the classic Valve game, came out on top in this year’s Viewfinder List. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, it’s a list made up of shorts produced by film industry up-and-comers that’s voted on by insiders — directors, producers and creatives — who have major influence on what gets made and what doesn’t.
No Escape beat out a sea of damn good shorts, one of which was wonderfully narrated by the Metatron himself, Alan Rickman (my personal favorite. Next to Portal, of course.) If you haven’t seen the video in awhile, and even if you have, you can catch it past the jump.
The Viewfinder List was created for filmmakers by the same folks who came up with The Black List for screenwriters so many years ago. The Black List is an annual compilation of screenplays that were passed on in any given year but showed enough promise industry insiders wished to give them a second chance. Previous Black List toppers include The Social Network and the under-rated Cedar Falls. At the very least, Trachtenberg’s place on the Viewfinder List means there’s one more game-friendly director in Hollywood who knows what he’s doing. And that is in no way a bad thing.