Escape From City-17

The resulting short film, Half-Life: Escape From City-17, juxtaposes epic sci-fi wasteland shots with live-action sequences captured in Toronto using a handheld camera.The brothers launched Escape From City-17 in February, hoping to attract lucrative TV commercial work by showcasing their visual effects talents. Instead, the short found instant traction among videogame fanboys, paving the way for a feature film project and two more installments of a projected Half-Life trilogy.Like Neill Blomkamp's gritty District 9, which similarly started out as a short film before expanding into a big-screen blockbuster, City-17 is a shining example of grass-roots moviemaking conjured by filmmakers with distinctive vision and no shortage of DIY drive.