Red Sand Mass Effect Film

BioWare’s Mass Effect is one of those series that was able to craft together an intricate, detailed and involving storyline that spans across multiple video games, books and comics. While the official movie is still in the early stages, a student-produced fan-film is approaching release – and it includes the man behind the voice of Commander Shepard, Mark Meer.

Though BioWare hasn’t officially commented on the movie, it’s obviously aimed at fans of the Mass Effect franchise and is self-etitled as an ‘unofficial prequel’.

The film, titled Red Sand, is based in the year 2148. For those who may not know, that’s 35 years before Commander Shepard, and less than 10 years before the First Contact War. Red Sand will detail the first time humans encountered Prothean technology on the planet Mars, as well as an introduction to Element Zero, a core element in biotics. Of course, Mark Meer is playing the role of someone new and obviously not resuming his role as Commander Shepard, who is based off the looks of model Mark Vanderloo.

Without further ado, take a look at the Red Sand trailer below:


Game Rant had a chance to interview the director of Red Sand, Caleb Evans, back in February. It was revealed that the entire project is being done by a core group of just 30-40 people, with funding assistance by the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona. They secured the voice of Shepard by impressing him with the script – of course, it also helped that BioWare haven’t contacted him for doing any voicework in the Extended DLC yet.

Since the production may deviate from how fans imagined the history of Mass Effect, the director wanted to reassure fans that the title would stay true to the series:

“I really want fans to know that this was written by someone who loves the Mass Effect Series. The research has been done and creative minds help bring you a familiar, yet extremely unique world. I want fans to keep an open mind and to get extremely excited for this film. It is going to be a visual spectacle with a great story. We are putting hundreds if not thousands of man hours into making this film great, I hope everyone is getting as excited as I am for this film to release!”

Red Sand is set to release online later this summer. You can keep an eye on their Facebook Page¬†where they’ll be releasing all Red Sand related news.

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