Comic-Con 2011: H+ and MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY Panel Recap

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Aside from the latest in TV and movies, Comic-Con also provides exclusive looks at cutting edge digital media series. Today, we saw the first look at a trailer for H+, a new web series produced by Bryan Singer (X-Men: First Class). H+, directed by Stewart Handler (Sorority Row), is a near-future sci-fi series about what happens to our society when the ultimate in social media technology turns against us. The scope of both the narrative and the production value look to elevate digital media series to a new level. Additionally, director Kevin Tancharoen debuted the last episode in the Mortal Kombat: Legacy digital series that has been running on Machinima.com. Hit the jump to see where you can find these exclusive videos and also a great surprise for fans of Mortal Kombat the video game.

Although Bryan Singer couldn’t be at Comic-Con due to his work on Jack the Giant Killer in London, he did provide a pre-recorded introduction for the audience. In it, he reflects on the rapid evolution of technology he’s seen in his lifetime. H+ is what happens at the moment when that technology evolves to the point of becoming deadly. The following is a description of H+ from their Facebook site:

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H+: The Digital Series takes viewers on a journey into an apocalyptic future where technology has begun to spiral out of control…. a future where 33% of the world’s population has retired its cell phones and laptops in favor of a stunning new device – an implanted computer system called H+. This tiny tool allows the user’s own mind and nervous system to be connected to the Internet 24 hours a day.

But something else is coming… something dark and vicious… and within seconds, billions of people will be dead… opening the door to radical changes in the political and social landscape of the planet — prompting survivors to make sense of what went wrong.

As I mentioned earlier, the production value of the trailer is top notch and hopefully it applies to the rest of the series. The writers and creators of H+, John Cabrera and Cosimo De Tommasso, were on hand to discuss the structure and scope of the series. As a fractured narrative, H+ takes place across 48 3-6 minute episodes that span a story timeline of 10 years in over a dozen countries and feature 16 character arcs. As a digital media series, the budget didn’t allow for travel to all of those locations, so the principal shooting was done in Chile. The panel members stressed that it was a testament to the beauty and diversity of Chile that they were able to film everything from the polished hi-rises of Manhattan to the developing nations of Africa without making any concessions to quality.

Watch for yourself via IGN:

After the H+ panel was finished, director Kevin Tancharoen and some principal cast members of past Mortal Kombat: Legacy episodes took the stage. When asked about the fan reactions to the series, Tancharoen had this to say:

“I’ve gotten a lot of love… and a lot of hate. But I listen to every comment and take fan reactions into consideration.”

Kevin TancharoenTancharoen polled the audience to see who they were interested in seeing in future eps. He said it was up to the fans if there were going to be more episodes.

Jeri Ryan, who appeared via Skype, then compared the fanbase of Mortal Kombat to that of Star Trek.

After more of the cast and crew expressed their confidence in Tancharoen’s vision and stressed the nature of the series with the buzz word “gritty,” they aired the last episode. Episode 9 of Mortal Kombat: Legacy featured the characters Sektor and Cyrax battling it out both before and after their robot conversions. Though Tancharoen said that the rendering of the digital robot fight was the cause behind the delay of this last episode, I think it was worth the wait! Cyrax and Sektor look pretty damn good for a digital media series. The last episode will go live on Machinima.com this coming Sunday.

As a last note for fans of the Mortal Kombat video game series, creator Ed Boon was on hand to make an awesome announcement. Their most recent installment in the game series featured not only visually brutal x-ray attacks, but also new playable characters in downloadable content. After a brief video introducing other, more familiar characters from the MK universe, a new and unexpected face popped up in a graveyard. None other than horror icon Freddy Krueger will be the fourth playable character in the newest game. His rendering looks fantastic and his moves/fatalities were a definite crowd pleaser. For fans of the game and fans of Freddy, this is definitely something to check out!

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