NOT QUITE GAME OVER
Digital Pictures’ promising game Maximum Surge was canned in 1996 when the company closed. But it didn’t mark the end for Tom Zito’s video footage. Snapped up by Insight Film And Video Production around 1999, it was used within a 2003 movie bearing the same name as the game. And it gave fledgling director Jason Bourque his break.
“We had footage starring Walter Koenig and Yasmine Bleeth [stars of Star Trek and Baywatch respectively] as well as a script by Keith Shaw, the brother of the company’s owner,” Jason tells us. “We ended up creating a virtual reality-type plot based around getting this footage to work in a movie, although Koenig wasn’t too happy: he’d signed up for a videogame and thought the project was dead.”
To help the footage make sense, Jason spent eight days filming additional footage on a budget of under 500,000 Canadian dollars. “When I was cutting it, we also looked at using film from other videogames like Corpse Killer, Supreme Warrior and Quarterback Attack,” he adds.
Picked up by a Canadian sci-fi channel and later released on DVD as Game Over, it helped turned Insight into Canada’s biggest independent production company. “A lot of people’s careers in British Columbia were born from this really crappy, C-movie,” Jason says.