Microsoft today announced the winner of its Halo: RECUT competition which saw budding directors create works inspired by the unseen adventures of Master Chief, all for chance to embark on an all expenses paid trip to Los Angeles to study at the prestigious New York Film Academy. The lucky winner? Scott Robertson, from Cardiff, UK, with his video “Master Chief’s Day Off.”
The winning film presents the celebrated Halo hero as an average Joe on a break from fighting for the future of mankind and battling with the mundane trivialities of everyday life. Scott said, “My head’s still a little bit in the clouds about it all – I’m such a big fan of Halo and have always enjoyed being creative – but to be chosen a the overall winner is just a dream come true! It was during my recovery from a serious operation that I heard about the Halo: RECUT competition and working on this video really helped me.”
Scott, 25, is over the moon at the opportunity to trade in his day job at British Gas in Cardiff. “I studied Animation at the University of Glamorgan, and this is great chance for me to throw myself back into the world of film – where better than the home of cinema to do this! I just want to say a huge thank you to Xbox, Bungie and, of course, Master Chief for all the help this competition gave me!”
Bungie Studios’ Brian Jarrard added, “This fantastic competition really showcased the creativity and passion that drives the Halo fan community. It was great to see people throw themselves into the task, infusing their personality and style into the Halo legend – often with hilarious consequences! We really want to extend a massive thank you to all those who entered, it’s amazing to see the creativity of the Halo fan base come to life.”
You can see Scott’s film along with the other awarded entries here.