Impressive new The Last of Us-inspired fan-made short film is downright terrifying

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Fans of The Last of Us rejoice – a new fan-made short film has been released, inspired by the game, and it’s pretty terrifying.

Fans of the series will have to wait a little longer for the upcoming HBO television show to air, but this 7-minute short film is sure to quench their thirst (or make it even more thirsty). Titled ‘Stay’, this TLOU-inspired short film is written and directed by Compositing Supervisor and Hollywood VFX artist, Joshua Toonen (Godzilla vs Kong, Star Wars IX: Rise of Skywalker).

A team of eight VFX artists contributed to the visual effects as seen in the short film.

The film highlights the extensive use of matte paintings of destruction and decay that befit the world of The Last of Us. The Clicker’s mold-covered faces were digitally created from the models from the actual game to match the gruesome design of Naughty Dog’s artists. Below is the short film along with a series of stunning images of it:

Set in the world of The Last of Us, the fan-made film features an original story intertwined with Ellie’s path to revenge during the events of The Last of Us 2

“Stay is the story of two survivors whose hopes on the Santa Monica Pier light their path through the brutal, dying world of The Last of Us,” the description reads.

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The infected are brought to life in gory, skin-crawling detail by visual effects and video game industry professionals. 7 separate filming locations and 100+ VFX shots flesh out the gloomy, dilapidated atmosphere and expand the game’s environmental stories.

Stay opens with Ellie performing an original cover of Have you ever seen the rain by Credence Clearwater Survival. The final film was shot in Wisconsin during the pandemic and fully realized by 40 different cast and crew members around the world.

Certainly an impressive project. What do you think of this short film? Impressed? Press the comments below.

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