Short Film: ‘RPG OKC’ is an 8-Bit Romance For the Ages

RPG OKC Short Film

Why Watch? Bursting with imagination and sweet comedic appeal, this short from Emily Carmichael chronicles the online relationship of two fantasy video game characters. So, you guessed it, RPG OKC is short for Role Playing Game OK Cupid.

Toying with the grandiose, antique language of the genre by injecting some blunt, modern questions and advice from sidekicks, the greatest achievement here (beyond the inventive style of course) is the sense of timing. The clunky old school movements and scrolling text allow Carmichael to mess with standard video game design in a way that brings awkward perfection to a tenuous, star cross’d love while treating their courtship as both realistic and epic. A clever blend of rudeness and romance.

What Will It Cost? About 9 minutes.

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Hat tip to Short of the Week for this one.

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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