Rick Burroughs' Alan Wake Book Now on Apple's iBook Store

The Alan Wake Novel I wrote about a few months back has made it's way into the digital era.

The novel is now available >on Apple's iBook store. You'll be able to read it on an iPad as well as an iPhone or iPod Touch.

If you'll remember, this was the adaptation that was written by Rick Burroughs and published by Tor Books. The digital copy is $10, just like the physical, and was a great way for non-gamers to discover more about Bright Falls via Alan Wake. A year after the game's release, this is an excellent time for fans of the game to relive the experience as well.

High Resolution Bright Falls Cover Art

The Double Feature page for the Bright Falls episode now includes high resolution cover art!

Last year the film podcast did a lengthy analysis of Bright Falls for their The Shining + Bright Falls episode. They just put up a new website, and one of the features is full on 1000x1500 pixel movie poster art. Every single episode got one, and that includes Bright Falls!

The image looks like it's a slightly altered version of the teaser movie-poster mockup that has been featured on the IMDB page as well as IGN.com. It's a real clean version, without all the text and whatnot on the bottom. It would be perfect for your own version of the Bright Falls DVD you'll never be able to buy at retail. Head over to the site to get the full resolution image. It's about half way down the page.

Bright Falls Analysis on Double Feature

Need a little more Bright Falls chat in your life?

The Shining + Bright Falls

Double Feature is a weekly podcast (like a free internet radio show) that puts two films back to back and discusses just what makes the films so awesome. I (Eric Ingrum) host the show along with Michael Koester. We've bent the rules a bit this week to include Bright Falls on the show, despite the fact it's not exactly a film. We're pairing it up with Kubrick's The Shining.

The discussion on Bright Falls starts around 34:15 and last until the end of the show. There's not a lot of in-depth stuff for people who read this blog, but there's some great surface discussion. Michael had never seen Bright Falls before, we we talked a bit about beginning theories and how someone might begin to solve the puzzle. We also focused on some of the film making aspects of the series that I don't often get to write about here.

A little warning - the episode is spoiler inclusive and fairly vulgar. Unnecessarily vulgar, even.

Grab the episode for free on the website. If you know someone who's just seen Bright Falls for the first time, by all means send them the link. If you like the show yourself, subscribe in iTunes! We cover a new set of films every week.

Alan Wake Music Video

Less than a week ago some live action Alan Wake footage hit the web. We now know that the footage was part of the new Poets of the Fall video for their song War. You can now view the full video!

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Ilkka Villi, who played Alan Wake in Bright Falls, reprises the role in the video. Even knowing that he was the model for Alan Wake in the video game of the same name, it's a still pretty amazing seeing him standing there on the road. You can't believe what you're looking at.

While a lot of people may have been hoping for some sort of Bright Falls TV series or even a film, this music video is actually a pretty big deal. As Remedy teased earlier this week, this is something unlike anything that's ever been done in the industry.

It was only in the last decade when Grand Theft Auto created a break through licensing deal to collect a massive soundtrack of known artists and musicians for their franchise. This led to the videogame industry working hand-in-hand with the music industry. Today we see not only a great deal of licensed content, but entire franchises based around it. Guitar Hero, Rock Band...some of the most popular games today wouldn't exist without a deal like that.

Now we're seeing another part of the equation. In the 90s, the movie tie-in music video became common place. Only now has the gaming industry caught up. Here's an artist promoting their hit single using not a movie tie-in, but a video game tie-in instead!

This represents a turning point where games have gotten so realistic (not to mention popular) that something like Alan Wake makes sense to put in a live action music video. Not only is this a music video about a video game, but it's done without using a single frame of the game itself. Alan Wake's imagery is so powerful and its characters are so lifelike that you can do an entire five minutes of live action and people know what it's from. You see Ilkka, you see that obnixious jacket and the flare, and you know this is Alan Wake. It's pretty incredible.

New Alan Wake Live Action Teaser

A mysterious new Alan Wake video has just shown up on YouTube.

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We see Alan Wake and a woman who may or may not be his wife (looks like her hair is pretty long!). You get the iconic flare, the manuscript pages, and Alan lying around in the dirt. Is that the infamous clicker in his hand?

Remedy is being really tight lipped about what exactly the teaser is. E3 is nearly upon us, and the first episode of downloadable content comes out in a month or so. It's most likely a promotional ad to get keep people about the game as the new content becomes available.

There is also speculation that this may be a clip from the new music video from Poets of the Fall. The band is currently working on a video for their song "War," which is featured in the Alan Wake videogame.