Ubisoft's LA screening of Ghost Recon Alpha was packed with Hollywood big-wig types, but there was still a comfortable seat for a lowly games writer like myself.
The 25-minute film is Ubisoft Motion Pictures' second project, after last year's Assassin's Creed: Lineage films, and if it proves one thing, it's that Ubisoft isn't treating their new film division as second fiddle.
Alpha is directed by Francois Alaux and Herve de Crecy, who won an Academy Award for their 2010 short film Logorama, and written by Children of Men's Tim Sexton.
The short film follows Ghost Team for the course of one mission, from its covert, civilian-garbed beginning to an explosive final firefight.
There's not much in the way of characterization or expositionâ€”it's all grizzled, clenched jaws, obtuse hand signals, futuristic video chats and precision sniper shots.
It's in the direction that the film really shines.