[Welcome to the Sci-Fi Lunch Break, where (mostly) every day we'll be supplying you with a cool bit of audio/visual goodness to break up the monotony of the work day. You bring the turkey on rye, we'll bring you something out of this world to watch while you eat it.]
From the official website for Turbo, a 20 minute long short film from USC film student Jarrett Lee Conway, "[Turbo] tells the story of Hugo Park (Justin Chon, Twilight) a misspent youth whose only outlet for angst is a 4D fighting videogame called "Super Turbo Arena". When Pharaoh King (Jocko Sims, Crash the Series), the Michael Jordan of cyber-sports, announces a tournament to determine who will join his pro-team, Hugo sets his eyes on the prize. But, Hugo isn't the only gamer who wants fame and glory."
Granted it's not the most amazing story ever, as is the case with almost all of the fighting video games from which the inspiration for Turbo was clearly drawn, but what Conway's short lacks in substance it makes up for in style. The effects and editing are of particular note to any aspiring kids out there with a camera and a copy of Adobe After Effects as a slick example of what can be done on a limited budget with an amateur crew. Plus diehard fans of fighting games should get a kick out of Turbo, which looks and acts like the best adaptation of a video game that never was.