I think they tried to make a live-action Halo movie last year, but something about the budget or copyright agreements forced Hollywood to cancel the project. I heard that the project demanded almost a billion dollar to produce!
But who knows, maybe in the next half-decade or so, we could see a live-action Halo movie in theaters. If done just right, it might actually be pretty cool!
Yes, because Halo is just THAT popular! And if it doesn't epically suck, I would be one of the people who contribute to those billions, despite the fact that I like Halo without really being a hardcore fan.
Personally, I think Jason Statham should play the part of Master Chief, because he can pull off just the right voice and additude, but the Master Chief character SERIOUSLY NEEDS a name!
the hdr use can be done numerous ways via photoshop or individual programs/ filters, just google that. As for smudge painting its constant smudging of every part of the image so it flows well enough to create a paint like form.