Harvest Moon: The Gritty Reboot


At the start of 2012, the Gritty Reboots YouTube channel was born. For our maiden voyage, we decided to embark upon the world of the farm simulation role-playing game, Harvest Moon.

For this production, we made a trek across the Puget Sound to the quaint, idealistic town of Port Gamble. This location provided us with instant production value, and was a perfect representation of the fictional Mineral Town from Harvest Moon. Loosely based on the trailer for the film Promised Land, we crafted a story that follows Pete on his greatest journey yet. Will he keep the farm and make his Grandfather proud? Will he find the right girl? Will he farm all of the things? The video was well-received with over 800,000 views and was shared by many online.

Gritty Reboots is a YouTube channel that takes popular and nostalgic video games, TV shows, comics and more and turns them into gritty, cinematic trailers.

Behind the Scenes

Curious how we were able to film with miniature cows? Want to see our rendition of the “Harlem Shake,” or a jar of milk shatter at 300 frames per second? If so, be sure to check out our Behind the Scenes and Before & After videos, showcasing the entire production from start to finish.

Visual Effects: Before and After


Produced by Cinesaurus
Writers: Forest Gibson, Sarah Hiraki
Director of Photography: David Zimmermann
Editors: Forest Gibson, David Zimmermann
Visual Effects: Steven Hudson
Color Grading: David Hudson
Sound Design: David Zimmermann
Grip: Kevin Lane
Special Thanks to Levi Mykel Gable, GG Ranch


Pete: Forest Gibson
Love Interest & Harvest Goddess: Sarah Hiraki
Mayor: Steven Hudson
Rival: David Hudson
Party Extras: Christine Logan, Isaiah Buchanan, Alix Jones, Jenna Rae Sitton, Molly McIsaac, Evan Tomchick, Jillian Eaker, Philip Duggan, Terra Joy Armstrong Duggan, Zac Cohn, Danielle Sparks, Chris Parker