Actors Behind Characters

Actors Behind Characters

 

Some of the most successful and most richest companies from the gaming industry can afford to pay so-called ‘actors’ 

to do the stunts for their games. These people are not necessairly look a likes to the in-game characters, nor they are 

necessairly the voices behind characters. However, this was the case in only but one game and that was Ubisoft’s 

Far Cry 3 where the appearance and voice of the main villain, Vaas Montenegro, were taken from their hired actor, 

Michael Mando. Normally, actors who are in, wear black suits with pin-pointed green and yellow marks all over their suits, 

strategically placed. These help to better and faster do the graphical mapping of the visual appearance of the characters. 

This recent technology saves so much time and effort as well as money, graphic-design-wise. 

It is mostly used for the combat scenes and stunts but it can be also used for the cinematic cutscenes that go between 

missions or chapters. The grapic designers only make the basic, definite appearances of the characters and then that code 

is pinned to the suits, respectively so that someone wearing the suit, on the screen will come out as the character which 

code is linked to the electronics of that suit. After the scenes are being filmed, the tapes go into further editing in order to 

eliminate some impurities that are normal and to fully purify the final product and that is the visual appearance of the characters.

This method is used mostly by companies such as Ubisoft who used it for their both Splinter Cell Conviction and Blacklist 

and as well as Far Cry 3, 4  and Primal. Nowadays, this is is a practice used widely and more commonly because of several things. 

Firstly, it has become more commercial and as a result of it, it is more cheaper, next, it is more easier and thus cost-effective, 

it saves a lot of time. Now, almost any new upcoming game is made with using this technique and this is 

promising high-quality games, grapghic-wise.

 

Written by: Adrian Dimitrijeski

 

Watch for more:

Splinter Cell Conviction " Making of " Part 1

Splinter Cell Conviction " Making of " Part 2

Splinter Cell Conviction " Making of " Part 3



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