Directors Cut: Ellen Page naked in Beyond: Two Souls
Probably, even while you read this article Sony is searching the web high and low in an effort to take down leaked images of a “nude” Ellen Page. Academy Award nominated actress Ellen Page, who until this day hasn’t appeared naked in any movie production is probably not pleased to see her naked likeness on the internets.
A few months ago Page got upset with Naughty Dog because The Last of Us protagonist Ellie, resembled her likeness too much.
“I guess I should be flattered that they ripped off my likeness, but I am actually acting in a video game called Beyond Two Souls, so it was not appreciated.”
Is how the actress responded when asked (in a Reddit Ask Me Anything) about her thoughts on The Last of Us’ Ellie.
Now fast forward a few months and Miss Page finds herself in another videogame related “mishap”. During the production of PlayStation 4 exclusive Beyond: Two Souls Ellen Page acted next to Willem Dafoe a custom build motion capture studio. Both as well as other actors who appear in the game wear a so called mocap-suit, which looks like a diving suit with little balls of light connected to them. This technique allows for relatively precise mapping of bodily and facial behavior, all done to ensure that the acting in the game can convey emotions on a level that will make gamers invest emotionally with characters, like they would when watching a movie.
During this motion capture process multiple cameras film the set, all around, from every angle and what we see and play in the game merely is an edited version of what was shot in full 3D.
For Beyond: Two Souls Ellen shot a shower scene (which she did in the above mentioned mocap-suit). Because apparently the raw data for this and presumably all other scenes are still in the game, making it possible to change the fixed camera angles when accessed on a PS3 dev kit the camera showing Ellen’s full monty. And seeing how sex sells, at least one person with access to a PS3 development kit put screenshots of the result online so we could all (at least until Sony started pulling them of the web) enjoy pictures of the breasts of a digital Ellen Page.
- According to the Eskimo Press who allegedly linked to the pictures before Sony contacted them to stop doing so because of legal reasons.
As we can see in the side by side video comparison lots of visual special effects where added later by designers, the mocap-suit is replaced by clothing. With this and a little bit of imagination in mind I wonder how many gamers would be willing to try Beyond: Two Souls if they could play with a naked Ellen Page or just to unlock all of Ellen’s multiple endings
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