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Ellen Page Rumored to Give voice in a Video Game?

Posted: Jun 05, 2012 2:33 am
by CommanderKool
So, I've been seeing this floating around. It's a rumor, but I thought I would share. Here is the link to the article I found.

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/35 ... s-suggest/

Ellen Page Rumored to Give voice in a Video Game?

Posted: Jun 05, 2012 3:46 am
by Glee Plane
Looks like the rumor is true. During E3 Sony announced that Ellen will have the lead role in a game titled Beyond. A very interesting trailer is in the link below:
BEYOND: Two Souls (tm) is a unique psychological action thriller featuring Academy Award(r) nominee, Ellen Page in the lead role. Experience the incredible life of a person who possesses extraordinary powers through a connection with an invisible entity. Watch as your actions and decisions determine her fate and face incredible emotional challenges never before seen in a video game.
http://www.ausgamers.com/news/read/3215 ... rs+News%29

Ellen Page Rumored to Give voice in a Video Game?

Posted: Jun 05, 2012 4:19 am
by venusice
More confirmation http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012- ... ge-onboard
Ellen Page's involvement is seen as key by director David Cage. "I'm sure that all gamers will instantly fall in love with her," said Cage.
Great that this is legitimate. Interesting trajectory in her career :D

EDIT:

From this old article http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/e3-2012- ... ser/097264
As with Heavy Rain, it will be narrative based and use motion-captured actors to give a sense of real-world immersion. What we also know is that the game will be a Sony exclusive.

Heavy Rain was a hit with both critics and consumers. It focused on believable performances form the actors playing its main cast to convey a story that was emotionally deep and, by games terms at least, subtle and thought-provoking
Also from another old article, another well-known actor will be a part of this project http://www.computerandvideogames.com/35 ... -ps3-game/
Quantic Dream, the Paris games studio responsible for the critically acclaimed PS3 title Heavy Rain, has hired a "well-known actor and actress" to provide voice work on its next project, CVG understands.
Ellen just tweeted about it too https://twitter.com/EllenPage/statuses/ ... 9883592700
Ahhhh Beyond! So excited and grateful to be apart of David Cage's work! It has been an incredible experience.
:D

Ellen Page Rumored to Give voice in a Video Game?

Posted: Jun 05, 2012 4:24 am
by CommanderKool
Ha. 3 tweets in a day! That's a record, Ellen! XD

Ellen Page Rumored to Give voice in a Video Game?

Posted: Jun 05, 2012 4:58 am
by CyberGhostface
Looks good, I'm excited.

http://youtu.be/4NEup8y0g-Q

Ellen Page Rumored to Give voice in a Video Game?

Posted: Jun 05, 2012 5:12 am
by UCFRdWarrior
Awesome news! Congrats to Ellen! Hey this means I gotta be a gamer now.... :)

Oh yeah...I see someone got some Stanley Cup Finals tickets :)

Ellen Page Rumored to Give voice in a Video Game?

Posted: Jun 05, 2012 5:18 am
by venusice
More detail about the game http://www.ingame.msnbc.msn.com/technol ... ond-813498
For their new game, Cage said Page will play Jodie Holmes as gamers take her through 15 years of her life. He also said the game will explore death and the afterlife and promised it would be "emotional, mature and unique."

Ellen Page Rumored to Give voice in a Video Game?

Posted: Jun 05, 2012 5:33 am
by miKe
Just saw this and am really excited because i loved [David Cage's] Indigo Prophecy/Fahrenheit and [also David Cage's] Heavy Rain. :hyper: They are less video game-y than most video games...or at least they're more emotionally engaging than most games.

Not really related, but the character in the game The Last of Us has been redesigned and doesn't look so much like Ellen anymore.

Ellen Page Rumored to Give voice in a Video Game?

Posted: Jun 05, 2012 7:24 am
by Chocoburger
So we go from The Last of Us using her likeness but it actually being Ashley Thompson's voice and motions, to her actually being in a different Sony game? Ellen doesn't play video games (she's a bit of a technophobe I believe), what made her want to do this project?

Still I'm excited, she's punching people and cursing, jumping off trains and whatnot. But the shaved head look and the E3 demo were poor. Sitting there for 5 minutes with her buzzed hair wasn't appealing or entertaining, though the full game should be a great experience, they could have done a better job with the world reveal today.

Someone get her a bandage.
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Ellen has always looked cute in hats and hoods.
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Ellen Page Rumored to Give voice in a Video Game?

Posted: Jun 05, 2012 1:31 pm
by Dominik
Here is an excellent and in-depth article on "Beyond: Two Souls":
Behind Closed Doors with Beyond: Two Souls
We see the first footage of Quantic Dream's paranormal thriller and talk to David Cage about directing Ellen Page.
By Oli Welsh Published 5 June, 2012

Guillaume de Fondaumière looks nervous. He even sounds a bit nervous. The tall, easygoing Frenchman who heads up Paris' Quantic Dream studio is uncharacteristically stumbling over his words. His phone rings twice as he tries to address the room in a Santa Monica office block, eerily deserted on this Sunday afternoon. He fumbles with it, earning a tart comment from his partner in crime David Cage, writer-director of Heavy Rain and Fahrenheit.

If he is feeling nervous, small wonder. Tomorrow (or a few minutes ago, as you read this), the pair will announce their new game on the biggest stage imaginable, as a key weapon in the glitzy war of the E3 press conference face-off. The word is that Sony is throwing its full corporate weight behind the "huge" title from the experimental Frenchmen. And today they're showing it to a handful press for the first time.

De Fondaumière needn't have worried. The game, a paranormal thriller called Beyond: Two Souls, has star power to spare - and E3 will surely swoon in its wake.

Beyond's star power comes in two forms: the first is in the person of Hollywood actress Ellen Page (Juno, Inception), who plays its heroine, Jodie Holmes, a young woman who "has a link with an invisible entity," according to Cage. Page isn't just a likeness and voice for the game; she spent weeks with Cage in Quantic Dream's new full-body performance capture studio, acting out every scene.

Her star is rivalled by the game's own. Built in a stunning new proprietary engine, it's as different from the dark mystery thriller Heavy Rain as it is similar to it. It continues in Cage's "interactive drama" vein, and still seems to have a troubling, melancholy note to it - but it also features action and spectacle, supernatural elements and suspense.

More to the point, amid the empty bombast and indistinguishable brutality of another round of E3 previews, Beyond looks and feels very different to its peers. For one thing, the first scene we see is quiet.

When you've signed an actor like Ellen Page, it takes real courage to show her barely acting at all - yet there she is on screen, clothes torn and head shaven, staring defiantly at a wall and refusing to answer the questions of a kindly-looking police lieutenant. She has one line: "I know. They're coming," spoken to a ghostly presence we can't see. A SWAT team arrives on cue and surrounds the room she's in. Fade to black - and eat your heart out, LA Noire, because the quiet intensity of her digitised performance makes its much-vaunted dialogue scenes look like pantomime.

This is enigmatic stuff, and Quantic doesn't give us much more to reveal. A whirlwind of further clips shows an apparently intense manhunt for Jodie with set-piece action scenes: explosions, a motorcycle chase, something that might be a possession, a shimmering forcefield, telekinesis tearing down a clocktower. Jodie and/or the presence that accompanies her (which she addresses as Iden, or Aidan - Cage says the spelling is "a big question at the moment") appear to have considerable power.

Cage is coy about exactly how the game will play, but suggests it will be in the same idiom as Heavy Rain, with cinematic camera angles and varied control prompts that correspond closely with Jodie's actions, putting the player in the scene. "People will be surprised to see how we treat action sequences," he tells me. "I don't think we do it the same way than other studios. We have our own take on this, we keep the cinematography, we keep our specific approach to controls, to make them part of the mimicry, to make you feel like you are the character... Every single moment has almost different gameplay," he tells me.

All the same, I suggest, with its explosions and fantastical twist, compared to the grim psychodrama of Heavy Rain, Beyond seems a bit more, well... video gamey? "Oh my God, no! Nooo waaay. No, really no," exclaims Cage. "I'm telling you, you'll be really surprised by the story. And there are moments in this game that you've never seen anywhere else, I'm telling you.

"Don't expect us to do anything traditional... We didn't make any compromise. 'Oh, let's put some explosions so we're gonna get more gamers buying the game' - that's really not how we think, otherwise we would have done probably Heavy Rain 2, which would have guaranteed more sales. There is an explosion because I need an explosion, not because I think an explosion will make me sell more."

Cage has a theatrical streak, but you can tell he means it - and with his uncompromising back catalogue, he's earned the benefit of the doubt. "I don't write responding to anyone's feedback. I write what I believe in. Otherwise you are not a writer any more, you are just a marketing guy."

Cage is not a marketing guy, but he is a great salesman. Before we see the footage for the first time, he milks the announcement of Ellen Page as his star with gusto, reducing his soft voice almost to a whisper and offering a dramatic pause before her name. She was who he'd had in mind from the moment he started writing Jodie, he says, for her combination of strength and vulnerability. He describes her arriving at their first meeting like a soft-focus scene in a romantic movie.

"When she came she was 10 metres away, looking for some strange French people somewhere, and when I saw her I felt, my God, that's Jodie. It's a very strange thing for a writer, seeing your character appear in front of you by magic, almost. As she was walking towards me, it lasted like 10 seconds, but it was a year for me." Cue strings.

I'm kidding, but in conversation later, Cage swells with genuine, starstruck pride about working with Page. "She came in a very simple way... very easy to deal with, very professional, just wanting to give her best. She really respected the medium, which was something incredibly important to me, to have someone saying, 'I'm going to treat that as seriously as if it was a movie, I don't care it was a game.'

"When you direct someone like Ellen it's really like driving a Ferrari... It's really sensitive. You need to be very careful about what you say because she's going to give it to you." He's full of praise for her work ethic too - and it was work, as different as you can get from an easy voiceover gig. Shooting without sets, props or costumes on Quantic's motion capture stage in Paris "requires a lot of concentration and focus" from an actor, Cage reckons. "She kept saying that this is like an acting boot camp." Has she seen the results yet? "No... not yet," he says a little sheepishly. "But I think she will be surprised!"

Another challenge of the role was that Beyond follows Jodie through 15 years of her life; her link with the "invisible entity" has been there as long as she can remember, although Cage hints that she isn't the only one who feels its presence. "It's really not a power, it's a character, it's about living with someone," he says.

He also suggests that the dilemmas and story-altering choices from Heavy Rain will return, this time with the potential to change Jodie's path across the game's long narrative span: "It's very interesting to see how you can play with the same character at different ages, how what you're going to leave with her when she's a certain age will have consequences on her life later on."

Another big writing job for Cage, then. "For Heavy Rain I spent a lot of time trying to find the language I wanted to use. I probably wrote the game twice before getting my script. Here, it was much more straight to the point, it took me less time to write it. But it was as painful as Heavy Rain, probably. It's really an unreasonable amount of work. I really felt it this time."

Would he ever share the job with others? Some games have scriptwriting teams... But Cage is too proud for that, and his games are too personal to him. "There's always something very personal in what I write. It was the case in Heavy Rain, and it's the case again in Beyond. You need to write something that you feel in your guts, in one way or another. There are moments in the life of Jodie that I've lived myself, in a different way.

"When you write about something that you've experienced before, that you feel really strongly in your heart, I think the result is different. It's not just about having a bunch of talented people and saying, just write a game, whatever. It's about writing something personal, something sincere, something you believe in, something you feel."

Cage's work divides opinion, but his passion, ambition and commitment are beyond reproach. And you have to extend that respect to his publisher, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, too. By backing Quantic as far as it needs to realise its story and acquire its star, it's brought a strikingly different tone to this E3 - and the hope that not every publishing house is content to see out this hardware generation with sound and fury, signifying nothing. In a conservative world, that's going above and beyond.

Source: www.eurogamer.net

Ellen Page Rumored to Give voice in a Video Game?

Posted: Jun 05, 2012 9:27 pm
by Chocoburger
Crap, I jokingly tweeted to Ellen that she looked 'boy-ish' with her shaved head (though it is kind of true), and she blocked me on twitter. I didn't think she would ever read my tweets, she's always ignored me (and I've sent a lot). But I guess that confirms she did read at least one of my tweets sent to her.

Dom, you should tell her I was just kidding and ask her to unblock me. :rose:

Ellen Page Rumored to Give voice in a Video Game?

Posted: Jun 06, 2012 5:12 am
by XeXe

Ellen Page Rumored to Give voice in a Video Game?

Posted: Jun 06, 2012 2:56 pm
by plexus
:disbelief: :stunned:
Just, wow.

I feel like I was frozen a couple of years. I didn't play video games for some time now, and I can't believe how much the technology advanced since the last few years.
It blows my mind how realistic this looks. Especially the amazing resemblence to the real Ellen. Tip of the hat to the designers of this 3D model and its surfaces.
UCFRdWarrior wrote:Awesome news! Congrats to Ellen! Hey this means I gotta be a gamer now.... :)
Me too. :)

Ellen Page Rumored to Give voice in a Video Game?

Posted: Jun 06, 2012 3:56 pm
by XeXe
plexus wrote:Especially the amazing resemblence to the real Ellen.
Yeah, that's truly amazing! I'm not quite sure, but did they borrowed even skin tones and all moles from Ellen? :laugh:
offtopic:
Is that possible, that once they got her 3D character they'll be able to produce a lot of thing without real Ellen, just re-using the same 3D model?

Ellen Page Rumored to Give voice in a Video Game?

Posted: Jun 06, 2012 5:57 pm
by CommanderKool
I for one just really want to play the game! It looks so freaking cool, and Ellen's the lead! I wonder what made her say yes to doing a video game...hmmm

Ellen Page Rumored to Give voice in a Video Game?

Posted: Jun 07, 2012 1:13 am
by miKe
Thanks for posting all the screenshots and the article. :) :no1:

I love that Ellen's constantly trying new things. I bet that's part of the appeal for her of making a game.
Chocoburger wrote:Ellen doesn't play video games (she's a bit of a technophobe I believe), what made her want to do this project?
Is she a technophobe? I know she visited this website many years ago and has Facebook and Twitter accounts, I thought she liked technology.
Sorry to hear that you got blocked, Choco. :/
XeXe wrote:offtopic:
Is that possible, that once they got her 3D character they'll be able to produce a lot of thing without real Ellen, just re-using the same 3D model?
I don't think they will. There are a lot of things to consider:
(1) You can't reproduce Ellen's voice without Ellen.
(2) Quantic Dream is using motion capture to get all the animations. You could maybe use another person in Ellen's place, but it's probably tough if you want the character to be interacting with anything unless she's exactly the same size as Ellen. Plus, a different actress just wouldn't act the same as Ellen.

Ellen Page Rumored to Give voice in a Video Game?

Posted: Jun 07, 2012 11:07 pm
by crazy burgers
This is pretty awesome. I loved Heavy Rain!

I thought I read that her guilty pleasure is playing Wii?

Ellen Page Rumored to Give voice in a Video Game?

Posted: Jun 08, 2012 4:20 am
by CommanderKool
She likes the Wii? o.o

Ellen Page Rumored to Give voice in a Video Game?

Posted: Jun 09, 2012 12:04 am
by sideburner
I wonder if they'll keep Ellen's signature running style in the game or if they "correct it" :)

Anyways, i'm seriously thinking about buying a PS3 only for this game. It certainly looks very cool.

Ellen Page Rumored to Give voice in a Video Game?

Posted: Jun 10, 2012 6:15 am
by CommanderKool
I'm looking into buying a PS3 just for this game too. Great minds think alike. x)