Aug. 7, 2012 at 12:26 PM ET
"Portal 2" fan and short filmmaker Zachariah Scott has created an emotional take on what happens after the events of the hit game of puzzle solving and teleportation.
Scott made the video above -- called "After Aperture" -- using Valve's newly released Source Filmmaker tool. The short film is set to the song Vilify by The National, and as it opens we find Chell (Portal's puzzle solving protagonist) sitting on her companion cube looking rather pensive.
Scott does a fantastic job in this piece with editing, cinematography and excellent lighting. But despite how awesome the video might look, Zachariah mentions in his notes on the video that there were several limitations including the fact that the Chell rig in the SourceFilmmaker has a face incapable of any emotional controls or blinks (not surprising considering you only see your character from a distance and in reflections during the game).
But Scott gets around that problem nicely by using the power of physical posture to convey emotion. Despite the limitation, Chell looks like someone just ran over her dog.
In his notes, Scott also wanted to address any concerns fans of the series might have when it comes to continuity. First, at the end of 'Portal 2' the companion cube is noticeably scarred and damaged. However, he points out that the Source Engine doesn't contain a cube with those markings, which is why it looks so shiny and new in his short film. And secondly, Scott says he does know that Chell didn't have the Portal gun with her at the end of the game, but he decided to include it in the video to keep it open ended (suggesting this might all just be a dream).
"After Aperture" is yet another impressive short film made by talented filmmaker using Valve Software's Source Filmmaker, which is currently in beta and free for anyone to use to make their own films. (You can find it here). Hopefully we will see a whole lot more like this.
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