I took the time this last week to put together a reel of my work on Mass Effect 2, done between late 2008 and early 2010. Look below for a full shot breakdown, and, because you’re gonna ask, the music is Invaders Must Die by The Prodigy.

Shot Breakdown

Below is a breakdown of what I was responsible for in each scene. The terms used are as follows:

Animatic

Initial layout of the scene, covering loose camerawork and editing as well as rough posing on the characters to be used as reference for the mocap shoot.

Mocap

Once mocap is received, laying it down and re-editing the timing and cinematography to match, including an initial pass on facial. Often a lot of artistic changes are made at this stage so this forms the bulk of the work.

Polish

The final stage where the VO, facial and all the details such as fingers and contact points are finalised.

Time Scene Name Animatic Mocap Polish
00:01 Arrival Tower Yes Yes
00:08 N7 Geth Yes Yes Yes
00:16 Arrival Mall Yes Yes
00:18 Jack Fling Yes Yes Yes
00:25 Legion Reveal Yes Yes
00:28 Legion Board Yes Yes
00:32 Arrival Mall Yes Yes
00:36 Thane Romance Yes Yes Yes
00:39 Arrival Mall Yes Yes
00:41 Miranda Pre-Romance Yes Yes
00:46 Reaper Arrival Yes Yes
00:49 Legion Board Yes Yes
00:56 Legion Reveal Yes Yes
01:00 Samara Reveal Yes
01:03 Garrus Reveal Yes
01:06 Ending Arrival Yes
01:10 Legion Reveal Yes Yes
01:14 Ship Transfer 1 Yes Yes Yes
01:17 Samara Reveal Yes
01:20 Ship Transfer 2 Yes Yes Yes
01:23 N7 Ruins Yes Yes Yes
01:30 Miranda Pre-Romance Yes Yes
01:37 Samara Reveal Yes
01:41 Hub Depart Yes Yes
01:44 Garrus Reveal Yes Yes
01:51 Thane Romance Yes Yes Yes
02:00 Legion Activation Yes Yes Yes
02:10 Jack Romance Yes Yes Yes