Series co-creator Ed Boon has continued to thrill with excerpts of the filming process from the first Mortal Kombat. The game that started it all celebrates its 30th Anniversary later this year, which means its already been that long since Raiden created a unique challenge! Watch:
Master of motion Carlos Pesina is captured in this excerpt from filming sessions, which shows capturing the image of a thunder god is no easy feat! John Tobias is charged with adjusting Raiden's iconic hat as it jostles out of position in the throes of dealing and receiving Mortal Kombat's deadly moves.
Recounting the scene to micro-blogging service Twitter, Ed Boon notes: "Over the 2 days we filmed Carlos as Raiden, his hat fell off countless times. To this day, I’m shocked we used only a rubber band to keep it on. WTF were we thinking? Carlos was a great sport during all this, especially while performing “knocked down” motions."
Adjusting the hat once Pesina was knocked down meant corrected frames could be stitched into the end of animation, but for a "kip up" hop to resume standing - the hat could not be secured. Necessity being the mother of all invention, this was the moment that inspired Raiden's electrically charged teleport -- an intuitive use of his godly nature to skip straight to stance.
Mortal Kombat has always been economic with its use of assets and Boon elabortes, "We liked that solution (and effect) so much that we ended up giving Raiden a (now iconic) teleport move using the same animation."
We can also witness the moment disaster strikes when a flip ends with Carlos Pesina crashing down on the conical hat. It's a story recounted in 'character card' vignettes included with Mortal Kombat: Deception. The hat was repaired and reused throughout the two day shoot.
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