Real-life Portal adventure

Jason Craft is very good at special effects. As proof, I offer this homebrew Portal video, in which Craft and friends animate an excellent (and rather comical) Portal adventure. I was amazed to discover that the gun itself is also animated.

My interpretation of what a real POrtal gun would be like if one existed. Based on the video game, POrtal. I tried to match the game as close as possible. This was the most challenging project I have ever undertaken, consisting of 3D tracking, seamless camera cuts and 3D camera projection. This started out as an experiment since I didn't think I could even pull it off, if I knew it would've turned out as good as it did I would've put more of a story behind it. O well, it makes up for in Visual Effects, ENJOY!

Breakdowns are coming.

For those of you that think the gun is a physical prop you can buy, well.....sorry to break the news to you, but it's entirely CG. The 3D Portal gun was replacing/covering up a painted up coffee can with tracking markers.

POrtal: Terminal Velocity (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)


  1. Totally brilliant. Concept, timing, tone, execution. Flawless. Best thing I’ve seen in ages.

  2. I thought he did a great job, even if the free falling thing is made to look easier then it really is to do in the game.  I’m also partial to these guys:

  3. Real people getting up to the kind of normal shenanigans one would, if gifted with magically delicious technology. This is awesome. 

    (sidebar: I want a word or phrase to be invented that has the same connotation as the phrase “deus ex machina” but that could be deployed to cover the purely science-based goodness when super advanced technology [from the future, from aliens, from NASA] makes a sudden , dramatic appearance in a story.)

  4. Okay, I know you can order a portal gun from Valve, but … where did he get moon-dust infused interior latex paint?

  5. So clever! The visual tricks were such a treat. I thought the gun was real! 
    I haven’t played Portal 2 for several months and I had forgotten how one gets out of the falling “loop”.  That just killed me when he went outside and (spoiler alert) shot him into the sky and then off the side of the house.  Seamless and hilarious! Good stuff, Maynard.

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