Changing Cortana's Look In Halo Season 2 Was No Easy Task

When Halo Season 2 first premiered, there were a number of changes--especially in relation to the blue-tinted artificial intelligence Cortana, who accompanied Master Chief (Pablo Schreiber) on his Season 1 adventures. Cortana had taken full control of Master Chief as the first season ended, with the enhanced soldier giving up control of himself to the AI. When Season 2 rolled around, not only had a time jump meant that Cortana was no longer anywhere near Master Chief, but she wasn't even played by the same actress.In Season 2, Jen Taylor--who has played Cortana in the Halo games for over two decades--is no longer doing motion capture for the role. Instead, producers recast her with an entirely new actress, Season 2 addition Christina Bennington. Of course, that doesn't mean Taylor is out of the equation. To find out exactly how this works and why the change was made, GameSpot sat down with Halo executive producer Kiki Wolfkill and Season 2 showrunner David Wiener.According to Wolfkill, as planning for Season 2 began, Halo's creative team wanted to be able to focus on the "facial fidelity of Cortana" moving forward.Continue Reading at GameSpot

Feb 28, 2024 - 23:50
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Changing Cortana's Look In Halo Season 2 Was No Easy Task

When Halo Season 2 first premiered, there were a number of changes--especially in relation to the blue-tinted artificial intelligence Cortana, who accompanied Master Chief (Pablo Schreiber) on his Season 1 adventures. Cortana had taken full control of Master Chief as the first season ended, with the enhanced soldier giving up control of himself to the AI. When Season 2 rolled around, not only had a time jump meant that Cortana was no longer anywhere near Master Chief, but she wasn't even played by the same actress.

In Season 2, Jen Taylor--who has played Cortana in the Halo games for over two decades--is no longer doing motion capture for the role. Instead, producers recast her with an entirely new actress, Season 2 addition Christina Bennington. Of course, that doesn't mean Taylor is out of the equation. To find out exactly how this works and why the change was made, GameSpot sat down with Halo executive producer Kiki Wolfkill and Season 2 showrunner David Wiener.

According to Wolfkill, as planning for Season 2 began, Halo's creative team wanted to be able to focus on the "facial fidelity of Cortana" moving forward.

Continue Reading at GameSpot

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