The production of live-action cutscenes for Resident Evil took place in 1995.

Production history

The idea of commissioning film shorts for use in the game was that of game director Shinji Mikami, who wanted a more horror film approach to the game. Filming began sometime in 1995, with use of a studio for the indoor scenes and the bank of the Tama river for outdoor scenes. The location was picked for its cost-effectiveness, being near Tokyo.[1]

Six Caucasian actors were hired for the shoot to play the parts of Chris; Jill; Barry; Rebecca; Albert and Joseph. While some were established voice actors and took part in the recording of their characters' dialogue, others merely happened to be in Japan at the time. Jill's actress, dubbed "Inezh" in the credits, was a high schooler with no experience in acting at all. According to an interview with Mikami in BIO HAZARD The True Story Behind BIO HAZARD, Inezh became agitated during the recording due to the number of mosquitoes flying around.[1]

Overall the production resulted in seven distinct scenes being shot: the opening shot on the Tama, a character gallery, and six live-action sequences for the game's different endings, which were further altered in some cases to reflect 'good' and 'bad' outcomes in post-production.

Cast and crew

  • Chris Redfield - Charlie
  • Jill Valentine - Inezh
  • Barry Burton - Gregory
  • Rebecca Chambers - Linda
  • Albert Wesker - Eric
  • Joseph Frost - Jason
  • Producer - Norihito Nishitani
  • Production Manager - Masanari Takano
  • Director - Matsuhisa Hosoki
  • Cinematographer - Iwao Hara
  • Lighting - Takahisa Aida
  • Make-up - Shoko Kato
  • Styling - Wakana Hara
  • Casting - Toru Tateishi

Cuts

The live-action sequences were released in a number of versions, with different soundtracks used throughout. The opening varied heavily between releases of the game, with there being versions in colour and black and white, and some censored and uncensored.

Cutscene Version Colour Censored Music
Opening Original No Yes
Director's Cut No Yes
Director's Cut
DualShock
No Yes Misterioso
Sega Saturn No No
Deadly Silence No Yes
Character intro Original Yes Terror (Darkness Lives)
Director's Cut Yes Terror (Darkness Lives)
Director's Cut
DualShock
Yes Mosso
Sega Saturn Yes No Terror (Darkness Lives)
Deadly Silence Yes Terror (Darkness Lives)
Chris best ending Original Yes No
Director's Cut Yes No
Director's Cut
DualShock
Yes No Gentile - grandioso
Sega Saturn Yes No
Chris and Rebecca ending Original Yes No
Director's Cut Yes No
Director's Cut
DualShock
Yes No Gentile - grandioso
Sega Saturn Yes No
Deadly Silence Yes No
Chris and Jill good ending Original Yes No
Director's Cut Yes No
Director's Cut
DualShock
Yes No
Sega Saturn Yes No
Deadly Silence Yes No
Chris and Jill bad ending Original Yes No
Director's Cut Yes No
Director's Cut
DualShock
Yes No Gentile
Sega Saturn Yes No
Deadly Silence Yes No
Chris bad ending Original Yes No
Director's Cut Yes No
Director's Cut
DualShock
Yes No Gentile
Sega Saturn Yes No
Deadly Silence Yes No
Jill best ending Original Yes No
Director's Cut Yes No
Director's Cut
DualShock
Yes No Gentile - grandioso
Sega Saturn Yes No
Deadly Silence Yes No
Jill and Barry ending Original Yes No
Director's Cut Yes No
Director's Cut
DualShock
Yes No

Gentile - grandioso

Sega Saturn Yes No
Deadly Silence Yes No
Jill bad ending Original Yes No
Director's Cut Yes No
Director's Cut
DualShock
Yes No Gentile
Sega Saturn Yes No
Deadly Silence Yes No

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 Shinji Mikami Interview (translated from ASOB book). ReHorror. Archived from the original on 2008-06-28-. Retrieved on 2019-12-07.
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