GHOST RECON: BREAKPOINT
Our conversation with Emil Daubon.
By JAY TEE
Ghost Recon: Breakpoint is attempting to buck a recent Ubisoft open world trend by featuring a nuanced story that is actually coherent, with characters you’re invested in and narrative beats that track logically. Too many of their recent efforts have tried to throw everything into the pot in the hope that something sticks. In the case of Wildlands, this approach led to a Ghost Recon game where cutscenes felt more like masked load screens than truly engaging content. Fortunately, with a genuinely brilliant lead actor in Jon Bernthal, and folks like Emil Daubon involved, they’ve got a real shot at redemption.
We caught up with the veteran turned writer at a hands on press event in London (you can check out our hands on preview here), with over half an hour of in depth insight into his process, his specific contributions to Breakpoint, and his unusual path through this ever evolving industry. Right off the bat, Emil seemed very much at ease talking about the ebb and flow of his career. “In the Spring of '18, I was graduating from Columbia, and my plan was to apply for an MFA programme in film directing, and I didn't get in. When this didn't work out, I was thinking "What am I going to do?"
Turns out, when life throws up a roadblock, you might just find a friend who’s willing to help you get your foot in the door. A fellow student at Columbia recommended him for a position on Breakpoint’s narrative team, and things quickly snowballed from there. It didn’t take long, following his initial meetings with Ubisoft, for Emil to get heavily involved in various aspects of development. Everything, from motion capture, to scripting side missions, became part and parcel of his daily duties.
“Once they realised that I was a Special Forces operator, they asked me to help them with motion capture. They were shooting the CGI announcement trailer, but their normal military consultant wasn't available. Because I know military tactics, as well as my background in film, I was able to bring authenticity into the realm of cinematic viability.”
You can read the full transcript of our interview with Emil Daubon, exclusively on AltChar.com.
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