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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Game in Real Life

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Don’t get confused, this is not game play but rather real life parkour with some great editing thrown in.

Many people who watch this video are confused because they think that is actually a game, but it is truly actual stunts taking place in Croyden, England.

It was attempted to get the video to feel like the game as much as possible so they tried to have a continual run with little cuts in between just like you would see in the game.

The video took 8 months to produce and was filmed on buildings that would match the characteristics found in the game.

See this video and let us know how well you think the game and video matched up.


Thanks to claudio.co.uk for this video and article about the making of this video:


When it comes to personal projects, I’ll always try to do something that’s a little bit challenging. I spend most of the year doing branded content or corporate work and the majority of the time you don’t get to do something a bit more creative.

So. When I do get some spare time I like to experiment, and this project gave that opportunity. With this one I wanted to keep it as close to the game as possible – mimicking the ziplines, helicopters and locations as closely as the budget permitted (£almost.zero and a couple of Nandos meals). The E3 announcement trailer didn’t give too many clues as to what the new game would feature, but I did try to include some of the combat elements.

The biggest challenge with this project was to not have a single ‘cut’ during the full run, as obviously in the game you can’t just skip out certain parts of the map (as boring as they may be). Luckily I live near a fairly hated town called Croydon, which features a few nice, Mirror’s Edge-esque buildings. The buildings we shot the majority of the video around are due for renovation/destruction quite soon so we thought we’d make the most of them. Unfortunately, when it comes to Freerunning features, everything in Croydon is really, really big. ……….

I’ve been involved in the Parkour & Freerunning scene since 2002 and have grown up with some of the most experienced and talented freerunners around. When it comes to throwing down big moves safely, I’m lucky enough to have these guys in my phone book… and Facebook. Now obviously there are many actual editing cuts in the video, and this is because I wanted to use the Freerunners that were best suited to certain scenes.


The big roof gap near the end… Yep, it’s real. There’s more footage of it here from when the Storror guys sampled it last year.

In the end everything worked out well – even the more ambitious moves were done on the first and only take. It just goes to show how extremely talented, conditioned and professional these Freerunners are.  The only near-fatality we had was on the first day, when Phil landed on Mike’s ankle during the first vault/combat move at the start of the run. Somehow this short scene was probably the hardest and longest to do.  Mike is now fine and living a happy and prosperous life.


If you would like to see another video that was made in Croyden with some impressive jumps and stunts, click here.

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