Eric Jacobus, the man who provided the motion capture performance for Kratos in 2018’s God Of War, has released an audition reel he’d submitted to Santa Monica Studio as the game was developed. To ultimately sell his performance to the studio, Jacobus incorporates an axe and a fake dismembered arm into the clips for good measure. It has to be seen to be believed – but the audition reel is one of the best CVs to help you land a life-changing role in the video game industry.
Courtesy of a story from Push Square, after Jacobus uploaded the four-and-a-half-minute audition clip to his official Youtube channel. At the beginning of the video, he explains that the team behind God Of War had seen his Tekken IRL series and invited him to the studios for an audition. He adds that he provided them with the audition clip before arriving at the studio.
Jacobus demonstrates a wealth of punches and kicks with the help of a standing punching bag and bean bag doll. At just past the two-and-a-half-minute mark, Jacobus introduces the axe, highlighting numerous throwing and melee techniques. His commitment to the audition goes further as he adds a fake dismembered arm into proceedings.
The video concludes with Jacobus explaining that after sending the audition reel to the team – he performed an eight-hour audition at Sony VA Los Angeles – and eventually – his efforts paid off, and he landed the job as Kratos.
While Jacobus provides the motion capture performance for the Greek God, Christopher Judge provides the voiceover for Kratos. He further praises the works of other stuntmen involved in the project – including Chris J. and the late Shad Gaspard. God Of War was released on April 20, 2018, for the PS4 – and almost four years later – a PC version of the game was released on January 14, 2022.