Outside Aperture FAQ

May 31st, 2011

Been getting emails and YouTube comments with some reasonable questions.  You might want to check my General FAQ first for camera/software related stuff.

In regard to breaking Portal story canon:  Outside Aperture was first written before the story of Portal 1 was retconned with the Party Associate dragging you back into the facility.  In the first ending, Chell blacks out on the asphalt of Aperture Laboratories’ parking lot, her future (and pulse) completely unknown.  Also of course, this happened before anything Portal 2.  Unfortunately I was not able to finish the film before Portal 2′s release.

We took the route of her waking up, and finding an apartment on the Aperture Laboratories campus, which would still have power in 200X due to Aperture’s significant nuclear power plants.  As for it being stocked with food—I’d expect that everyday life at Aperture kind of froze on the Bring Your Daughter To Work Day massacre.  (where did Ratmann get his beans?)

Also brought up was that Chell’s apartment needed to be coated in moon dust, a la Portal 2′s conversion gel.  The games in the past, and Portal 2 itself show us this is not true.  In Portal 1 during the ‘Escape’ levels and before that in the Rattman dens, you could portal over any way as long as it was flat.  Exceptional rust and dirt didn’t prevent portal placement.  Also note in Portal 2 that the oldest test chambers had portal-able surfaces constructed before the moon landing.

In regard to the Portal timeline’s crossover with the Combine Invasion of Half-Life, a small homage to this (a Citadel out the window, combine soldiers running by outside) was originally included in early iterations of the script, but it turned out to be so obscure and on uncertain ground canonically that we omitted it.

As for her cyborg leg attachments, they fell off after defeating GLaDOS according to the Portal 2: Rat Lab comic.  Also, no Long Fall Boots.  This is assuming Portal 2 never happened.

The mural that Chell draws in the end was written before any knowledge of Doug Ratmann.  It was commonly assumed back then that the murals were made by Chell herself, having been restored from GLaDOS’s backup multiple times to do the same tests again.

 

Email me questions!  More to be posted as things come up.

 

 

12 Responses to “Outside Aperture FAQ”

  1. veseria

    hi!^^
    cool video!
    how much did it cost or how much time was necessary?

  2. *tails*

    Hi Eisen Feuer (interesting nick you chose – I am from Germany by the way),

    I like your Movie, though I never played “Portal”…
    perhaps because of this, I got this question:
    Which Track is playing while the main charakter is running (starting about Minute 1:00)?
    Is it from the Orange Box OST?

    Please help me out, cause this track is awsome!

    Regards

  3. William

    Would it be possible for you to put the submission forms up for download?

  4. Jack

    I was just wondering where the Portal gun was from, as it looks really professional and accurate? :)

    Many thanks, Jack

  5. Sam

    Why she reacted so stresful and angry to TV glados voice? That totally doesn’t fit to her usual behavior and psychological profile.

  6. brian

    wow this is such an amazing video, the special effects are so cool. what programs do you use to edit and create the special affects for the portals and other visuals they’re so good.

    you should consider making more videos on portal like a live action version of one of the puzzle chambers or something. you do amazing work keep it up

  7. NoriMori

    @Sam, you don’t know that it doesn’t fit with her “usual behavior and psychological profile”. We don’t know anything about her usual behavior and psychological profile except that she is abnormally tenacious. That doesn’t mean her mental health wouldn’t be negatively impacted by her experiences at Aperture Science. The average person would, best-case scenario, probably not be wanting to hear GLaDOS’s voice and might calmly turn off the TV if it bothered them enough, and worst-case scenario have a really intense flashback and might violently attack the TV or other things, or run away. Chell seems to lie somewhere in the middle. She doesn’t flip out, but she clearly is apprehensive and seems not to want to approach the TV until it has been turned off.

    Question for Eisen Feuer: Was GLaDOS’s line about lemon batteries scripted before or after Portal 2 was released? If it was before, then that’s interesting isn’t it??

    “The mural that Chell draws in the end was written before any knowledge of Doug Ratmann. It was commonly assumed back then that the murals were made by Chell herself, having been restored from GLaDOS’s backup multiple times to do the same tests again.”

    Even though she didn’t make them herself, I think it’s still feasible that she would get the idea to start making some of her own after seeing the ones that Doug made.

  8. Eisen Feuer

    @NoriMori The Lemon Batteries comment was put in during the audio pass which was completed long after Portal 2 had come out. There was one lemon battery in the BYDTWD science fair you might have noticed, so I thought everyone having done lemon batteries in the previous year only to do potato batteries in the next would be funny. (so it doesn’t have anything to do with combustible lemons that burn down houses)

    @brian look in the General FAQ linked in the beginning.

    @Jack—I made it.

    @*tails* This is an original soundtrack, written just for this movie. Not part of the Orange Box OST.

    @veseria read my interview at The Escapist: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/110482-Outside-Aperture-Answers-Portals-Biggest-Question

    Sorry onlookers if it looks like I’ve replied only once, I’ve actually replied to everyone individually by email.

  9. Mark

    Hello, would it be possible for you to put the soundtrack for downloading, I’m in love wit it, especially that ambient-y first track! Also, where can we find the Aperture forms?

    Many thanks!

  10. NoriMori

    @Eisen Feuer

    “The Lemon Batteries comment was put in during the audio pass which was completed long after Portal 2 had come out.”

    Oh okay, I figured it would be too much of a coincidence to mention lemon batteries before Portal 2 came out. XD

    “There was one lemon battery in the BYDTWD science fair you might have noticed, so I thought everyone having done lemon batteries in the previous year only to do potato batteries in the next would be funny.”

    I didn’t notice the lemon battery in Portal 2, but you’re right that is funny.

    “(so it doesn’t have anything to do with combustible lemons that burn down houses)”

    Ahaha, I didn’t even make that connection. Ohhhhh man that was a funny line. “I’m the man that’s gonna burn your house down! WITH THE LEMONS!” One of the best rants in the history of all time.

  11. Umiko

    wo0w i love your video
    the question is, sure if you want tell me…
    ¿how do you make the ASHPD? it`s amazing!!!

  12. Miguel

    Would you put up the aperture science submission forms up for download?