April 27, 2012

Justin Rain in transmedia Defiance

Aboriginal Actor leads new transmedia TV series for Syfy channel

Justin Rain leads new TV series “Defiance” that will release a video game simultaneously as the air date of the episodic.

Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts student Justin Rain portrays “Quentin McCawley” in SyFy channels ground breaking transmedia series “Defiance.”

By Vada VadaStudiosFrom Syfy and Trion comes Defiance™, a revolution in transmedia entertainment that unites a groundbreaking scripted television series and a massively multiplayer online shooter for the very first time. With the production team of “Battlestar Galactica” behind the camera Justin Rain’s character of Quentin McCawley is sure to meet the standards of Syfy’s expectations. This would only be possible with a talented actor that Justin Rain has become.And:Defiance introduces players and viewers to a completely transformed planet Earth, inhabited by the disparate survivors of a universal war who endeavour to build a new society among the devastation. The TV counterpart weaves the rich tapestry of the world into a series with the scope, characters, and drama of a classic sci-fi epic. Set to air Spring 2013.Comment:  The story doesn't sound like anything new. But combining a TV show and a multiplayer online game is relatively new. If anyone's tried it before, they haven't done it well enough to reach my attention.

And having a Native actor in a or the lead role is relatively new too. I don't know much about Rain, but he looks like a young star as much as anyone. If his personality matches his looks, why not make him the hero?

Update: In IMDB, Rain is only 14th-billed in the cast listing. Perhaps he's only a minor character and this press release has puffed him up into something major.

For more on Indians and video games, see Video Game Features Mohawk Assassin and "Native Representations in Video Games."

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