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Check out this ‘making of’ video from German VFX studio Polynoid. It’s a series of openers to the HALO based web series, Forward Unto Dawn, featuring cinematic visuals, motion graphics and user interfaces.

For this project we collaborated with 343 Industries to create five openers for the “Forward Unto Dawn” web series promoting the release of “Halo 4″. All titles combined result in a seamless narrative, closing the gap between the end of HALO 3 and the beginning of HALO 4. This is a montage of the five pieces with Music & Sound design by Michael Fakesch.

 

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Axis Animation have recently released two behind the scenes videos for their game related vfx work. The studio has been involved in creating Halo 4 Spartan Ops, an episodic adventure that blends immersive storytelling, high-quality cinematic sequences and action-packed gameplay to deliver an unprecedented serialized experience. The video features Concept Art and Design, Modelling, Storyreel, Performance capture, Animation, Lighting and VFX.

The second behind the scenes video features characters from Street Fighter and Tekken integrated into a live action commercial. The actors heads, covered by some fetching green stockings, were tracked to allow the CG character heads to be composited into the scene.

Axis have an impressive array of games work in their portfolio. Five of their videos are featured below, displaying a range of cinematics and motion graphics work.

 

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Will Christiansen is an animator on the gameplay team at 343 Industries who was primarily in charge of the Elite character and the assassination and first-person animation systems for Halo 4. He has just updated his YouTube channel with some new Halo 4 assassination animations, featuring both keyframed and motion capture work. It’s great to see them in detail outside of the game environment.

 

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The internet is awash with news of leaked concept art from Bungie’s follow-up to the all-conquering Halo 4. Bungie have confirmed the new game, called ‘Destiny’, over on IGN. The artwork reflects Bungie’s aim “to create a universe as deep, tangible and relatable as that of the Star Wars franchise.” They feature overgrown ruins of earths infrastructure and organic, almost steampunk looking alien vehicles. The most striking image is the giant alien spaceship hovering over earth. A white moon-like sphere, possibly under construction? That’s no moon!

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The opening cutscene is now online from the creators of the Halo 4 game, 343 Industries. Once again, like the Medal Of Honor Warfighter trailer, I am amazed to see just how convincing 3D artwork and animation has become. Uncanny alley seems like just a distant memory now. I genuinely wondered if the Dr. Halsey footage was real for a moment. Incredible work.

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The latest trailer for Halo 4 is a big budget live action short which has been executive produced by David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en) and directed by visual FX guru Tim Miller. ‘Scanned’ is a view into the past life and humanity of the Master Chief induced, in the form of a several flashbacks, by an alien enemy as it violates his mind.

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We’re back, after a brief hiatus, with an array of ‘Behind The Scenes’ videos. I must admit that I sometimes prefer the ‘making of’ on a special edition Blu Ray to the actual film itself, and it’s no different with games. It’s great to see the array of different talents that are ruthlessly exploited employed together to create a ‘triple A’ game.

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