High-end conceptual director Joe Kosinski of Anonymous Content has once again helmed a monumental trailer for the sequel to the Xbox 360 game Gears of War 2 via San Francisco-based TAG. Despite the violent world in which they live, the soldiers are humanized in this 60-second spot, titled Last Day, touching on the solitude in a complicated life of war.
Before the soldiers embark on their inevitable fate, we see them in their most vulnerable states. One soldier stares down at a picture of his missing wife, while another takes a moment to admire the beauty of a sole flower in the battlefield. As with the previous spots, Mad World and Rendezvous With Death, the ad is backed with a haunting soundtrack -- in this case Devotchka's How it Ends.
Kosinski commented on the process, "Like Mad World, Last Day is an example of 'machinima' -- it was created entirely inside the Unreal Engine 3 game engine. The movement of the characters' bodies and faces was done utilizing the latest generation motion/performance-capture technology at Giant Studios; the same system used in James Cameron's upcoming feature film, Avatar.
"This system includes a physical camera that provided me with a real-time view of the virtual characters in their environment, making it feel more like a traditional live-action shoot than a virtual one. In addition, the system records the precise camera movement (operated by DoP Claudio Miranda), allowing for a more natural filming style."