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Eye candy: Halo 4’s stunning opening cinematic

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 | Posted by Jim Thacker

The final teaser may have been something of a damp squib, but Halo 4’s opening cinematic is marvellous.

Microsoft’s franchise-rebooting first-person shooter has only been out for a few hours, but footage of the opening has already made its way onto YouTube.

It features some beautifully nuanced, unhurried facial animation, which we hear was created by the reigning masters of the genre, Digic Pictures.

Fantastic stuff – and almost enough to convince even this diehard Halo non-fan to buy the game.

Visit Digic Pictures online

(Note: as the homepage image on the website reveals, Digic Pictures art director Péter Fendrik died last month. You can read a tribute to one of the industry’s most respected artists in this thread on Polycount.)

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6 responses to “Eye candy: Halo 4’s stunning opening cinematic”

  1. Henrik said:

    Pretty firmly seated in the Uncanny Valley if you ask me.

    4:49 pm on Tuesday, November 6, 2012

  2. Jim Thacker said:

    I think some shots work better than others, but a little bit of creepiness quite suits that character. There were some quite nice little things going on with the eyes, I thought.

    5:43 pm on Tuesday, November 6, 2012

  3. Hank said:

    Yeah it had its moments.

    10:28 am on Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  4. Armie said:

    For me, the lady has the best and most realistic skin shader I’ve ever seen. Until she opens her mouth she looks absolutely real.

    12:06 pm on Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  5. Rash said:

    Just one correction. The animation was produced by Axis Animation (not Digic) and motion capture was performed at Giant Studios.

    10:09 am on Sunday, January 6, 2013

  6. Jim Thacker said:

    Axis did the Halo web series (we ran a separate story on it here:, but I’m pretty sure the cinematic itself was by Digic. Their website hasn’t been updated for a while, but there’s a forum post by lead character modeller Tamas Varga in which he says Digic did both the intro and the epilogue:

    2:53 am on Monday, January 7, 2013

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