Blur Studio Animates 56 Minutes of Halo Anniversary Release

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Tue, 11/11/2014 - 12:34 -- Nick Dager

Blur Studio animated 56 minutes of new Halo releaseBlur Studio worked closely with 343 Industries to revitalize and retell some of the most iconic moments from the venerable Halo franchise for the anniversary release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The new release offers the complete story of Halo’s legendary hero, the Master Chief, for the first time on one console. Blur was brought in to refresh over forty characters and almost an hour’s worth of cinematic sequences from Halo 2: Anniversary.

"When we began this project, we immediately knew Blur was the ideal partner to help us make these 10-year old cinematics jaw dropping for the modern era. We are thrilled with the work Blur has accomplished,” said Dan Ayoub, studio head of external development for 343 Industries.

One of the biggest challenges from the outset was finding the best approach to creating a feature film scale production under a tight timeline. Blur developed custom, innovative tools and staffed the project with nearly 160 top-level artists to meet production demands.

For this project, Blur and 343 Industries set out to raise the bar in cinematics and to show how far the state of the art has evolved since the release of Halo 2 ten years ago. Blur enriched the experience with highly realistic characters, stunning visual effects, deeper emotion and action and evocative storytelling. The process started with extensive concept design of close to 40 characters and almost as many environments. The project deepened the company’s longstanding, collaborative relationship with Xbox, and also tapped Blur’s unique sensibility for storytelling combined with a genuine affinity for the Halo franchise.

“The talent here at Blur is really special, and this project allowed us to showcase our ability to deliver longer format work, tell bigger stories, and basically create an animated feature in six months,” explained Franck Balson, who directed the project at Blur. “It was also an incredible honor to have the trust of Xbox and not only reimagine existing Halo stories, but also tell new stories with the prologue and epilogue sequences that bookend Halo 5: Guardians.”

For a look at some of Blur’s cinematic work for the game, check out the Halo: The Master Chief Collection trailer here:

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