Bungie / Activision
CUT SCENE CINEMATIC | OPENING CINEMATIC
The driving force behind Prologue’s opening for Destiny: House of Wolves is the idea of revenge. There has been an assassination attempt on the queen. In a rage because of this betrayal, she is now going to set off seeking retribution from the conspirators.
Our piece features a continuous thirty-five second animated shot that takes the viewer down the Queen’s corridor, across bodies of her defending guards, and up to her foot planted defiantly on the floor. The entire sequence, comprising CG models, environments, and VFX work— including snow, sparks, and smoke effects— was created in Prologue’s in-house pipeline, from the initial storyboarding process to final compositing.
This shot displays in one fluid motion the chaos that has just occurred, how close the would-be assassins came to success, and the resilience of the Queen. At the same time, it establishes the objective of the game and sparks a strong emotional connection and motivation for the player. The video has racked up over two and a half million views on YouTube.