The Mill helps to launch "The Aftermath"
The Mill, director Henry Hobson, and the creatives at Team One
have launched the final trailer in a series for 2K and 2K Marin's
launch of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, the last in a series of
short films for 2K's highly anticipated new video game. Gamers
While typical video game advertising is done with CG animation,
Team One took a different approach through the emotional power of
film, and created a series of seven live action shorts set in 1962
during the height of the Cold War. Over the course of five months,
the films were released to unfold a story line that pulled the
viewer along by challenging them to read between the lines and
piece together clues.The Mill was involved during the entire
The final chapter, "The Aftermath," takes gamers through a journey
of the previous films, tying them all together in the aftermath of
a climatic battle in small town America. It resolves the questions
raised over the five-month campaign while saving the most
tantalizing answers for those who play the game which launched on
August 20, 2013.
The Mill CG supervisor Felix Urquiza says, "This was by far one of
the most complex and exciting projects that I have been a part of.
Having a small team in place was challenging in creating a project
of this magnitude, in addition to the expectations of the gamers,
but the process was seamless as we had the director here everyday
to provide feedback and creative direction.
"One of the most rewarding parts of this job was working on the
alien alongside cg / lighting artist, Chris Bayol. We spent many
late nights strategizing how to improve this character in the most
realistic way possible. This project helped set a benchmark in my
career, and was thrilling to work on."
Team One's executive creative director Alastair Green says, "We
love the idea of games being bigger than just games- it's
entertainment so why not cross over into the film world and work
with directors like Henry and FX shops like The Mill, and be able
to bring that to life in the most beautiful way that we can."
Says The Mill managing director Ben Hampshire, "We are never
prouder than when we're allowed to fully play our part in a project
- seeing all aspects of the creative, production, editorial and vfx
come together to form such great work and Aftermath is such a
project - it scares the hell out of me, but I love it!!"
Survive, adapt, win. Words to live by in The Bureau:XCOM
The Bureau:XCOM Declassified Series
THE BURN ROOM: This film told the story of an unknown organization
involved in the cover up of an alien invasion. This piece was
filled with hidden dates and clues including a filmstrip, which was
found in the box as well as several mentions of Pima, NM.
CH2 KNOV "ORBIT & The ASTEROIDS": This teaser acted as the
prologue to the "Burn Room" while setting the stage for the second
wave of trailers. We use the boy from the Burn Room to tie the
films together and teased out the date of several other films that
dropped in the days following.
ENNIS COLE: "THE CHOICE" AND "THE DECISION": Lord of the Rings and
Lost star, Dominic Monaghan, wanted to be part of the campaign
after seeing "The Burn Room". Leveraging his rabid Twitter
following, we created an open-ended film featuring Dom as a Bureau
agent tormented by the recent death of his son, the young cyclist
from "Burn Room." His fans then voted for an ending, which was
released the following day. These Twitter videos acted as a prelude
to "The Chase" trailer released later the same week.
THE CHASE: In this teaser starring Dominic Monaghan, we see Carter
in the house from "The Orbit Show" giving orders to an agent in
pursuit of an unknown assailant only to discover that he is being
lead directly into an ambush. Again, this film teased out the
date of the next film with an Easter egg hidden on the radio in the
kitchen and the radio backpack worn by agent Cole.
THE INTEROGATION: This film builds off the momentum from "The
Chase" with Agent Carter brutally interrogating an unknown enemy.
It takes place in the same house as the "Orbit the Clown" trailer
and even features the same saccharine kids song playing in the
background. As with all the previous trailers, numerous XCOM
references are hidden throughout, including the release date for
the final trailer.
THE AFTERMATH: The final chapter in the Bureau campaign. It takes
us on a journey through all previous films, tying them all together
into the aftermath of a climatic battle in small town America. It
resolves the questions raised over the five-month campaign, but
saves the most tantalizing answers for those who play the