Mill+ cinematics featured in Call of Duty®: Ghosts
Mill+, the concept, design and animation arm of The Mill, has
contributed its visually stunning cinematics to Activision's
blockbuster Call of Duty: Ghosts, the new installment in the
global phenomenon Call of Duty® series. Led by Cinematics
specialists at Infinity Ward, Mill+ worked with a team of
designers and visual effects artists in the Los Angeles and
London studios to create the cinematics players will see starting
on November 5.
The team at Infinity Ward had a vision for how cinematics could
further help to bring the new narrative to life. Developing the
look in collaboration with Mill+ led to a new and unique
level of cinematics that is sure to captivate and immerse players
into the experience.
The highly-stylized look was created from scratch, but
reads as a hybrid of live-action and CG. High contrast, sharp
shard-like shapes distinguish enemy Federation forces from the
light and smoke elements that characterize the underdog Ghosts.
Each cinematic delivers a story, with "Loki," for example,
depicting a clinical and clean outer space vista using reflections,
lights, flare and spills of light, while "Legends Never Die" uses
explosions, fire, smoke and fog, looking down at South America,
then at city level in Caracas after the demise of the
Mill+ Creative Director Paul Mitchell, based in Los Angeles,
drew upon over a decade's worth of experience in design and visual
effects. "The most intriguing aspect of Ghosts was the opportunity
to combine storytelling with design and visual effects," Mitchell
says. "We created something unique to each based on the story
Infinity Ward wanted to tell. Through the overall process, we made
sure there was a cohesive look and feel."
"This project owes so much to Infinity Ward's vision and desire
to raise the level of creative aesthetic," Stephen Venning,
Executive Director, Mill+ says. "The team wanted contemporary,
unique graphics that would reflect the sophisticated storytelling.
Working with his lead designers Ed Laag and Eugene Gauran,
Mill+'s Mitchell built style frames and narratives that are
comparable to anything you would see in a movie."
Call of Duty: Ghosts is available now on Xbox 360, PlayStation
3, Wii U and Windows PC, and will also be available on PlayStation
4 and Xbox One later this month.