Continuing our collaboration with online game development studio Bungie on their award-winning IP Destiny 2, our creative production and VFX teams recently developed an explosive animated trailer to reveal the next expansion of the game.
Directed by The Mill’s Ilya Abulkhanov, the CGI film dives into the expansive Destiny 2 universe, teasing a looming threat for the game’s characters, as long-time villain Savathûn causes havoc throughout the solar system.
From ideation to execution, in partnership with the creative teams at Bungie, our Creative Production team helmed by Ilya immersed themselves in the Destiny 2 narrative in order to craft an epic trailer that is truly reflective of the game’s action-packed storyline.
Ilya and The Mill’s team of visual artists worked closely with Bungie to develop and refine the film’s characters and craft hauntingly rich environments, such as the mind-bending swamp landscape inspired by Southern Gothic aesthetics and the eerie lake atop Savathûn’s palace. Ilya comments: “Our broad intent was to make everything seem surreal, somewhat ‘alive’, beautiful and strange. In regards to the swamp environment itself, it was an attempt to depict something both claustrophobic and vast, ambiguously real and mystically unreal, all at the same time.”
From motion capture to the final stages of animation, our aim was to develop subtleties within each character, portray a deep range of emotions and amplify the tension throughout the trailer, culminating in the epic reveal of Savathûn herself.