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[EN]: If you have been watching “Halo 4: Spartan Ops: Season One,” you may be asking yourself who or what are in charge of this awesome CGI series. Axis Studio is the one CGI animation company that provides these realistic graphics. From the characters’ facial expressions to everything else on the Halo universe, the graphics are awesome. Read more about Axis on the following press release, and watch the episodes on YouTube.

ES]: Si han estado viendo “Halo 4: Spartan Ops: Season One,” quizá te preguntes qué o quienes están a cargo de. Esta serie CGI. Asís Studio es la compañía de animación CGI que provee estor gráficos realisticos. De las expresiones faciales de los personajes a todo lo demás en el universo Halo, los gráficos son sensacionales. Lean más de Axis en el siguiente comunicado de prensa, y vean los episodios en YouTube.

Axis Creates CGI Episodic Content For “Halo 4: Spartan Ops: Season One”

Glasgow, UK, December 4th 2012 — CGI Studio, Axis, in collaboration with 343 Industries, proudly announces its participation in the brand-new, story-driven experience of “Halo 4” – Spartan Ops: Season One. A first-of-its-kind, exciting new addition to the “Halo” franchise, Spartan Ops is an episodic adventure that blends immersive storytelling, high-quality cinematics and action-packed gameplay to deliver an unprecedented serialized experience.

The CGI video series is being directed by Axis co-founder Stuart Aitken, on the heels of other recent high-profile game-related projects, including the much-acclaimed and award-winning Dead Island announcement trailer. Director Aitken immersed himself in the “Halo” canon, taking in everything that could provide insight into previous story elements, given that Axis would be
creating never-before-seen moments in the “Halo” universe.

Aitken and Axis Producer Debbie Ross worked hand-in-hand with Halo 4 developers 343 Industries to creatively develop the content, including casting, script development, art direction, sound design, with the clear goal that each Spartan Ops episode should be as engaging as the best feature film or television drama.

“Spartan Ops was an absolutely unique project, with a unique schedule and unique challenges,” said Frank O’Connor, Franchise Development Director at 343 Industries. “Axis stepped up to those challenges with imagination and energy, and more importantly, a wonderfully collaborative vision of the story we wanted to tell. Working with our writers, our cinematics team, and a dizzying plethora of tools and assets, they became a seamless extension of our narrative group – and we look forward to continuing our relationship and creative partnership in the future.”

“What makes this such an incredible opportunity is that this is full CGI movie-style storytelling and character development within the rich and exciting world of Halo,” said Stuart Aitken. “We’ve collaborated at every level with 343 Industries throughout the process to create a truly immersive
cinematic experience.”

Through a weekly series of cinematic episodes, Spartan Ops tells the continuing story of the UNSC Infinity, following the events of “Halo 4.” Ten animated episodes, featuring over 1200 CGI animated shots, are being released throughout the series, which began on Nov 6th with the launch of
“Halo 4”. These cinematic episodes provide the backdrop for the weekly Spartan Ops gameplay missions, where players can take part in five new missions each week that explore the corners of Requiem and help uncover the secrets of the mysterious Forerunner world.

Spartan Ops features a fantastic cast of leading talent, including Jen Taylor, Vedette Lim (True Blood), Ethan Peck (Gossip Girl), Darren O’Hare (Bones), Jennifer Hale (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and many others. The Episodes were rehearsed and shot across two intensive two-week sessions in Los Angeles, with the actors performances (including facial capture) captured at Giant Studios, best known for their pioneering motion capture on James Cameron’s Avatar. In order to maintain every nuance of the actors performances when these were applied to the CG characters, Axis developed a special facial motion capture solution in conjunction with Giant Studios and Cubic Motion, a world leader in solving this difficult problem. The result is some of the most realistic and expressive CGI facial animation to date.

About Axis
Axis is a leader in CGI animation for a variety of gaming, film and television based projects. The company is based in the United Kingdom, with a global clientele and boasts one of the largest CGI production staffs in the UK. Some of Axis’ recent projects include the Cannes Lions award winning
trailer for Dead Island, Alien: Colonial Marine, Street Fighter X Tekken and Age of Empires Online. Axis’ commercial clients include Saatchi & Saatchi and TBWA/London among others. The company also works with television production companies BBC, CBBC, MTV, The Disney Channel, and Endemol.

About 343 Industries
343 Industries is the publisher and developer of the blockbuster “Halo” series of videogames and, as part of Microsoft Studios, oversees the “Halo” franchise, including novels, comics, licensed collectibles, apparel and more. 343 Industries is home to world-class developers working on the
Reclaimer Saga, which launched with the arrival of “Halo 4” on Nov. 6, 2012, exclusively on Xbox 360.

About “Halo”
The “Halo” franchise is an award-winning collection of properties that has grown into a global entertainment phenomenon. Beginning with the original “Halo: Combat Evolved” (2001), the critically acclaimed and record-shattering series of games has since inspired multiple New York Times bestselling novels, comic books, action figures, apparel and more.

Published by Microsoft Studios, the “Halo” franchise of games is exclusive to the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system and the Xbox LIVE online entertainment network. To date, more than 50 million copies of “Halo” games have been sold worldwide, driving more than 5 billion hours of gameplay by people connected to Xbox LIVE.

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