Look Behind the Scenes of Uncharted: Golden Abyss With New Motion Capture Videos

January 19, 2012Written by Nick Michetti

Sony has put up a rare insight into the motion capture process for PlayStation Vita title Uncharted: Golden Abyss by showing Nolan North (Drake), Richard McGonagle (Sully), Christine Lakin (Marisa), and Jason Spisak (Dante) acting out scenes from the game.

John Garvin, Creative Director at Sony Bend, first shared some of his thoughts about the process of bringing Golden Abyss‘ plot to life:

I’m no stranger to writing, having written all the Syphon Filter games, but this title taught me some new tricks. By the time we started shooting in February 2011, I had gone through over 40 revisions, changing everything from setting, characters, names, dialogue and action. If we count all the in-game VO dialogue, we ended up with over 400 pages of script for Uncharted: Golden Abyss.

Of course, writing and performance capture was just beginning. What followed was an intense year of motion capture clean-up, animation, camera work, set building, lip-synching, prop building, editing, sound and music, by a team of over 50 artists working across five different studios.

Warning: The second video contains spoilers.

The first scene shows Nathan Drake and Sully rowing down a river and talking a bit, only to run into some trouble. To view “Uncharted: Golden Abyss Motion Capture Video 1,” click on the video below:

The second scene shows a confrontation between Drake, Marisa, and Dante. To view “Uncharted: Golden Abyss Motion Capture Video 2,” click on the video below:

Uncharted: Golden Abyss will release exclusively on PlayStation Vita when the console launches, and scored full marks in our review.

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