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One of the trailers that managed to gain thousands of views is a LittleBigPlanet 3 recreation of the Uncharted 4: A Thief's End cinematic called “Man Behind the Treasure”. Well, the creator of the recreation decided to show the magic behind the video and how he made it in Sony's first-party game creation tool.
DualShockers linked to the video that was recently posted on the YouTube channel Disarmed TV. The behind-the-scenes video clocks in at 11 minutes and walks gamers through the process of how the trailer was recreated in LittleBigPlanet 3.
According to Disarmed TV, it took him two hours to build everything within LittleBigPlanet 3, and then it took him a few more hours to test the animations and camera angles. The entire scene uses half of the memory allowed for players to build things in LittleBigPlanet 3.
What's interesting is that the sequence actually isn't in 3D but the panoramic view is created using some 2D tricks and multiple actors to make it look like the sequence rotates around the scene. It's quite impressive especially how it nearly perfectly replicates the CG trailer that was shown at theaters during the showing of Star Wars: Episode VII.
You can see how the final trailer looks with the 30 second clip below.
The one thing that actually amazed me about it is how much rigging went into the scene beyond what you actually see. In the behind-the-scenes clip you can see all the camera rigs setup below to recreate the lighting as well as the fog and other objects to add a bit of that dynamic flair to the whole sequence to help bring it to life.
For comparison purposes you can see how the original Uncharted 4 CG trailer looks that aired during Star Wars, below.
It wasn't one of my favorite trailers and didn't really say much about the game or what it's about, but since airing in late December the trailer has garnered more than 5.6 million views.
It's fairly impressive how much of the emotion and action was captured in the LittleBigPlanet 3 machinima. It's a testament to Disarmed TV's creativity and the deep versatility of the tools that Media Molecule implemented into their toolset.
The fact that he had so many effects and emitters all going off at the same time to slow the action down is a nice little bit of camera trickery since LittleBigPlanet doesn't actually have a slow-motion feature.
Disarmed TV is now getting a lot of requests from fans of other games to recreate other scenes. His little machinima now stands alongside other notable recreations in LittleBigPlanet, including the intro to The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.