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Step Behind The Curtain On Naughty Dog's New Set

Okay, Team Bondi's MotionScan technology in L.A. Noire has thrown down the gauntlet, but you can bet Naughty Dog won't be easily outdone.

We already know the team plans to employ big-time Hollywood techniques to generate what should be the most amazing cinematic story experience of the year in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. But now we can go behind the scenes in a new Behind the Digital Curtain feature at the PlayStation Blog, where we learn even more about the effort behind the newest Uncharted adventure. It's pretty mind-boggling. As for motion capture, creative director Amy Hennig said:

"We’ve developed a unique process for motion capture and performance capture for games. We’re kind of ahead of the pack."

Well, we're not about to disagree. Hennig goes on to talk about the "humble stage" used for Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, which was "outdated and uncomfortable," and suffered from "poor acoustics." But these days, things are a touch more refined...and of course, when it comes to casting, Naughty Dog won't skimp. "We cast very carefully, that’s step one in any project," said Hennig. "If you cast hastily or badly, you’re screwed forever. If you cast well, you can write any piece of crap and they’ll make it sound wonderful. Trust me, I’ve done it!"

The pictures are great and the read is well worth it.

Related Game(s): Uncharted 3

Tags: uncharted 3, drakes deception, naughty dog

5/20/2011 9:16:21 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (21 posts)

Pandacastro
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 9:42:37 PM
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Wasn't there a behin the scenes in the first 2 uncharted?

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Clamedeus
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 10:21:27 PM

Yeah.

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Bloodysilence19
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 10:23:43 PM

yes there was, couple of behind scenes and how they use motion capture. i really like to see nd use their style of motion capture along what team bondi did in their motion scan for their faces in la noire, i think you have the best looking characters ever

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Lawless SXE
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 10:32:46 PM

I don't know about that, Bloody Silence. You have to remember that to use MotionScan, the faces have to be captured separately to the bodies. I believe that QD is working on something to synchronise the two captures, and I think that that is where you should place your faith in regards to the next step in characterisation.

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Clamedeus
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 10:48:30 PM

Lawless, I believe ND does use full body motion cap, because in the video it showed them wearing a full suit that has the sensors on them.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 11:00:50 PM

What I meant was that they don't also use the face capture technology, and that is where their flaws lie. Not to sound stand-offish or anything, but I already knew that they used mo-cap.

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Clamedeus
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 11:05:12 PM

Ah, I thought that's what that was, but I guess not. I looked at it before after I said that and was like wait... never mind, you commented before I could correct myself. lol

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Lawless SXE
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 10:30:14 PM
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Second to last paragraph, third line in the quotations, shouldn't 'pour' be 'poor', or was that intentional?

Heh... I remember seeing that stage in the Special Features of U:DF and laughing. Don't get me wrong, it was cool that they had it, but it was just so simple. I don't know.

Anyway, she's right on the casting. Often I'll be watching a high-class movie, only to see an actor that is simply not giving the role what it needs, and it'll bring it down a notch. Video games are especially sensitive to this because of the general lack of any feeling outside of the voicework. It means that the impact is lessened even more. Can't wait to see how UC3:DD turns out. Should be gorgeous.
Peace.

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FxTales
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 10:47:12 PM
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I know this will be great, that's not an opinion either.

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AshT
Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 12:07:49 AM
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Im pretty sure they are ahead of the pack, ND always delivers

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Kiryu
Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 12:24:38 AM
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One thing i like about Naughty Dog's Motion Capture process is they make the faces of the characters imaginary.Nathan Drake,Elena,Sully,Lazarevich,Navarro faces are not available in the real world to motion capture.
I like the idea of making imaginary faces look more real.

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Qubex
Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 2:24:22 AM
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Again, this game, Uncharted 3, will break new ground, and will prove how good the PS3 is, considering its age.

I will be pre-ordering this game closer to the time. It looks phenomenal... kudos to the team at Naughty Dog, they deserve every success...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

Last edited by Qubex on 5/21/2011 2:24:39 AM

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___________
Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 3:10:43 AM
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yea........... i dunno about that!

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Lairfan
Monday, May 23, 2011 @ 5:20:52 PM

Well, would you like to explain your point of view Mrs? Oh wait, I'm sorry, don't even try, because none of us would understand your rambling anyways.

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Douchebaguette
Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 6:54:53 AM
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"If you cast well, you can write any piece of crap and they’ll make it sound wonderful. Trust me, I’ve done it!"

This is true.

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thanossurfer
Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 6:22:53 PM
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Uncharted is one of my favorite franchises...only behind Metal Gear Solid and God of War.

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Spanky
Sunday, May 22, 2011 @ 12:15:38 PM
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Did anyone else find themselves a little frustrated by the insanity of a couple of the monster fighting scenes dropped the enjoyability of the game as a whole. I found this in both 1 and 2.

I mean you need a challenge in the games or you'd be bored to tears ,but, the games that throw in that IMPOSSIBLE mission or two leave a bad taste in my mouth.

The Uncharted series is one of my favorites,but, these two battles I'm thinking of almost ruined it...for me anyway. I won't mention what the battles are in case there may be someone hiding under a rock that hasn't played these yet! :)

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dlte
Monday, May 23, 2011 @ 3:19:44 AM

The only thing that frustrated me in the series was how you threw grenades in Drakes Fortune. That was horrible.

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Lairfan
Monday, May 23, 2011 @ 5:20:07 PM

No, not really. Once you learn how they behave, its pretty easy to defeat them. It just takes quite a few deaths to do so, especially as far as Uncharted 2's are concerned.

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thanossurfer
Sunday, May 22, 2011 @ 3:44:52 PM
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to Spanky:

I understand your point but it did not in any way ruin my experience with either game. Neither were difficult to the point of major frustration...to me anyway :)

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Lairfan
Monday, May 23, 2011 @ 5:21:11 PM
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And the excitement for this game continues to build...

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