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|Session Name:||Animation Bootcamp: 'God of War': Breathing New Life into a Hardened Spartan|
|Company Name(s):||Sony Santa Monica Studio|
|Track / Format:||Visual Arts|
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|Overview:||At the beginning of the project, Sony Santa Monica Studio was given the challenge to reinvent and reinvigorate the 'God of War' franchise. It was early in the process that the Santa Monica team decided that 'God of War' as a franchise could not exist without its main character Kratos. The challenge was to present Kratos in a new light to the audience, a side not motivated by rage and revenge. This chapter was to focus not in the warrior side of Kratos, rather on the flawed man he is. Because of this they had to have a fresh new approach to our animation pipeline and that meant starting over in many ways. This talk will focus on the process of transforming their approach to how they animate their main character and how they evolved in delivering the narrative experience.|