View Full Version : THQ 'Stormbirds' :: Production Focus

01 January 2009, 05:21 AM

RealTimeUK was given the task of creating a powerful cinematic for the game 'Stormbirds'. Basically flying around creating havoc for fun. RealtimeUK brings out the cinematic big guns for gaming in destruction and aviation. Check it out; feel free to comment. (

01 January 2009, 07:25 AM
I loved the cinematic and this article only makes me love it more! Great stuff!

01 January 2009, 07:32 AM
Thanks for the production focus, it's a great cinematic.

[suggestion: don't auto-play movies. Especially movies with sound :)

01 January 2009, 07:46 AM
Love the cinematic, F***ing awesome work!! Makes me wish I had my own jet to blow sh*t up with.

01 January 2009, 07:51 AM
I was actually on the Realtime UK site last night, looking for just this, a making of...

So thanks guys for putting this together, and congrats to the dudes over at realtime uk for putting out such an awesome, kickass cinematic.

01 January 2009, 10:07 AM
ARticles about this trailer popping up everywhere REALLY make me want to know more about that game. It definitely looks like something I'd play.

01 January 2009, 10:30 AM
Great work RTUK :) I am a big fan. You cant really go wrong with planes and explosions! and you proved it well.

01 January 2009, 10:40 AM
I'd just like to say thank you to everyone for all of the kind comments and feedback:thumbsup:

It was a great project to work on and one we were particularly proud of. We've been dying to show everyone and fortunately the wait was worth it:applause:

Thanks for looking!

01 January 2009, 12:43 PM
Excellent work


01 January 2009, 12:49 PM
I had seen that great cinematic a few weeks back. It's nice to see the details behind it. Some impressive work done by all involved.

Being a big aircraft flight sim fan, I was disappointed to read on shacknews ( that THQ pulled the plug on the title for being "too high risk" some weeks back. :sad:

01 January 2009, 02:03 PM
thanks paul, enjoyed this! :)

01 January 2009, 02:27 PM there wont be any game?? hu?... The cinematics are awesome tho!

01 January 2009, 02:30 PM
Yay cool ! :)
Cya next week!

01 January 2009, 02:38 PM
What's going on here ...
Why is my posting classified as "Spam"?

01 January 2009, 02:40 PM
As a fan of Ace Combat and the Airforce Delta series, I would have been all over Stormbirds. Pity it got canned. Great cinematic. Oh well, I suppose there's still H.A.W.X.

01 January 2009, 04:24 PM
wohhaa, this game looks fun to play

01 January 2009, 05:44 PM
suggestion: don't auto-play movies. Especially movies with sound :)

I second that.

Great article though! I really wish this game would get revived.

01 January 2009, 05:44 PM
how long was the production time for this?
Awesome cinematic!

01 January 2009, 05:45 PM
Amazing stuff. Love the cinematic!

01 January 2009, 03:41 AM
wow, this cinematic is really mind blowing. love the overall design of the environments and the aircrafts. awesome effects, especially the huge mushroom cloud near the end.

01 January 2009, 10:01 AM
oh my god i M SPEECHLESS this is really incredible cinematic

nice tactics to destroy the nuclear missile

may be future it may happy in real

01 January 2009, 02:44 PM
I love this cinematic!!! thanks for covering it

01 January 2009, 06:20 PM
Great cinimatic, but hasn't the game been axed by THQ? shame, looks fun to play.

01 January 2009, 07:18 PM
Really nice work!

01 January 2009, 09:08 PM
Found this as well...

01 January 2009, 01:47 AM
Some of the best aviation animation I've seen in a while.

01 January 2009, 06:03 PM
Found this as well...

OMG! It's E-ON-Spam! Moderator, please delete immediality!

01 January 2009, 06:46 AM
really amazing job here

01 January 2009, 09:02 PM
OMG! It's E-ON-Spam! Moderator, please delete immediality!

The jigs up!

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01 January 2009, 01:36 AM
hah! nice one Billy Bob ;)

Nice cinematic too guys, good job :)

01 January 2009, 02:04 AM
Impressive. I like the missle in your face closing shot.

01 January 2009, 03:58 PM
Congrats on such a great animation! It has a strong matte painting feeling to it which goes just fine with the "alternate time" it takes place on.

A small criticism though... come on guys, a wanna-be TomCat pulling Pugachev's Cobra on wanna-be Flankers?!?!?! That's a bit surreal to say the least. Too much "Top Gun" still??

Keep up the great work!


02 February 2009, 07:13 PM
Nice work. I'd love to see a less compressed version of the cinematic. Does it exist somewhere online?

02 February 2009, 07:55 PM
Nice work. I'd love to see a less compressed version of the cinematic. Does it exist somewhere online?

Here is a 156mb WMV: Click Me! (

Hope that's less compressed for you. Otherwise we'll have to make one with a lot bigger file size.:)

02 February 2009, 08:50 PM
It's really nice work.

I was reading the article, and there seems to be several work flows combined for the environments.

1. Environments were created in Max. Then exported to Vue. Additional environment details were created in Vue. The Max and Vue scenes were rendered and composited together (motion blur handled trough Max motion vectors).

2. There were also scenes (or layers?) where Max and Vue still renders combined in Photoshop and re-projected onto geometry in Max and rendered with moving cameras.

Did I understand that correctly?
What was the thinking behind each choice?
Distance from camera?
Scenic detail?

Was Vue only for placing and rendering trees?

How was the atmospherics handled (clouds)?

Thanks for the link.

Cheers, Markus

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