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

01-15-2009, 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. (

01-15-2009, 07:25 AM
I loved the cinematic and this article only makes me love it more! Great stuff!

01-15-2009, 07:32 AM
Thanks for the production focus, it's a great cinematic.

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

01-15-2009, 07:46 AM
Love the cinematic, F***ing awesome work!! Makes me wish I had my own jet to blow sh*t up with.

01-15-2009, 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.

01-15-2009, 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.

01-15-2009, 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.

01-15-2009, 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!

01-15-2009, 12:43 PM
Excellent work


01-15-2009, 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:

01-15-2009, 02:03 PM
thanks paul, enjoyed this! :)

01-15-2009, 02:27 PM there wont be any game?? hu?... The cinematics are awesome tho!

01-15-2009, 02:30 PM
Yay cool ! :)
Cya next week!

01-15-2009, 02:38 PM
What's going on here ...
Why is my posting classified as "Spam"?

01-15-2009, 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.

01-15-2009, 04:24 PM
wohhaa, this game looks fun to play

01-15-2009, 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.

01-15-2009, 05:44 PM
how long was the production time for this?
Awesome cinematic!

01-15-2009, 05:45 PM
Amazing stuff. Love the cinematic!

01-16-2009, 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.

01-16-2009, 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

01-16-2009, 02:44 PM
I love this cinematic!!! thanks for covering it

01-16-2009, 06:20 PM
Great cinimatic, but hasn't the game been axed by THQ? shame, looks fun to play.

01-16-2009, 07:18 PM
Really nice work!

01-16-2009, 09:08 PM
Found this as well...

01-17-2009, 01:47 AM
Some of the best aviation animation I've seen in a while.

01-17-2009, 06:03 PM
Found this as well...

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01-18-2009, 06:46 AM
really amazing job here

01-18-2009, 09:02 PM
OMG! It's E-ON-Spam! Moderator, please delete immediality!

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01-19-2009, 01:36 AM
hah! nice one Billy Bob ;)

Nice cinematic too guys, good job :)

01-20-2009, 02:04 AM
Impressive. I like the missle in your face closing shot.

01-27-2009, 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!


02-05-2009, 07:13 PM
Nice work. I'd love to see a less compressed version of the cinematic. Does it exist somewhere online?

02-05-2009, 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.:)

02-05-2009, 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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