For the first week of my course we were asked to pick a animation or film scene that we liked and talk about what it was and what we liked about it, just as a way for the tutors and other people on the course to get to know us. I chose a trailer for a up and coming Ps3 game, The Last Guardian. The official release date has not been released yet but is rumored to be out in 2011.

The Last Guardian is developed by Sony Computer Entertainment and directed by Fumito Ueda at Japan Studios who was also the director and lead artist of Ico, released in 2002 and Shadow of the Colossus, released in 2005 which were both exclusive to Playstaion 2. I think that’s partly the reason I chose this particular trailer as I am a fan of  shadow of the Colossus and Ico. Fumito and the team at Japan studios have this way of crating these vast expanses combined with a dream like atmosphere and this feeling that there is only you in ,what feels like, a never ending landscape.

This doesn’t make you feel alienated or lonely but it does force you to build a bond with either Argo, Wander’s horse in Shadow of the Colossus, or Yorda the girl you help escape from her castle prison in Ico. From what I have read and watched about The last guardian they have appeared to have stuck to the same partnership concept. In the trailer we see a young, cell shaded, boy interacting with Trico,(the griffin like creature), riding, petting and feeding him. Personally I am unsure about the cell shaded boy, to me he doesn’t fit, it make the interaction of the boy and Trico odd in a away that they don’t look like they physically connect with each other. Although he does look similar to the characters in their last two games in the way that they all have this dreamy glow or aura about them. I may feel differently when I actually play the game. Not much has been revealed about this game but from what information I have found it seems you both have to work together to escape what looks like a desolate city. From this information I can see how they have combined aspects Shadow of Colossus and Ico. I am very excited about this game, I cant wait to see how we can interact with Trico and if the in game footage is as amazing as it looks on the trailer. When I first came across this footage and saw Trico fully revealed at approximately 1.4o in the clip I got goose bumps. He looks amazing, not just in his character design but how realistic he is in his movement, behavior, texture and lighting. In a interview with Fumito, about Last Guardian, he said its easier to animate realistic looking creatures if they are made up. For example, if your were to animate a cat, it would be less believable because we know how a cat would look and move in real life, if its a made up creature, we wouldn’t know how it is supposed to move or behave therefore our perception of the creature would feel more realistic.It’s imagery like that in The Last Guardian that’s the reason I’m on a Film, Game and Animation course, I want people to believe in the imaginary, even if its just for the few hours a time that they play a game or watch a movie.

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