Making of: 52 and a half. Part 1

The beginning

In Poland it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t know Geralt of Rivia, a witcher, the main protagonist of Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels and our game. Outside of Poland not so many people know Geralt. While working on the 360 version we thought it would be a good idea to show the White Wolf to others in a short clip made with the REDengine.

Good ideas are like the Spanish inquisition – nobody expects them. The spark to make what later became “52 and a half”, came to us quite late in the production process, so we had little time to produce a film which contained enough information. There were a lot of thoughts on how to reveal as many details about the witcher’s abilities as possible, while at the same time having a very tight deadline. What we finally agreed on was a clip in which the witcher was preparing for combat with off-screen commentary.

We assumed it was going to be impossible to make a recording with Geralt’s voice actor and that implied that the witcher would have to be silent. So the narrator had to be someone else. Borys Pugacz-Maruszkiewicz (Senior Writer) was our obvious choice – not only is he a pro actor, but also he is our RED brother-in-arms.

The other problem – our writing, level and character teams were busy with their tasks, so our cinematic squad was alone on this one (against all odds).

We kept our heads high and believed that we’d somehow do it.

First turning point

After the second round of brainstorming our whole concept began to fall apart. We realized that an anonymous narrator wasn’t what we were looking for. It should be someone from the Witcher’s lore. Unfortunately, we still couldn’t have a recording session, so we had to create characters for Borys.

The script started to grow. I introduced the peasants who would contract Geralt. When he’d go off, the village elder would start his tales about witchers. And if we’d already started to expand the tale, why not add an ending in which Geralt would enter a monster-infested cave and thanks to his potions be able to see the threat awaiting him?

Piece of cake. We still believed, that impossible is nothing.

Two ways to go: 2d Animatic

I started with drawing a storyboard. Soon I realized that it would be better to do a 2D animatic. On this stage I also began to test different soundtracks and sounds. I could not use a band so the animatic used samples from freesound.org. The results can be found here:

After basic editing and adding temporary voices a couple of things struck us:

  • The cave entrance sequence didn’t feel right.
  • The narrator was just awful – he killed the atmosphere, and the plot didn’t have that proper flow. He had to go.

We had two options. Either we’d get Geralt or we’d have an almost silent movie allowing for viewer interpretation.

Geralt couldn’t be talking to himself and if he were a classic narrator it wouldn’t feel right. What else could we do?

To be continued…

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  • Guest

    I’m proud to say that after the first Witcher game I hunted down and read what english translated books i could find, and now I’m a diehard Witcher fan. Love your work dudes :) .

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  • Wichat

    I’m hungry… I wanna more!!

  • http://expedition-megacosm.blogspot.com/ Aditya Iyer

    cool. Please make more such videos :D

  • Karvel

     Can you please please make a download for this movie. It is an awesome one and i want to watch it in HD. So pleeeeeease D:
    I really need it!

    • Yob

      You can watch it resolution up to 1080p on YT. It is possible to download from YT as well. Just look for a plug-in to your browser.

  • IceEpicX

    Nice

  • http://www.facebook.com/goodstrap Dawid Białokryty

    Czemu nie po naszemu?

  • http://twitter.com/emka19 abimelec lagunas

    Congrats, im a huge fan of your work, i hope more people could enjoy it, as we do.  Greetings from mexico, and thanks for your hard work.

  • Wybik21

    another language version of Witcher than polish are weak, because polish language is very specific and Witcher keep climate of Sapkowski’s writing 

    • Dafuqguy

       Bad google translate is bad…

  • superx

    Kiedy port na Lina?

  • 2dqdd

    Where is PS3 version :(

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  • rafal12322

    Great

    Ale wersja PL będzie mile widziana ;)

  • Gold_emad

    hi every one if i have an idea to put it in witcher3 could u plz me how to email it thx 

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  • Unclegator

    Ok so, I wanted to get this game a long time ago, I finally got it and even after going with the cd’s vs the DL I have to wait 16hrs for DL contents? any ideas for an alt server?