You can read the previous part of this making of – here.
The cavalry rides in to save the day!
In Sapkowski’s stories Geralt often talks to his horse – Roach (the Witcher had a lot of horses, but he would always give them the same name – Roach). Why not use this motive in our movie? To implement this idea we “stole” one of the story team members. Arek Borowik prepared the final monologue and now we knew we just had to record Doug Cockle (the English voice of Geralt). But how could we put all these new ideas into the clip? This time the solution was simple. The clip had to be longer.
Short story long
“The horse monologue” worked fine. It appealed to the viewer, because it didn’t tell the story directly and would be consistent with The Witcher’s universe.
In the meantime we organised a motion capture recording and started to create the movie in-engine using our motion builder. The sequences were growing by the day and we achieved the proper pacing for telling the entire story.
The film was getting longer and longer. Geralt’s journey, the troll encounter, the horse panicking, meditation and the cave sequence – all of this added up to a length of over 5 minutes. Our initial concept was only two minutes long. But the story as a whole was great, so we didn’t want to cut a thing.
The Epilogue – some people never learn
Other problems showed that some assets had to be improved to meet our standards (i.e. some objects had been using lo-res textures, because they weren’t intended for close-ups). Paweł Mielniczuk (Lead Character Artist) also had to join the project and he created “Geralt’s new look” after the witcher consumes his potions.
Lucjan Więcek (Lead Level Artist) who loves perfection (sometimes even too much) was controlling us all the time. He corrected the lighting, added some vegetation here and there. He also “lent” us his team member – Adrian Sobieraj (Level Artist) who moved many to suit our needs.
More and more people joined the project and we got a lot of help (whereas at first everybody told us we were going to be alone on this one). Once again our studio proved that our pursuit of awesomeness is unlimited and we cannot contain our desires.
And so, after many hours of overtime, midnight pizzas and going home only for a change clothes, the movie was ready. The sound crew applied the finishing touch – they worked right up to the last minute.
We are getting used to the mantra: “if we only had one day more, we would improve…”. But still I am very satisfied with what we achieved.
And here are some production screenshots:Tweet