Tuesday, 2 August 2011
Vanilla Was Awesome!
This video actually started life back in November/December last year. The original plans were to make it into a 3 part youtube series. However, the opportunity came up to have it shown at Evo, so we decided to put a lot more work into getting the best possible footage and generally making it as hype as possible for the occasion. Athol Cassidy and myself (Project Dolphin) also wrote and recorded an original piece of music, specifically for the soundtrack.
Apart from the intro Fei Long infinite clip, all of the gameplay was scripted by error1 on the PC version of 'Street Fighter IV'. Early in the project, we decided that we could get the best quality footage this way. At first I'd record scratch clips and error1 would then script them out and record in HQ. Before long though, we would just discuss concepts and ideas and one of us (usually error1) would run with the idea and come up with a full combo or set-up around it. Also, using scripting (tool-assistance), this allowed us to do some things that would be very, very unlikely by hand. The Abel infinite @0:26, Gen @1:36 and Guile @2:05 are all examples of this.
Here's a short vid showing the process of recording/scripting we used early on, plus some unused combos and ideas we ended up expanding upon. There's an Akuma combo that I really, really wanted to include here. I thought it'd be awesome to suddenly have a random picture-in-picture of the combo actually being performed in the middle of the vid. However, I eventually realized that it might be a little too self-indulgent to have this pop up in front of a thousand SF fans who want to watch the AE top 8. So it didn't make it.