Halo 4looks to be another mega-blockbuster hit for Microsoft and the Xbox 360. Every sequel in this critically-acclaimed video game franchise has always had some very well-made (award-winning as well) live-action tv spots and trailers to help market each title weeks prior to it’s release. For the 4th sequel to the series things haven’t changed and Microsoft looks to expand on their popular live-action shorts by financing a mini-series of live-action shorts that tells the events that will lead up to the story of Halo 4. The mini-series will also introduce a character that will tie-in to the game.
Forward Unto Dawn is the name of this live-action mini-series and will air weeks before the release of the game on both Machinima.com and Halo Waypoint on the Xbox Live.
It’s one thing to create a couple of live-action trailers, but this latest marketing blitz by Microsoft Game Studios looks to take things to a whole new level. Fans of the franchise are still nursing the disappointment over the cancelled attempt to create a Hollywood blockbuster film-adaptation of the Haloseries. A film adaptation that had some major heavy-hitters in its corner from Peter Jackson, Neill Blomkamp and WETA Studios. Forward Unto Dawn (depending on its overall quality and how well the public receives it) may help bring new interest in finally getting the live-action film-adaptation up and running again.
British film poster artist Tom Chantrell was the son of a trapeze artist. He attended Manchester Art College before entering the world of advertising. He designed his first film poster, for The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, in 1938. He would go on to design over 7,000 different film poster and would be best remembered for his poster for Star Wars. Some other examples of his work can be found below.
San Diego Comic Con 2012 is in full swing and one of te the biggest shows in the past couple years once again held it’s panel in the huge Hall H auditorium to unveil and present the Season 3 Comic-Con trailer. The show I speak of is AMC’s zombie apocalypse tv series, The Walking Dead, which began airing in the fall of 2010.
The show has remained a powerhouse ratings grabber for AMC and only continues to have it’s fan-base increase. All this despite a series that has been like a rollercoaster ride in terms of quality through it’s 19-episodes over the first two seasons. Its fair to say that the show has captured the imagination of the general public even if it has lost some of the hardcore fans of the original comic book source material the show’s adapted from.
With a strong truncated Season 1 the show had a very uneven Season 2 which still ended pretty strong as we get two cliffhanger scenes that would dominate this upcoming third season: introduction of fan-favorite character Michonne and the reveal of prison location that became its own character in the comic book and should do the same for the third season.
Oh yeah, looks like this Comic-Con trailer has a Merle Dixon sighting.