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Animation Bootcamp: 'God of War': Breathing New Life into a Hardened Spartan

Bruno Velazquez  (Animation Director, Sony Santa Monica Studio)

Location: Room 2010, West Hall

Date: Monday, March 18

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Summits - Get your pass now!

Topic: Visual Arts

Format: Tutorial

Tutorials: Animation Bootcamp

Vault Recording: Video

At the beginning of the project, Sony Santa Monica Studio was given the challenge to reinvent and reinvigorate the 'God of War' franchise. It was early in the process that the Santa Monica team decided that 'God of War' as a franchise could not exist without its main character Kratos. The challenge was to present Kratos in a new light to the audience, a side not motivated by rage and revenge. This chapter was to focus not in the warrior side of Kratos, rather on the flawed man he is. Because of this they had to have a fresh new approach to our animation pipeline and that meant starting over in many ways. This talk will focus on the process of transforming their approach to how they animate their main character and how they evolved in delivering the narrative experience.


The take away of this talk is to gain better insight into the animation process of the new 'God of War' project. The audience will have a better understanding of the techniques the Sony Santa Monica team employed to reinvent the character of Kratos and how they set out to show him in a new light.

Intended Audience

This session is intended for animation team members, writers, combat designers, and anyone interested in the 'God of War' franchise. There are no prerequisites needed to enjoy the talk.