A behind-the-scenes video from Ubisoft shows the making of its live-action Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag trailer, "Defy."
For authenticity's sake, the production team built a full-scale replica of most of an Age of Sail battleship including different decks and all the relevant rigging, and weathered it accordingly. The set construction took about 50 to 60 workers hammering and sawing away for about three weeks, according to the video.
Working with live action filming was different than making a cutscene in a game, says SFX supervisor Franck Lambertz, as you can't control absolutely everything like you can in a world that you've built yourself in CGI.
About 70 percent of the cast on film was made of stuntmen, says producer Ben Crocker, in the interests of both keeping production safe and making something that was interesting to watch.
Assassin's Creed 4 hits current-gen consoles late October with next-gen launches alongside the respective platforms.