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400 actors and a camera from the Hobbit helped Guitar Hero Live fill its stadiums

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Guitar hero, you’ve changed man. The original series o games had a rather simple setup for a live crowd. And by live crowd, I mean an ocean of hands straight out of the dreams of an appendage fetish pervert’s mind. This year however, Guitar Hero Live features actual people, ready to cheer your axe solo or boo your hipster-dressed ass into oblivion. And capturing that crowd wasn’t easy.

In order to capture the proper scope of a crowd of some 400 extras, Activision got their hands on a gigantic camera setup that was previously used to help The Hobbit director Peter Jackson film and combine massive scenes for his hairy-footed trilogy of dwarves and CGI Billy Connolly. The camera itself clocks in at two tons according to Edge (via Gamesradar), with developer Freestyle Games explaining that the massive cast of extras were filmed in front of a large green screen backdrop.

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The crowd was then instructed to emote positive and negative reactions for the game, which were recorded at the same time and can then be used to flip between the two states of response, depending on your level of butter-fingers at the time. Rad solos equals happy crowds. Terrible riffs and missed chords equals a Zippo lighter being thrown at your face soon enough. In order to make 400 extras look like a 5000-strong crowd, Freestyle had the cast constantly swapping their clothing and attitude and moving several rows back, repeating the process until the audience looked massive enough and filling in any gaps with some CGI.

The camera however, wasn’t able to film both the crowd reactions and your pretentiously-dressed bandmates yelling at you at the same, so Freestyle had the band pre-show scenes written, rehearsed and filmed on its own. I’m still a bit torn over the new look of Guitar Hero, although that could also be the result of getting older and not understanding how this damn peacock fashion works. No, no it’s not. Everyone else is wrong, and I’m right.

I do however, expect this attitude to change should I be given a chance to strum along to some Guns n’ Roses and pull off a November Rain solo.

Last Updated: January 4, 2017

38 Comments

  1. Hahaha!! That header and that tag… I needed to laugh that hard, that and I need a weekend…

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    • Lord Chaos

      May 11, 2015 at 09:42

      It is CONFIRMED this should be header of the week.

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      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        May 11, 2015 at 09:50

        INDEED Let it be so!

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      • Captain JJ Fantasticus

        May 11, 2015 at 09:53

        Agreed

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        • Hammersteyn

          May 11, 2015 at 09:54

          *AGREED 😛

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          • Captain JJ Fantasticus

            May 11, 2015 at 09:55

            Teach me master

          • Hammersteyn

            May 11, 2015 at 09:55

          • Admiral Chief

            May 11, 2015 at 09:59

            You have bold eyebrows, but you cannot do bold comments?

            OH THE IRONY

          • Captain JJ Fantasticus

            May 11, 2015 at 09:59

            If the eyes are the windows to the soul I have the grandest of balconies!

          • Hammersteyn

            May 11, 2015 at 10:00

            hahahaha

          • Admiral Chief

            May 11, 2015 at 10:02

            Windows BELOW balconies?

          • Captain JJ Fantasticus

            May 11, 2015 at 10:03

            You don’t have windows on your bottom level? Where do you live, in a fort? 😀

          • Admiral Chief

            May 11, 2015 at 10:05

            You have eyes on two levels? Did you drink from the mutant toilet while on honeymoon?

          • Captain JJ Fantasticus

            May 11, 2015 at 10:08

            That toilet was perfectly clean! At least I make sense! ;P

          • Hammersteyn

            May 11, 2015 at 10:07

            *Below cocoons

          • Captain JJ Fantasticus

            May 11, 2015 at 10:09

            I was going to make you something nice with the silk, but now you can forget about it! ;P

          • Hammersteyn

            May 11, 2015 at 10:39

            Dammit, could’ve used new underwear. Mine has more holes than the plot of the Matrix trilogy

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 11, 2015 at 10:47

            Haha

          • Admiral Chief

            May 11, 2015 at 10:09

            Ah, that I understand

  2. ReaperOfSquirrels

    May 11, 2015 at 09:41

    I liked the cartoony look of the previous titles… don’t know if I like the “Live” crowd idea though.

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    • HairyEwok

      May 11, 2015 at 10:17

      I liked the colour coordination of the buttons…. Now theres 6 buttons in a 3 way split and no colour to show what to press….. I guess if your colour blind you wont have much of a problem.

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  3. Hammersteyn

    May 11, 2015 at 09:41

    Or they could have captured the crowd rections from and Bieber/Cyrus or One Direction concert… well the adult section anyways.

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    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      May 11, 2015 at 09:43

      Oh Lord no…. can you imagine the parents’ side of things, it’ll be loaded with parents that are bored to death waiting on their kids to finish…

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      • Hammersteyn

        May 11, 2015 at 09:46

        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          May 11, 2015 at 09:47

          HAHAHAHAHAH!!!! Exactly!!!

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        • Admiral Chief

          May 11, 2015 at 09:58

          Looks like a PTSD awareness video

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        • Admiral Chief

          May 11, 2015 at 09:58

          Those dads, dey da real MVPs

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  4. ReaperOfSquirrels

    May 11, 2015 at 09:44

    Wow, they found 400 hipsters

    Impressive

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    • Hammersteyn

      May 11, 2015 at 09:48

      They tossed flyers outside the Apple store when the Apple watch went on sale.

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      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        May 11, 2015 at 09:53

        I wonder what the flyers said though…”Find your post ironic statement printed on your T-shirt with a chequered pattern at the Activision studios, book now to avoid being mainstream”

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        • Hammersteyn

          May 11, 2015 at 09:54

          hahahaha

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      • Captain JJ Fantasticus

        May 11, 2015 at 09:54

        All the flyers had on was a hashtag, and they just knew.

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  5. Captain JJ Fantasticus

    May 11, 2015 at 09:53

    What does it do about the emptiness in your soul though?

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    • Hammersteyn

      May 11, 2015 at 09:53

      Nothing, that’s why we drink

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      • Captain JJ Fantasticus

        May 11, 2015 at 09:54

        Hahaha

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  6. HairyEwok

    May 11, 2015 at 10:12

    There’s a couple of people in that crowd that’s probably as high as a kite and doesn’t give a damn of how shitty you are on your plastic guitar.

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    • Captain JJ Browman

      May 11, 2015 at 10:16

      or that you’re even playing on a plastic guitar XD

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  7. Kensei Seraph

    May 11, 2015 at 10:28

    If they wanted negative reactions then all they had to do was play some Bieber.

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