The trailer for the IL-2 Scripted Campaign ‘Ice Ring’ is now out showing off 2-minutes of cinematic gameplay for the upcoming campaign. In this case this news post feels a bit self serving as this trailer is something that I put together with 1CGS mission maker BlackSix and lead producer Jason Williams. Here’s a little behind the scenes on this project as well as a reminder on the ‘Ice Ring’ campaign itself.
Cinematic campaign trailer
‘Ice Ring’ by BlackSix is the next IL-2 Scripted Campaign to come from the 1CGS team. In this case the story picks up as the player joins a specially formed IL-2 regiment that is tasked with reconnaissance and enemy air transport interceptions. This follow on campaign to the earlier Blazing Steppe and Fortress on the Volgan campaigns helps complete the summer, autumn and winter time periods of the Stalingrad campaign telling the story from the siege of the city to the destruction of the German army at Stalingrad.
And now I’m pleased to present the ‘Ice Ring’ trailer.
I’ve also had a chance now to play through the whole campaign while putting together the trailer for it and so once it is out I will have an available review. Of course working on the cinematic trailer does make this project a little closer to my own heart – if you will – but I will do my best to tell you what it’s about and help provide you with the details you need to decide if you want to buy it. If you’re already ready to go you can pre-order for $9.99 on the il2sturmovik.com webstore.
Behind the scenes of trailer making
I’ve done a number of cinematics for IL-2 over the last few years. Most of those were for fun but more recently I’ve started to work with Jason Williams and many of the Scripted Campaign authors. Most recently, I did the Achtung Spitfire! campaign trailer as well as Fortress on the Volga, Blazing Steppe, and Ten Days of Autumn.
I’ve learned a lot from other IL-2 cinematic campaign makers and those from other game and simulations. Some of the incredible work in the DCS World arena has also influenced me. I’ve also turned to TV shows and movies for everything from pacing to getting the camera movements right. Doing that in a simulation engine with its own quirks and limitations of course is a challenge too although one that is also part of the art form.
To help me along I have recently switched to using Davinci Resolve 16 for my video editing and rendering and I make use of software like Audacity when I need to adjust audio – although Resolve 16’s audio editing is also quite useful. Then when it comes to recording I use nVidia Shadowplay which, after some struggles, I’ve managed to get it recording IL-2 scenes without any glitches or pauses. Even the slightest pause will throw off a shot so watching for those is a challenge.
Creating a trailer for IL-2 is also performative – you have to play it and make it look good. I usually try and approach it without a specific performance in mind but rather just fly the mission as it should be flown. On occasion I’ll put on a bit of a show which can be interesting too.
Music for trailers like these need to be licensed (and royalty free) and there are several sources I tend to go to for these types of projects including AudioJungle, Shockwave Sound, and various other smaller sites.
Creating the trailer for Ice Ring went fairly smoothly and I ended up recording only 163 different clips to ultimately bring together the 2-minute trailer. Not all of those are in there. Most of them get thrown away and often you’ll redo the same clip over and over until its just “right” and you can move on. Other trailer projects have sometimes required many more clips until it finally comes together. It’s a painstaking process and one that I feel I’m getting a little bit better at each time but that I also still want to improve on.
I hope you enjoyed the trailer, I hope you enjoyed this little behind the scenes look at trailer making, and if you like single player Scripted Campaigns for IL-2, I hope you give ‘Ice Ring’ a look. I’ll say more about that after the campaign is out and my full review is ready!