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Video: Spec Ops: The Line's unique visual effects pipeline

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February 1, 2013 | By GDC Vault Staff

February 1, 2013 | By GDC Vault Staff
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Courtesy of the GDC Vault is a free lecture lecture about rapidly iterating on the visual effects for Spec Ops: The Line, given at the Game Developers Conference Europe 2012.

Yager Development's lead FX artist Florian Zender suggests creating a basic functioning asset first instead of using all of the development time in the beginning for something polished. The artist then has the time later to make it larger, cheaper, and prettier to meet other team members' evolving technical specifications.

Session Name: Bringing Home the Bacon- Developing the VFX of Spec Ops: The Line as Thin Slices

Speaker(s): Florian Zender

Company Name(s): Yager Development

Track / Format: Visual Arts

Overview:The current workflow we use in the VFX production of Spec Ops: The Line has been dubbed "Thin Slices" due to its quick and highly iterative approach. We use it to get a better handle on the issues presented by the interdisciplinary work and leverage as much potential as possible. The topic focuses on how this principle allowed us to cope with a quickly growing team, buffer various schedule changes and keep morale high when finalising the project.

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