A Documentary Series
Naughty Dog / Sony
Naughty Dog / Sony
Naughty Dog, creators of the multiple-award-winning Uncharted videogame series, were set to make a huge impact with their latest creation. An unusual studio with a unique, collaborative approach to videogame development, they needed an equally collaborative production team.
A feature-length exploration of the game's creation, GROUNDED: Making the Last of Us is a love letter to the trials of exploring new territory. There are no road maps or guide books for creating a new world. The only way through is to fail—over and over again. This is the story of how a team of artists, musicians, programmers, writers, actors, filmmakers, playtesters, and a lonely UI designer—came together and pushed each other to build something larger than themselves.
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For one of the longest-running game franchises in history, Street Fighter creators Capcom needed something exceedingly special to accompany the release of their 25th anniversary edition of the game. AREA 5 produced, shot, edited, and finished a documentary that spans three countries, more than two decades, and tells the story of how a game not only birthed an entire genre, but changed the lives of a generation. More information in the blog post.
With only four months from conception to completion, AREA 5 finished the documentary in time for its inclusion in the 25th Anniversary boxed set.
AREA 5 is no stranger to foreign shoots and leveraging local talent. Thanks to expert partner 8-4, Ltd., we think no one will notice that we don't speak Japanese.
We pulled together a shooting schedule that featured a powerful selection of subjects and locations in a matter of weeks.
The most successful gaming franchise in history requires top quality, speed, and security in everything associated with the brand. AREA 5 has been on board as a go-to production company since the release of Call of Duty® Black Ops in 2010. From concept and pre-production planning through to the final product, AREA 5 has completed dozens of productions hand-in-hand with Activision and the incredible staff of the Call of Duty® development studios.