Top 10 Video Game Cinematic Trailers

10. Tomb Raider – Lara Croft : Turning Point | cinematic trailer (2012) E3 2011

Trailer: ?. Publisher: Square Enix. Developer: Crystal Dynamics. Release: 2013

9. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Cinematic Trailer

Trailer: ?. Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment. Developer: Blizzard Entertainment. Release: 2010.

8. Fable 2 – Intro Cinematic

The color seems off in this YouTube version, its definitely worth a look on Blur’s site. Beautiful long shots of landscapes and views from a soaring bird.
Trailer: Blur Studios. Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios. Developer: Lion Head Studios. Release: 2008.

7. Brink 2010 Offcial E3 Game Trailer

Great cuts, camera angles and following action.
Trailer: Blur Studios. Publisher: Bethesda Softworks. Developer: Splash Damage. Release: 2010

6. Portal 2 Cinematic Trailer

Trailer: ?. Publisher: Valve Corporation. Developer: Valve Corporation. Release date: 2011.

5. Dead Island: Offcial Announcement Trailer

Upsetting as any good zombie game should be. This trailer is played out in reverse. Trailer: ?. Publisher: Deep Silver. Developer: Techland. Release date: 2011.

4. Halo 3 Trailer

Trailer: ?. Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios. Developer: Bungie. Release date: 2007.

3. Batman Arkham Asylum 2 World Premiere Trailer [HD]

Gritty details and transitions.
Trailer: Blur Studios. Publisher: Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment. Developer: Rocksteady. Release date: 2009.

2. Bioshock: Infinite – Debut Cinematic Trailer

A masterful presentation of tension without fighting.
Trailer: Blur Studios. Publisher: 2K Games. Developer: Irrational Games. Release date: 2013.

1. Assassin’s Creed III., 2012 cinematic

Trailer: DIGIC Pictures. Publisher: Ubisoft. Developer: Ubisoft Montréal. Release date: 2012.

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Movie Title Odoacer

Motion Graphics Movie Title:: Odoacer, End of an Empire

About the Movie Title

“After the fall of the greatest empire the world has ever seen, one man is left to put the pieces back together.” A movie title design study for an historic fiction movie based of the end of the Roman Empire.

Motion Graphics Movie Title Production Notes

This movie title test for the movie, Odoacer, was created using After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere Pro. The title’s logotype was designed, transferred into After Effects. The animation also uses 3D effects to create depth and allow light to appear on the falling fragments.


Motion Graphics Design, Artwork, Art Direction: L.V.O’Connell,
Music: “War And Peace“ by Jamie Evans, CC 3.0

Design Disciplines Defined

Design disciplines.

After seeing confusion about the different roles that designers take in the creation of the environments and things around us, here is a brief list of design
disciplines and their definitions.

Design disciplines.
Design disciplines.

Architecture: Architecture “is both the process and product of planning, designing and construction. Architectural works, in the material form of buildings, are often perceived as cultural symbols and as works of art. Historical civilizations are often identified with their surviving architectural achievements.” [Architecture, Wikipedia]

Graphic Design: Graphic Design, frequently referred to as Visual Communication or Communication Design, is an applied art. Graphic design often refers to both the process by which the communication is created and organized, and the products which are generated from that process. The products could be digital or printed (including: logos, brochures, websites, animation, books, and magazines).

Human Computer Interaction: (HCI) Human Computer Interaction revolves around the study, planning and design of the interaction between people and computers. This field pulls together a knowledge of human physical and mental factors (anatomy, behavior, psychology, communication,…) and technical factors (device limitations, operating systems, programming languages,…).

Industrial Design: This discipline combines applied art and science to create and develop concepts and specifications based on the aesthetics, ergonomics, functionality and usability of a physical product. The goal is to optimize the function, value and appearance of a product and/or system for the benefit of both user and manufacturer

Information Architecture: (AI) Information Architecture is the art and science of organizing the structure of information and content for websites, intranet sites and software to support usability. This involves making wireframes, the blueprints of a digital design. This could also involve creating a taxonomy of how content and products on a site should be classified, or a prototype illustrating how the information should change on screen as a user progresses through a task.

Interaction Design: (IxD) Interaction Design is the practice of shaping the digital products for use with a focus on behavior. This field combines information from science, engineering and combines them to imagine how a digital product might behave.

Motion Design: Part of graphic design, motion design applies graphic design principals to a video or animated context. Â Examples include: title sequences, web animations, and branding (station identification logo).

User Experience Design: (UXD, UED) UXD refers to the holistic consideration of a user’s experience. UXD is used to explain all aspects of a person’s experience with a system from initial communication (language, graphic design, sound) to physical and simulated interaction (UI, industrial design). This can include traditional Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) design.

User Interface: Is the design of devices, machines, software and websites with a focus on making the user’s interaction with the system or device as efficient and clear as possible.

“Interface design is involved in a wide range of projects from computer systems, to cars, to commercial planes; all of these projects involve much of the same basic human interactions yet also require some unique skills and knowledge. As a result, designers tend to specialize in certain types of projects and have skills centered around their expertise, whether that be software design, user research, web design, or industrial design.” [UI design, Wikipedia]

Visual Design: Visual Design refers to design that works with any media or visual communication.

Web Design: Web Design refers to the many skills and disciplines used in the creation, production and maintenance of a website. Different areas of web design can include: graphic design, user interface design, interaction design, user experience design and search engine optimization.

O'Connell Design
O’Connell Design

O’Connell Design is a creative studio dedicated to film and motion, game cinematics, and engaging visuals. For more information on our studio and to view our portfolio go to