Project: The Battle for Constantinople
As part of a three part series about the history of the Silk Road with the title "How the Silk Road Made the World", for China TV (CCTV) and France 5, I was asked to provide a 35 s sequence illustrating how the Ottomans used in 1453 an especially crafted huge cannon for the very first time in history to breach the walls of Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire.
Only the hero horse riders were rendered as full 3D models, but in low resolution. Delivery format was in UHD and hundreds of soldiers needed to be rendered in each shot. Due to time and hardware limitations we needed to be clever about which models to render as 3D models and which ones just as animated 2D sprites (or flat planes). This frame shows the difference between the two with flat plane horse riders in the background. Note that this image is not taken from the actual camera angle, but from an oblique angle to show the effect.
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This is the full battle sequence with the original narration and sound effects as it was used in the final cut of the documentary.