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Agency 215, Legacy Effects (props), and Method Studios (visual effects).
Microsoft and Bungie Studios
August 26, 2010
2 minutes, 25 seconds
Deliver Hope is a live-action trailer for Halo: Reach, part of the Remember Reach marketing campaign. It was released on August 26, 2010 and has a runtime of 1:06. The trailer takes place before the events of the actual game, during the battle on the colony of Fumirole, where Noble Team destroys a CCS-class Battlecruiser using a Medium Fusion Destructive Device.
An extended cut of the trailer, which lasts for 2:31, was released on September 6, 2010, exclusively on YouTube.
The video opens with Catherine-B320 running across a battlefield in a ruined human city, holding an MFDD while firing an M6G sidearm with her other hand. Covenant ground forces, including Sangheili Ultras and Unggoy, can be seen assaulting human troops. The view cuts to show Jorge-052, supporting regular human infantry with his heavy machine gun and faces forward where you can see Emile-A239 waving Kat through to the left. The camera briefly cuts to show a wider view of the battle, revealing a Covenant Ket-pattern battlecruiser, Sanctity of Purification, hovering above the city while two UH-144 Falcons fly past the camera, their turrets firing at targets on the ground.
The camera then cuts to Kat's first-person view, with her arming the MFDD. A five-minute countdown appears on her heads-up display. She keeps running through the battlefield, and in the background, Carter-A259 can be seen assassinating an Elite. Several shots of Kat running are shown, one from first-person view of her firing her pistol (killing a Skirmisher) and another showing the reflection of the Covenant cruiser on her faceplate. A first-person view of Jun-A266 seeing Kat under fire is shown, in which he raises his sniper rifle's scope and then snipes an Ultra. After Kat leaps over an obstacle, a Banshee swoops overhead, and fires a plasma bolt from its Fuel Rod Cannon. The bolt impacts the ground right next to Kat, and the explosion sends her flying through the air, leaving her and the nuke lying on the ground. The nuke is shown to have two minutes left in its countdown display.
Thom-293 arrives at the spot where Kat is lying, briefly looks at her, and then picks up the nuke. Kat's eyes are shown reflected in her cracked visor as she watches Thom activate his jetpack, take off and fly toward the Covenant cruiser, entering the ship through its gravity lift. Inside, he rushes to a ledge overlooking a hangar bay where multiple Phantoms and Banshees are docked, and countless Unggoy move on the lower floor. Thom tosses the MFDD down and starts running back the way he entered the room. As the nuke flies to the camera, its display shows 00:01 left in the countdown.
The view cuts to an overhead shot of the cruiser, its shields fluctuating uncontrollably as multiple explosions bloom across the hull. Text is shown on the screen:
- REMEMBER WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
The view zooms out as the explosion engulfs the Covenant ship, to the Fumirole's orbit, where more explosions and fires are seen in different points on the surface. Text shown:
- REMEMBER REACH
The view then fades to black and the Halo: Reach logo appears, along with the game's release date of 9.14.2010. The Bungie and Microsoft Game Studios logos are seen in the lower left and right-hand corners of the screen, respectively. The video ends in the Xbox 360 logo being shown on the screen.
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The live-action trailer was directed by Noam Murro and edited by Angus Wall. The trailer features an original musical score written and produced by Human, with Brian Emrich as sound designer. The entire trailer was filmed on location in Prague. For the production of Deliver Hope, Microsoft and Bungie partnered with advertisement agency Agency 215, Legacy Effects and Method Studios. Visual design assets such as the interior of the Covenant cruiser or concept art for the MFDD were provided by Bungie.
During production, the early storyboards showed Kat's arm being severed, presumably by the fuel rod cannon blast that knocks her down. However, the scene was deemed too violent for television and was subsequently cut. Instead smoke is emitted from Kat's right shoulder, indicating a possible issue with her arm, and hinting that it needed to be amputated. Artist Steve Skroce produced several storyboards for the trailer, initially being told by the director his work was "too good", as he had spent so long on each image they had started to turn into "fan fiction".
Bungie's Associate Producer Dave Lieber produced a sound dialogue (provided on the right) of an Elite commander giving out a rousing speech for his combatants after being asked to explore what Elites might sound like just before a big battle. This sound dialogue was absent in the final production.
- The fact that Kat does not have a prosthetic arm implies that the events seen in the trailer take place before the Fall of Reach. This was later confirmed by Bungie. However, the trailer is intentionally vague about the setting, which may lead casual fans to assume that it takes place on Reach. It was later confirmed by the Halo: Essential Guide, that the events shown transpire during the Battle of Fumirole.
- The scene shown in the trailer is reminiscent of a part of Chapter Four in Halo: First Strike, where Red Team destroys a Covenant cruiser from the inside with a Fury Tactical Nuclear Weapon.
- Two Elite Ultras are seen wielding both energy swords and Okarda'phaa-pattern plasma rifles, a combination that has never been seen before. Such a combination would greatly mitigate the drawbacks of using a sword, which is most likely why it is not seen in any of the games.
- When Kat drops the device, the screen shows that 63 terajoules of energy are released upon detonation. The atomic bomb that exploded over Hiroshima during World War II released 60 terajoules of energy.
- Jorge-052 is seen wielding his M247H left-handed, although he wields it right-handedly in Halo: Reach. It is unknown whether he uses the weapon ambidextrously, or if this is merely an oversight.
- The shielding on the Ket-pattern battlecruiser appears similar to the energy shielding on the Sentinels in Halo 3, as well as that of the Bubble Shield and the Drop Shield, as all four display hexagonal shapes.
- Although the cruiser's shields are supposed to contain the blast, making it multiple times more destructive, if one looks closely near the beginning of the explosion, several small plumes, and eventually the entire explosion, travel right through it as if it were not there.
- Kat does not wear a jetpack, leaving it suspicious about how she intended to reach the cruiser's gravity lift, lending further credence to Holland's statement that Thom's death was the result of acting impulsively.
- The Army soldiers are shown using the MA5C instead of the MA37 ICWS, which is standard issue for Army units. It is possible that Army units on different planets are equipped differently. From a production standpoint, the MA5C props were used as they were readily available, having previously been used in The Life, the extended version of Birth of a Spartan, and Patrol.
- Kat is actually played by a male stunt man in the scenes where she is running, but is played by a woman in the scene with the point of view inside her helmet. The Elite Ultra being assassinated by Carter is also played by a man in an Elite suit.
- Kat's armor suit used within the trailer was later re-used during PAX 2010, where Kat was instead depicted by hired cosplayer Jordan Konkel. It and Thom's Mark V[B] were later repainted and used for Kelly-087 and Frederic-104 in Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.
Concept art of the aerial battle on Fumirole.
The Magnum prop used in the trailer at Halo Fest.
A Ket-pattern battlecruiser hovering over a ruined city during the Battle of Fumirole.
- Bungie.net: Bungie Weekly Update 08/27/10
- YouTube: Halo Reach Exclusive Deliver Hope Extended Trailer
- NeoGaf: View Single Post - 5274
- Facebook, Steve Skroce: "these are some boards I did for one of the Halo Reach commercials. The director said the drawings were 'Too good..' which I took as a great compliment at first but what he'd meant was that I was spending too much time on the drawing and had gone off script. which was true. I love the Halo games and have played them all and looking at these drawings I can see that I turned the gig into a little bit of my own fan fiction. the revisions were thumbnails essentially and very straight forward. loved drawing Master Chief!" (Retrieved on Jun 1, 2020) [archive]
- Bungie.net: Bungie Weekly Update: 09/17/10
- NeoGaf: View Single Post - 5255
- Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 105
- Youtube: Halo Reach - Making of 'Deliver Hope'
- 405th.com: Interview with the girl in the Kat suit from PAX (Archive)
- Production information of Deliver Hope by Method Studios
- Youtube: Halo Reach Exclusive Deliver Hope Extended Trailer