Halo: Arms Race
Halo: Arms Race is a short video created in collaboration with Bungie Studios, Neill Blomkamp, WETA Workshop and Origami Digital LLC and the first piece of live-action media in the Halo series. Released on July 10, 2007 on Bungie.net only hours after the Halo 3 E3 2007 Trailer, the video is intended primarily as an experiment to test Halo's real-world media potential as well as advertisement for Halo 3. It runs for 1 minute 52 seconds. It is part one in a trilogy of short films known as Halo: Landfall.
The video contains no dialog, instead narrating with text from a computer. It begins with the request from a UNSC Battle Group, Sol Defense Group 3/A-5 requesting repair and resupply. Once the request has been granted the video then goes on to show production of SRS99D-S2 AM Sniper Rifles, Marine and ODST helmets and suits, M12 Chaingun Warthogs, D77-TC Pelicans, BR55HB SR Battle Rifles, and M6G Magnums on the assembly line and ready for action in a Misriah Armory facility on Mars. It also shows several shots of the enlistment of UNSC Marines into a unit called S4/BAG/2/5 (including the addition of a barcode to the back of a Marine's neck, as well as being injected with an augmentation drug or electronic ID such as an IFF transponder), and then the arming of the marines. Finally, the short cuts to a marine holding a BR55HB SR Battle Rifle stands on war-stricken ground when an explosive detonates next to him, before ending with "Halo 3, Finish the Fight."
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