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Old 10-15-2015, 10:03 AM   #1
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Assassin's Creed Syndicate: Bald Eagle Wearing a 4K Camera Sent Out Over London


Ubisoft sends along a press release announcing "one of the most ambitious filming projects ever to hit London's skyline." In other words, they put a 4K camera on a Bald Eagle and sent him out over London. It is worth a look because the 29 year old Bald Eagle, Sidney, is bad ass, and some of the footage is cool.

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London, UK - October 15, 2015, Today, Ubisoft(r) announced one of the most ambitious filming projects ever to hit London's skyline, in celebration of the upcoming launch of Assassin's Creed(r) Syndicate. The latest installment in the global video game franchise is available to own on October 23rd for the PlayStation(r)4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One(r), the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and will be available on Windows PC on November 19th.

For the first time, a Bald Eagle was flown over London, launched from some of the most iconic and tallest buildings in Europe with a 4K camera (four times as much detail as 1080p Full HD) attached to its back, offering stunning, never before seen footage of the UK's capital city from an Eagle's eye.

This project was undertaken to showcase a feature in Assassin's Creed(r) Syndicate, where players can use 'Eagle Vision'; a tool enabling players to have an Eagle-Eyed perspective and vision to locate enemies and key features at distance. The game, set in Victorian London during the industrial revolution, has taken over two years to develop by the global video games publisher, Ubisoft, who have painstakingly recreated 1868 London in stunning detail.

For the Eagle flights, launch points used included; the Walkie Talkie (20 Fenchurch Street) 35th floor Sky Garden (492 feet above ground level) and Sushi Samba at The Heron Tower (792 feet). Other landmark launch points included Trafalgar Square, City Hall and The Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

"The ambition of this project was huge and it was months in planning to make sure we could achieve the stunning content that we set out to capture," said Tom Goldberger, Senior PR Manager at Ubisoft. "We worked with a fantastic production team, vastly experienced eagle handler and highly trained eagle to ensure the project was a huge success. We're delighted to have finally been able to bring to life one of the most iconic features in Assassin's Creed Syndicate."

Falconry Expert, Chris O'Donnell, along with his 29 year old Bald Eagle, Sidney, were recruited to make the filming concept a reality; "An Eagle has never been flown to this extent in an urban environment, so this was a very exciting project to be involved in. Sidney is a Bald Eagle who is used to large crowds of people and was highly adaptable to a busy city environment. We developed a bespoke harness and fitting for the camera and spent months testing it for comfort and stability. We had good flying conditions, incredible launch points and the footage we captured was utterly remarkable."
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And the best part of the video is the end, where they killed the Eagle and then ate it. Long live the Queen!
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My family is from Western Wisconsin and I was born alongside the Wisconsin River. One of the best memories I have of my childhood with my Grandfather was sitting alongside the river fishing and watching the eagles. They were sacred to my Grandfather and he adorned his house with so much eagle decorations it was ridiculous. Well, at the time it seemed that way.
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My family is from Western Wisconsin and I was born alongside the Wisconsin River. One of the best memories I have of my childhood with my Grandfather was sitting alongside the river fishing and watching the eagles. They were sacred to my Grandfather and he adorned his house with so much eagle decorations it was ridiculous. Well, at the time it seemed that way.
I used to think bald eagles were majestic...until I saw one swoop down by the side of the road, grab some dead critter and take off.

Watching them snatch roadkill from the side of the road kills some of the mystique.
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