In this article we are giving you a look behind the scenes into an Assassin’s Creed Movie event that took place last month. We sent one of our fellow AC Community team members to the River Thames to an exclusive fan screening and this is his story.
Before going into detail about my experience at the event, I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Dominik (Dom) or better known as “Ubi-QuB3” on the forums or the Council and I am working for the AC Community in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Asia) alongside Laureline (Ubi-JollyCharly). Before I joined the company, I was a volunteer moderator on the German Ubisoft forums, responsible for Assassin’s Creed. In August 2015, I attended Gamescom as a Ubisoft Star Player for Assassin’s Creed. I’m a big AC fan who was lucky enough to join his favourite brand.. I feel lucky to be living the dream here. Alright, now let me tell you about the AC movie event I attended last month:
After years of planning and production the moment is finally there. The Assassin’s Creed Movie is out in most countries around the globe and we are looking forward to your continuous feedback and can’t wait to read, hear or listen to anything you might have in mind. We received much feedback from all over the world already and are happy for any words from our community to come.
Before going into all details around the event, let me give you a short overview of the movie and its cast. Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organisation in the present day. ASSASSIN’S CREED stars Academy Award® nominee Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, 12 Years a Slave) and Academy Award® winner Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises, La Vie en Rose). The film is directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown, Macbeth), produced by New Regency, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, DMC Films and Kennedy/Marshall, co-financed by RatPac Entertainment and Alpha Pictures and distributed by 20th Century Fox. ASSASSIN’S CREED is in theatres now.
I went to London for you as Assassin in all secrecy on December 18th. I was accompanied by our fellow community member Colum Blackett, the Admin of @ACfirstciv. Together we had, the unique opportunity to see the movie in advance, during an exclusive fan screening. Rest assured, there’s a lot to come! Make sure to sit tight and listen to Jed Kurzel’s official Movie soundtrack while reading.
When I first arrived at London Kings Cross, I realized quickly: Unlike the codex foresees that Assassins shall remain in the dark, unseen, hidden in plain sight, Assassin’s Creed was everywhere. During my spare time I had the chance to do some sightseeing, so I used the opportunity to visit Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and of course the Elizabeth Tower, better known as Big Ben, even though the Big Ben is in fact the great bell and not the whole tower itself. Anyway, I couldn’t stop to imagine an Assassin sitting on the top of the tower, surveying the district, waiting for the screeching of an eagle and then doing a Leap of Faith. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate was clearly still in my head and it’s a great feeling as a fan to see the sights in real life after climbing them a dozen times in the game, but how could you possibly forget the charming twins Evie and Jacob Frye, eh? During my tour through the City of Westminster I also noticed ads of the movies, literally everywhere. On buses, posters or on screens. I would need to lie if I would say it didn’t make me proud a little.The actual event itself was located in West End London next to the Picadilly Circus, the epi centre of shopping and entertainment in London. The surroundings as well as the location itself were marvellous and the entire event was an interesting occurrence that I will never forget, not just as employee, but as fan. The preview screening took place in the Ham Yard Hotel, a top-notch location.We arrived at the location shortly after a quick taxi ride and found us in queue of many fellow Assassins fans, who have been waiting to enter the event location in the lower floors of the building. We went down and entered a loft kind of style area. Obviously with a stylish bar, some movie standees and an area with the costumes of Aguilar and Maria in front of a red carpet kind of style wall with Assassin’s Creed logos on it. Many took advantage of the given opportunity and did some photos and selfies of the iconic costumes ending up in a queue with people that intended to take a picture with them. Then we were greeted with some welcome drinks and we had a bit of time to talk to some fans to discuss our expectations and sharing the anticipation we all had. Shortly after, it was finally time to see the movie.After I got rid of my phone I was amongst the first to enter the room, so I was lucky to have the free choice where to sit, so I chose the best place to be – in my opinion at least. After a small note not post any spoilers on socials before the end of the embargo, which was lifted the day after, the moment we have all waited for was finally there. However, before the actual movie started Michael Fassbender greeted us on-screen and wished us a lot of fun with the movie.
We are not going into detail with the movie plot in this article. If you want to get all the details, please use your eagle vision to locate your closest cinema and watch the movie or head to the pro tip section further down below.
Fans may wonder whether the movie is entertaining for a fan of the AC franchise.And to make it short here, yes it is! The movie is set in the beloved and well known universe, is adding new elements to the overall story arc but is continually coherent with the universe you know, has some surprises and plot twists in store, however everything fits seamlessly into the universe. The movie is set in the same year as Assassin’s Creed II: Discovery in the past, so our beloved Mentor Ezio is around the corner on his hunt for a piece of eden. The present day is set after the events in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, but as said before, no spoilers.
Now, what about folks that never touched bases with the Assassin’s Creed universe? Is it worth for them to watch the movie or is it demanding too much knowledge? Well, yes and no. You will be able to follow the movie’s storyline more easily if you have some knowledge about the AC universe that’s for sure, but it won’t be the case that you won’t understand anything, just because you’re new to the universe, as the movie generally speaking has its own plot. However, the universe and the overall story arc will be continued just as in the AC games.
Pro tip: If you wish to see the movie but would like to have more knowledge or in case you have some questions after you watched the movie, you might want to take a closer look at the official Assassin’s Creed Novelization, which should give you some more insights and details around the story and has some answers to questions that have remained unanswered. If you’re completely new to the universe you might want to check the Assassin’s Creed Essential Guide, which is going into detail with all milestones throughout the entire AC universe in chronological order and provides you with some more additional information. You can also explore the art and creation of the Assassin’s Creed Movie with the Into the Animus book. Otherwise, we have released several articles throughout the last year for you, which are going to deal with important aspects of the brands overall plot. Amongst other things, we released an article about the overarching Assassins versus Templar conflict, gave some information around the Assassin brotherhood, the Templar order, the creed, the history of the hidden blade, and A to Z guide of everything Assassin’s Creed and also published an article about the evolution of the Animus throughout the years. This should provide you with some advance knowledge.
Many people are skeptical – and gosh we were too before we watched the movie, I’m sure that everyone in the room had some doubts and we leave it completely up to you whether to like the movie or not. The movie was over after approx. 2 hours and left an audience behind with a lasting impression. Everyone clapped in their hands after the screen went dark, indicating a positive resonance.
Leap of Faith performance
We were invited to stay to see the iconic leap of faith performed by stuntman Dave Grant from 30 meters (100 feet) height live and without any CGI effects. Which was podcasted on Channel 4. If you didn’t have the chance to see it yet, feel free to catch up with the video below.
For an exclusive look behind the scenes of the #C4LeapoFaith stunt watch the video below.
Damien Walters, also stuntman for the AC Movie, performed the leap of faith for the movie from a height of 38 meters (125 feet), hence is one of the highest free falls by a stuntman in the past 35 years. You can see Damien’s jump below.
With the successful completion of the stunt and us being visibly relieved that Dave was fine after the stunt, the event came to an end. After a final discussion with the fans it was time for me and Colum to get back to the hotel.
During the taxi ride, Colum and I discussed about the movie, what we enjoyed and what criticisms we have. We agreed that the movie stayed loyal to the brand and features many small subtle moments that should make Assassin’s Creed fans happy.
I watched the movie again with the EMEA Community Team back in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK on December 22nd. The viewing took place in the Empire cinema during a private screening, hence a regular cinema.
We also invited two local fans to join us, Jessica who cosplayed as our beloved Italian Master Assassin Ezio and Daniel who is a big AC fan. My opinion didn’t change. If anything, I was surprised to see even more details that I didn’t noticed during the first screening.We hope you enjoyed this little excerpt of the UK event. The Assassin’s Creed Movie is out now in most countries worldwide, so make sure to watch it. And as always Assassins, please leave us your feedback regarding the movie and of course about the article on Twitter, Facebook, the official forums, on the Council or Reddit. We’re looking forward to anything that you have in mind and are thankful for any feedback.
With that being said I’d like to thank everyone involved and hope all fans had a lot of fun. The UK event was my first event as part of the AC Community Team and I’m psyched to see how quick I was accepted as part of the AC family. A special thank you to my fellow AC Community colleagues, Fox and obviously to Colum, who accompanied me throughout the whole event in London.
See you in the cinema!
Your AC Community Team <3