Halo: Reach “Birth of a Spartan” live action short hitting April 27

Monday, 26th April 2010 14:37 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Microsoft just announced that a new Halo live action short, Birth of a Spartan, will be released on April 27 as a promo for the upcoming Reach beta.

The movie, directed by Noam Murro, is a “stirring depiction” of the transformation of Carter 259, the leader of Noble Team in Halo: Reach, from an ordinary young man to a “superhuman Spartan warrior.” Power.

The 60 second short premieres in the UK on Tuesday, April 27 via Sky Sports 2 at the end of the Champions League semi-final between Lyon and Bayern Munich. It’s being shown again on Wednesday, 28 April on ITV 1 after the Champions League Semi Final between Barcelona vs Inter Milan.

The short will be available on Reach’s teaser site on Tuesday, April 27 at 5.00 am GMT.

The Halo: Reach beta goes live on May 3. Check out our impressions here. Check out a just-published 35-minute video of it here.

Press release below.

Witness the Dramatic “Birth of a Spartan” in the Stunning Live-Action Short for the Biggest Blockbuster Game of 2010, “Halo: Reach”

LONDON – 26 April 2010 – Brace yourselves for a riveting glimpse into one of the darkest secrets of the “Halo” universe. This week is the premiere of “Birth of a Spartan,” a live-action short directed by award-winning director Noam Murro. Airing on multiple U.K. and U.S. TV networks and also showing in cinemas across North America, “Birth of a Spartan” is a stirring depiction of the transformation of Carter 259, the future leader of Noble Team in “Halo: Reach,” from an ordinary young man to a superhuman Spartan warrior.

The highly classified bio-augmentation procedure is a Spartan candidate’s final and most difficult ordeal before joining the ranks of the legendary soldiers. The dramatic interpretation of Carter’s rebirth as a Spartan embodies the themes of courage, sacrifice and honor in “Halo: Reach” and gives viewers a unique look into the origins of a central character in the upcoming blockbuster game.

The 60 second ad short premieres in the U.K. on Tuesday, April 27 via Sky Sports 2 at the full time whistle of the Champions League semi-final between Lyon and Bayern Munich. Watch it live or on demand on Sky Player, Sky’s online TV service on Xbox 360 via Xbox LIVE. And if you miss it, catch it again on Wednesday 28th April on ITV 1 after the Champions League Semi Final between Barcelona vs Inter Milan. The short will also air on multiple shows across sixteen other U.K. and U.S. TV networks, including Comedy Central, Spike TV, Bravo, FX, TNT and TBS.

The short will be available on on Tuesday, April 27 at 5.00 am GMT. In addition to being able to view the short, users can also upload a photo of themselves and get an image created of them as a Spartan III. On the following day a special, extended two minute 30 second version will be available for download on Xbox LIVE exclusively for Gold members. The ad short will also premiere on April 28 in cinemas across North America in select theaters with screenings through the opening weekend of “Iron Man 2” and concludes on May 13.

“Birth of a Spartan” was directed by Noam Murro, the director of the 2008 feature film “Smart People” and numerous award-winning ad spots for Toshiba, Saturn, Volkswagen and more. The recipient of the Director’s Guild of America’s 2005 Director of the Year award, Murro was also recently named the U.K.’s #1 director by Campaign magazine. For production of the short, Microsoft partnered with Biscuit Filmworks Co., a production company Murro founded in 2000.

Developed by acclaimed studio Bungie, “Halo: Reach” launches this autumn exclusively on Xbox 360, and is available for pre-order today in standard, Limited and Legendary editions. The “Halo: Reach” multiplayer beta, which is poised to be the definitive Xbox LIVE event of this spring, kicks off in one week on May 3. Players can access the beta via the “Halo 3: ODST” campaign disc.



  1. mington

    Be good to see the Elites in live action

    #1 5 years ago
  2. daytripper

    be good to see youtube videos of kids getting furious when they get killed in the beta

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    What i always liked about Halo franchise… YEs, YES, fanboys… are enraged.

    I liked two things:

    1) Music from Michael Salvatori and Martin O’Donnell. Music is brilliant and probably why this game is popular if we will not count marketing campaigns and e.t.c.

    2) Live Action Movies – pretty cool i must say. They have a feel of a strong blockbuster holywood movie and thats a very good feel.

    Except of that, Halo is SHIT, until someone will justify its marketing campaign with a good game, it sucks and admit it. Atleast your brain need to do that sooner or later or you are a goner. The horror. THE HORROR!

    #3 5 years ago
  4. daytripper

    @3 forcing your opinion on people to get reactions, i thought you were a bit smarter than that.

    agree about halo games though, imo i just dont see what the fuss is about.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Freek

    If it was all marketing then people would only buy the game and then quickly stop playing it.
    That isn’t the case at all, the games have stayed amongst the most popular Xbox live games consistently.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Gadzooks!

    When a child sees a group of people participating in, and getting great enjoyment from a pasttime that they are not allowed to join in with, the natural reaction is to brand that pasttime as ‘shit’.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    @5 I agree at some point. But this game really sells better in US then in Europe or other countries. Thats just strange but i saw really big marketing campaign only there.

    @4 I’m not forcing anything. If you don’t like what i write just ignore it and join Gadzooks or something. I’m just trying to understand why this game generate massive hype when i saw everything the same but much better long ago. Thats it.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Gheritt White

    @6: Very well observed.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Gheritt White

    @7: We get that, really we do. But would it hurt to not flame *every single* Halo:Reach article?

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Erthazus

    @9 Not every single. I flame only interesting Halo articles :D. So STFU :D
    Like Halo gameplay (I was interested in it, maybe it have a great gameplay, when i watched, i just see an excitement about simple stuff.)

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Gheritt White

    @ Erthazus: I take it you are open to sensible, reasoned discussion? If so, I think that maybe you’d enjoy reading this article. It’s a first impressions piece about Halo: Reach, written by somebody who shares your views and profoundly dislikes the Halo franchise.

    Please, read it and let us know your thoughts.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Erthazus

    That guy is my hero and i agree with him absolutely, except that he said that Halo is a Quake 3 wannabe, no, i think it’s more like Unreal Tournament wannabe…

    Still reading… But that guy speaks the truth. I will update this post.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Benjo1981


    I’m guessing Mr Erthazus is trying to formulate a way to subvert the theme of the second half of that article to his own agenda..

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Erthazus

    I agree with him absolutely in everything. I just can’t say more. Genius and informative, but if he said the truth about Halo:Reach then it’s probably now a GAME.

    “And yeah, it’s still kind of slow”

    Disappointment. Fast-dynamic FPS action can’t be slow and David Houghton know that. But it’s a very interesting opinion or post or whatsoever. Gheritt if you remember, i said about this One fucking hundred times that HALO franchise have a potential to be a masterpiece but not in Bungie hands, if developers like Valve or Epic could make Halo as the fast-paced-dynamic FPS with deep mechanics = masterpiece 100%


    I hated the action-figure presentation, the bland universe, and the total lack of personality anywhere in the game. I hated the fact that all my time in the campaign was spent trying to work out how to move at a decent pace, until I realised that you can’t in Halo. I hated the bog-basic, meat-and-potatoes multiplayer, an experience that desperately wished it was Quake 3 but was hampered by the fact that it played like it had been wrapped in treacle. Underwater treacle. In short, Halo played like a sort of “My first FPS”, a training wheels version of a proper shooter, and it did nothing of interest for me whatsoever. And it stayed that way right through to Halo 3.

    Genius. Yeah, thats how i feel in most cases.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Gheritt White

    Well, if you agree with him and even *he* says he’s “hopeful“, then maybe there’s enough to look forward to for you to have a bit more of an open mind?

    At least, can we see a few less “Halo is SHIT” style posts (over and over again), please?

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Erthazus

    @15 no, you won’t see less until i will try it (Ok, ok, you will see less shit about Halo, ok i understand that you are all Fanboys and you like Halo. O K.). Even if he is hopeful, i still saw SHIT.

    I will try the game, my friend have 360, he don’t have ODST but we will get it and try it out together.

    If i will like the game you will see good attitude. I’m still skeptical, but from what i read from that David Houghton. Absolutely same opinion.

    #16 5 years ago

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