The hype machine for Killzone 3 is starting to get into gear as the release date for Sony’s exclusive highly held sequel is less than a month away.  Today, Sony and Guerrilla games is giving us a sneak peek at the Killzone 3: Behind the scenes featurette, which will come included in the Killzone 3: Helghast Edition.

Video and quotes come courtesy of the US PlayStation Blog.

Guerrilla explains “how real-life actors were transformed into virtual characters.”

Using state-of-the-art motion capture techniques, the actors’ performances were captured using reflective tracking markers worn on the face and body. Many of the props and characters they were acting off only existed inside the computer, however.

Actor Ray Winstone (Admiral Orlock), who cut his teeth on full-body performance capture in the 2007 movie adaptation of Beowulf, was undaunted by that prospect. ”It’s like going back to school in a way,” he said. “You play the scene, and you start to get your imagination back, you know?”

Co-star Malcolm McDowell (Chairman Stahl), whose video game appearances stretch back to the early nineties, was quite satisfied with the technology. “When I’m 85, I can be doing video games, because they can put a young man’s face over mine,” he joked. “And as long as I don’t do a gravelly voice, I’ll be alright!”

Now here’s the video: