games: gametrailer, Friday 16 October
Framestore has delivered a dynamic, animated HD introduction for Activision's new DJ Hero console game.
Briefed by Freestyle Games, Simon Whalley and Mike Woods from Framestore commissioned director Marco Puig, from Warp Films, to help visualise the animation for this highly anticipated game. Marco's thirst for something unique generated a fantastic treatment and VFX Supervisor, Diarmid Harrison-Murray, developed a look that was part photoreal, part hyper-real and part nod to game play. The result is an epic visual feast, in which a giant record needle terrorises a vinyl planet and its DJ inhabitants.
Realising Marco's vision was a huge technical undertaking for Framestore. Using a team of 25 3D artists, they worked on 76 shots in HD over a solid 15 week period. Apart from the central work of rebuilding and polishing the 5 main DJ characters (Cooky, GMF, HHH, Itch & Shadow), there was also a plethora of props, vehicles, environments, and other characters to create - the final scene alone boasting a retina-clenching 4800 individual dancers.
A major challenge of the project was the execution of the music and sound editing. Framestore's Mike Woods worked closely with Freestyle's musical director, Daniel Neil, and sound FX house Pepper to create a sonic mix in 5.1 Dolby Surround sound that fits every aspect of the video narrative.
Once all the elements were brought together, a final grade was added by Simon Bourne, creating an intro that is truly out of this world.
LIENT Activision / Freestyle Games
PRODUCTION COMPANY Framestore in association with Warp Films
VFX SUPERVISOR Diarmid Harrison-Murray
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Simon Whalley
SENIOR CG PRODUCER Sarah Hiddlestone
DIGITAL PRODUCER Mike Woods
ANIMATION LEADS Nicklas Andersson, Mike Mellor
FX LEAD Martin Aufinger
RIGGING/CLOTH James Healy
LEAD MODELLING Alex Doyle
DIRECTOR Marco Puig
PRODUCER Diarmid Scrimshaw