|180 Amsterdam, Independent and MPC join forces to bring ‘world into play’ for PlayStation’s new handheld console, PS Vita.|
|Epic in its scale and visually striking, the spot – directed by Independent’s Cary Fukunaga – follows several gamers as they gradually become immersed in the world and experiences of the handheld console.|
|Richard Firminger at 180 Amsterdam and Emma Butterworth at Independent produced the spot with MPC managing the VFX.|
|The MPC team, led by VFX Supervisor Ludo Fealy and VFX Producer Scott Griffin, completed a variety of complex 3D and 2D work for the 60-second spot, which was shot on location in Prague.|
|For the subway scene, a static train carriage provided the background plates. The main character was then shot against a green screen at a different frame rate to that of the original background footage. The team then comped these together, allowing the individual to be emphasized and stand out against a slower moving backdrop. For the transition from train to tunnel, a digital matte painting provided the forest canopy with moving mist and birds elements added for effect.|
|For the Normandy beach landing, original plates were taken from a working quarry and set against a bluescreen backdrop. Separate ocean footage was shot, which was then composited back into the original plates (to give the appearance of a sandy beach). Boats were added in Cinema 4D to the background and the whole scene was tracked and compostited in Flare. The team later added explosions, bullet hits and smoke to enhance the setting and danger elements.|
|For the football scene, a disused stadium provided the initial setting for the footage. The actors were then rotoscoped out, and the team built a CG stadium complete with crowds, flags and banners to later composit the actors back in.|
|The 3D team were also tasked with creating a fully CG submarine in a train station platform. Due to the shot selection, the team had to remove various objects from the scene as the actor ascends the escalator to make way for the submarine.|
|George K added the grade using Baselight.
‘The World is in Play’ will be on air in the UK from 16th February, 2012.
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