Rarely one get's to use line "The rainbows aren't exploding in this previz, but we're working on it" in a production meeting...
"Probably the craziest, most far out brief we've received during our seven years as a studio", Lead Compositor Mika Rantala sumps up the trailer created for Trials Fusion: Awesome Level Max.
The annoucement trailer was directed by Tomi Väisänen from RedLynx and revealed at Ubisoft's E3 2015 press conference.
"Needless to say the brief was exceptionally creative to start with, so there was a lot of room to get our own ideas and input there. The atmosphere after the initial brief was super excited and everyone wanted to get started working right away!", Piñata Producer Miia Länsimäki says, and continues: "However, the trailer also had quite a bit of challenge in terms of animation, effects and rendering; but the whole studio worked tirelessly and always came up with new ways to improve the look. It was a balance of how much of over-the-top explosive eye candy and rainbows we want there and how 'serious' we want it to feel."
The project was a collaborative effort of the whole studio: Antti worked on the look and visual development while Ville and Jani focused on rigging and animating the main characters: our feline hero and the fire-breathing tattooed unicorn. (...naturally).
Heavy focus was put also on the cinematic feel and look, where Timo and Oula teamed up the bring the characters and whole environment to life with beautiful lighting, fur and simulations. Matte painting was Raine's and Tuomas´ resposibility, and as Lead Compositor and studio Director Mika looked over the whole project and brought all the thousands of little pieces together.
"Rarely one get's to use line 'the rainbows aren't exploding in this previz, but we're working on it' in a production meeting", Mika Rantala laughs and sums up the spirit of the whole project.
Client: Redlynx / Ubisoft
Director: Tomi Väisänen / Redlynx
Redlynx team: Antti Ilvessuo, Mikko Katara, Tomi Väisänen
Sound & music: Petri Alanko
Sound FX: Vili Viitaniemi, Matti Tuomela
Producer: Miia Länsimäki
Piñata artists: Antti Lukinmaa, Mika Rantala, Ville Ikonen, Jani Toikka, Timo Hämäläinen, Oula Runila, Mikko Vormala, Tuomas Korpi, Raine Kuusi and Sakari Leppä