360º VR experience

Anrick

SEAT: Made In Barcelona

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A 4D VR EXPERIENCE

SEAT asked us to make a 4d Virtual Reality experience about the powerful cultural link between the SEAT brand, and the city Barcelona. Our Director, Anrick Bregman, worked with Ogilvy Spain, and Wildbytes, to make this idea come to life.

Seat Made in Barcelona

It was important for this experience to be live action, not 3d. But at the same time, the core brief was that the camera would be ‘flying’ through the city of Barcelona, showing the most iconic locations, constantly in motion, as the viewer is chasing a real life SEAT Ateca.

We wanted to showcase how our hometown of Barcelona inspires the design of our automobiles. We decided on this approach because it is the best way to really feel our Barcelona inside the new SEAT Ateca.

Susanne Franz, SEAT Global Marketing Director.

To create such a flying feeling using live-action 360 cameras was a real challenge. And the end goal for this project was to create a 4D experience where the chair you’re sitting in is synced-up with those camera’s movements.

Seat Made in Barcelona
Seat Made in Barcelona
Seat Made in Barcelona
Seat Made in Barcelona

THE PROJECT

We filmed in the most iconic locations in Barcelona, using custom-built high-end 360° camera rigs, made with GoPros as well as Sony A7 DSLRs. We mounted those rigs into drones, backpacks, and used them to create seamlessly smooth moving skateboards shots that give you the feeling you’re flying.

This film is a journey that connects the most iconic locations of Barcelona, in one single memorable ride through this beautiful city.

This Virtual Reality experience was premiered at the Paris Motorshow, allowing visitors to experience this thrilling ride in 4D seats, which were programmed to move with our camera-work as the film plays.

What I really wanted to capture in this film is the day-to-day life of Barcelona, it’s people, and the energy of this amazing city. I wanted to create a journey that captures Barcelona’s magic, and keeps you at the edge of your seat throughout.

Anrick, Director
Seat Made in Barcelona
Seat Made in Barcelona
Seat Made in Barcelona
Seat Made in Barcelona

MAKING IT

From a filmmaking and visual effects perspective, this is our most complex project yet. The camera work required to make this project possible was extremely challenging, especially considering the complexity of 360° filmmaking.

To make all of that possible, it took the brains and skills of one the industry’s best camera teams, under the leadership of Director of Photography Carl Burke.

Seat Made in Barcelona
Natasha Duran - the star of the experience

But since the camera was always moving, Carl worked closely with our lead actress and driver, Natasha, and together they created a smooth interlinked choreography between the camera and the car. Making those two elements feel connected took careful planning.

Watch this short film to take a peek behind the scenes of the shoot.

THE VISUAL EFFECTS

The Post-Production work was also a very detailed and meticulous process – removing all cameras, equipment and shadows, as well as Carl himself from the footage.

Seat Made in Barcelona
Seat Made in Barcelona

Our team worked using a combination of Nuke and After Effects, as well as a series of custom coded plug -ins, to stitch and stabilise the footage we shot, and clean up each frame, at times one-by-one, frame by frame.

PARIS MOTOR SHOW

The Created in Barcelona concept  featured prominently in the space set aside for SEAT in Paris to highlight qualities such as innovation, technology and urban design, all values shared by SEAT and the city of Barcelona.

The Spanish brand introduced a new stand format made up of two distinct spaces. An interactive 4D amphitheatre and a car configurator.

Attendees enjoyed Barcelona through the new SEAT Ateca in virtual reality; a completely immersive experience enhanced by  “Smart Chairs” which move about  according to the content of the video.


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