“My job is to basically be the architect of the film” Dennis Gassner, Prodution Designer, Skyfall
Whilst developing the designs for digital sets for the F1 Show on Sky Sports Formula 1 Channel it was always a given that we would be showing F1 cars, but there was some discussion as to which cars we would include. It was always imperative that we featured that seasons cars within the scene, though for the models we had to rely on the team from ARL who were preparing meshes for the VR system. As the teams only launched their new car designs a few weeks before the start of the season, only a handful of the 2012 cars were modelled and available to us prior to launch – this explains the presence of 2010 cars in the original version used for early transmissions.
In addition to the 2012 season cars, we also decided to include a scattering of classic F1 cars within the scene which probably go unnoticed by most viewers. This is not surprising when you consider that the actual footage within the screens is only 360 pixels high. Jim Clarks 1964 Lotus 25 is probably the easiest to spot as it appears in most of the studio left, guest shots. Sennas MP4/6 will probably go completely undetected. We had a couple more models to add, namely Stirling Moss’ 1959 Cooper T51 and Villeneuves 1979 Ferrari 312 T4, but ran out of space. Be nice to slip those in if Sky Sports ask for a re-render next season.
The new Sky Sports Formula 1 HD launches today and as well as having probably the longest channel name in television, it lauches with the Formula 1 show featuring my latest digital set. The show starts at 8pm, I’ll follow up with grabs after the weekend and then add further details of the designs development and pointers to some of the hidden details that might go undetected.
Here’s an earlier version that was used in one of the tests – this is version C3, we are launching with E8 and of course, thats a plywood mock up of the set, the real one is much slicker!
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