Audiomotion in Collaboration with Digital Domain Used Vicon Vantage V16 Cameras and an Early Version of Shōgun Software; Nearly 60 Percent of the Film Featured Performance Capture
Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” features two separate worlds; both featuring very different realities and each requiring a different approach to filming. One depicts a fractured, dystopian future, while the other is filled with infinite possibilities. Behind the scenes, the production was no less ambitious, requiring stages that could adapt and reform on the fly while maintaining high fidelity and precision performance capture for multiple characters. To help create this, Audiomotion, in collaboration with Digital Domain, relied on Vicon’s optical systems.
Adapted from Ernest Cline’s book of the same name, “Ready Player One” takes place in the year 2045, when overpopulation has led to dwindling resources and harsh living conditions. As things in the real world grow increasingly harsher, the people turn to the Oasis, a virtual universe where anything is possible. To create this unique film with two very different settings, Spielberg and company headed to Warner Bros.’s famed Leavesden studio complex in Hertfordshire, England. While the complex has seen many productions, it has never seen one with this scope. In fact, very few studios around the world have seen as demanding of a production.