PS Vita / Teen UK

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The latest work from 180Amsterdam highlights that portable gaming has changed forever. Produced by Stephanie Oakley, the campaign demonstrates the new PS Vita handheld games console.  Written and art directed by Will Lowe and Victor Monclus and Directed by Arno Salter (Stink).

Flame Artist Steve Murgatroyd says, ‘Stink achieved a huge amount over the three days and there was a lot of great footage.’ The whole project was filmed on two Phantom cameras and was shot at 1000 frames per second, which meant there was a lot to process.

In addition to the time constraints, Steve mentions that the main challenge was that ‘the action was shot separately due to stunt and wire work, so you have lots of layers which you need to put together seamlessly’. He adds, ‘the PS screens have to look like genuine screens but need to be clear enough to translate to an audience.’

Colourist Paul Harrison adds that ‘it was a tricky grade because of the amount of layers involved, especially the rooftop scene there were seven layers of action. Also because it was all shot on the Phantom it’s quite tricky because of the amount of light that it needs.’ He goes on to explain that ‘a Phantom shoot requires careful lighting and grading.  The subway sequence was difficult to light, due to the restrictions associated with the location, so we graded those sections to match the rest of the backgrounds’.

Having the grade and post done under one roof was particularly helpful during this project and Paul notes that ‘the flow between the departments has been constant throughout the whole process, supplying passes to the flame operators throughout.  

This is a project where being in the same building has really helped. The communication in a smaller company like this is naturally better. There’s a closer connection making the process more efficient.’

Stink Director Arno comments that he ‘loved working with the team on PS Vita. The level of attention they gave is something I've never experienced at any of the big powerhouse post houses, and in Paul Harrison they have one of the best colorists around...’

  • Director Arno Salters
  • Agency/Client 180 Amsterdam
  • Production Company Stink
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  • Agency Producer Stephanie Oakley
  • Creative Directors Graeme Hall
    Martin Terhart
  • Creatives Will Lowe
    Victor Monclus
  • Producer Anna Smith
  • Post Producer Fi Kilroe
  • VFX Supervisor Steve Murgatroyd
  • Colourist Paul Harrison
  • Lead Flame Steve Murgatroyd
    Judy Roberts
  • Flame Paul Wilmot
    Angus Wilson
  • Nuke Catarina Ferreira
    Hannes Doornaert
  • DOP Tom Townend
  • Editor Dominic Leung @ Trim
  • Audio Wave Amsterdam