Reel FX Lets Viewers Get Up Close and Personal with the Aliens in Arrival in New 360 Video Experience
Reel FX drops viewers into hazmat suits and into a mysterious spacecraft to get up close and personal with the aliens in a new, fully CG, 360° experience with Paramount Pictures and Viacom NEXT for 8-time Oscar-nominated film Arrival. The immersive experience is launched in conjunction with this week’s Blu-ray release of the film and allows viewers to enter the world of the sci-fi drama, which stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker.
As enthusiastic fans of the film, Reel FX, led by Creative Director Colin McGreal, paid great attention and care to recreating the tone and setting of the film’s centerpiece – the alien ship. The Reel FX team leveraged development models and images from Production Designer Patrice Vermette and Set Decorator Paul Hotte, both nominated for an Oscar for their work on the film, to maintain the elegance of the film and the integrity of the mythical linguistics at the core of the plot. Paramount provided the team with a full library of the ink symbols used as a means of communication in the film. Reel FX used them to composite several moments from the film together to provide a dynamic tapestry of the world of the film in an immersive narrative piece.
“Our challenge was to seamlessly weave disparate visual and audio moments of the film into a single experiential journey. Our priority, as major fans, was to recreate and preserve the elegant design and tone that made the film unique.”
In additional to a nomination for Production Design, Arrival is also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. The winners will be announced at the 89th Academy Awards on February 26th.
Creative Director – Colin McGreal
Producer – Samantha Daniel
CG Supervisor – Patton Tunstall
Production Manager – Justin Skerpan
Executive Producer – Pete Herzog