Sky Sports kicked off coverage of the new Barclays Premier League season this Saturday (August 15th) with a stunning new stylised animated intro sequence featuring some of the game’s biggest stars.
Designed and directed by Sky Sports Creative Justin Bates, the
sequence cleverly blends animated game footage of Arsenal's Theo
Walcott, Chelsea's Frank Lampard, Liverpool's Steven Gerrard
through seasonal weather and lighting changes, and culminates with
Wayne Rooney kicking one of his trademark piles into the back of
Our CG team worked very closely with the Sky Director Justin
Bates, to help bring the sequence to life. One of the most
challenging aspects of the spot was the modelling and texturing of
the individual players themselves. Tom Bussell, VFX Supervisor and
Lead animator says, "Ideally when you're creating famous people
it's best if you can laser scan them, however that isn't often
possible, so on this occasion our team of character modellers
painstakingly built them from photographic reference, and in all
honesty this went right to the wire as many of the players have
matured or changed their hair from when the photos were taken."
The final composite was then digitally graded in Baselight by
Mick Vincent to add the finishing touches to the final film.