The Human Race - Car Configurator
The Mill joined forces with Epic Games and Chevrolet to create the first ever interactive short film to blend live action film with real-time VFX: The Human Race.
In order to achieve this world first, we used custom proprietary tools developed by The Mill to create a film that renders VFX in real-time at 42 milliseconds per frame.
We paired The Mill Blackbird, Mill Cyclops and Mill Stitch with the Unreal Game Engine, which allowed us to bypass the hours it normally takes to render traditional VFX Shots and to make the cars in the film completely configurable.
The only physical vehicle filmed on set was The Mill Blackbird, a fully adjustable car rig which captures environmental and motion-data in order to produce entirely realistic CG cars.
If this were a traditional VFX film, this 1 ½ minute video, with 337 different permutations of cars, colors and styles, would have taken years to render on one of our massive render farms. Using real-time technology, any of these 337 permutations can be generated instantly.
To maximize the use of real-time capabilities enabled by these technologies, a bespoke car configurator was created, which will be rolled out across Chevrolet dealerships.