“Forza Motorsport 5” has partnered with McLaren Automotive and legendary racing and stunt driver Tanner Foust to create one of the world’s fastest camera cars, which was used to produce “Forza FilmSpeed,” the blisteringly fast, 120 mph zoetrope-based short film featuring scenes from this year’s biggest racing game, “Forza Motorsport 5.
In “Forza FilmSpeed,” fans enter the track with Foust as he grips the wheel of one of the world’s fastest production supercars, the McLaren 12C. The carbon fibre structure of this $300,000 supercar has been outfitted with an additional several hundred kilos of equipment to fit a Hollywood-strength, purpose built HD camera rig, with the goal of capturing the world’s fastest zoetrope. Acclaimed automotive director and rally champion Jeff Zwart directed the project, which was developed after months of careful research and preparation.
Invented in 1834 by William Horner, the zoetrope is a simple device that turns static pictures into moving images. Small illustrations are placed equal distances apart inside the bottom of an open drum and when spun, the static illustrations give off the illusion of motion; the faster they go, the more fluid the animation. Filmmakers today have far more advanced technologies at their disposal, but the basic concept of the zoetrope rings true. The more illustrations you use and the faster you flip between them, the smoother the animation.
Hundreds of aluminium boards, each featuring a single frame taken directly from “Forza Motorsport 5,” were spaced precisely six inches apart and placed along a race track in Birmingham, Alabama. The Foust-driven McLaren 12C hit meticulously controlled speeds of up to 120 mph to capture images and create a technical marvel, capturing the essence of precision and heart-pounding action found in “Forza Motorsport 5.”
“Forza Motorsport 5” is a cinematic automotive journey starring the world’s greatest cars and tracks. Built from the ground up to take advantage of Xbox One and the vast power of the cloud, no game better delivers the wide-eyed thrill of racing. The game is available now for pre-order from participating retailers and will launch on November 22, 2013, exclusively with the debut of Xbox One. Day One editions of the game will come with three exclusive cars and liveries.