Die-hard Formula One fans will have been up early yesterday to watch the first event of the new season, the Australian Grand Prix which was broadcast on BBC – after several years of exclusive ITV coverage in the UK. Instead of the usual flurry of chequered flags, stock footage of races gone by, and dodgy photography of pit girls and racing drivers, the BBC’s new title sequence (created by Liquid TV) is a mainly CG affair that looks to have been inspired by high octane video games and movie car chases. And, perhaps most reassuringly of all, the new title sequence and on screen branding is accompanied by the tune the BBC has used for previous Formula One coverage: Fleetwood Mac’s ridiculously catchy tune, The Chain – the bassline of which, no doubt, F1 fans all over Britain are now humming incessantly.
“Specially filmed footage shot on redcam was combined with original CGI created in Maya and rendered using HDRI (high dynamic range imaging) techniques,” Liquid TV tells us. “Over 40 shots were composited with sometimes up to 20 separate layers. The sequence was exhaustively pre-vized before any high resolution work was commenced to ensure maximum drama and narrative flow. Filmic constraints were used, inspired by car chase action movies to evolve a credible race sequence.”
Design: Asra Alikhan, Tim Varlow, Victor Martinez and Michael Sutton Long
Head of animation: Gabriel Edwards