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A promotional video for the upcoming Xbox One game has been created with a giant zoetrope, filmed by a McLaren MP4 12C at 200 kilometres per hour.
Everyone knows how animation works: a series of still images displayed in such rapid succession that the eye cannot discern the difference between them, perceiving instead a moving image. In the 19th century, there were no moving cameras; instead, a flip book. This was called the zoetrope., with slits placed in the top half and a progression of images in the bottom half, -- kind of like a spinning
To promote upcoming racing game Forza Motorsport 5 -- one of the 22 November launch titles for the Xbox One -- Microsoft, Turn 10 Studios and McLaren have taken this concept and blown it out of the water. The team created 680 aluminium billboards of the MacLaren P1 that will be appearing in the game. These were placed alongside the track at a raceway in Birmingham, Alabama.
An HD camera was then mounted to a McLaren 12C, and stunt driver and US Top Gear host Tanner Foust got behind the wheel to bring the car to the even 193 kilometres per hour (120 miles per hour) that would perfectly animate the images at 30 frames per second.
It seems like a lot of effort to go to, but the effect -- as you can see in the video below -- is absolutely spectacular.