Celebrating the Ford Mustang’s sales success in Europe, virtual reality (VR) studio Visualise, and Ford’s creative agency, GTB, have produced a recreation of the classic 1976 cult film C’était un rendez-vous (Rendezvous).
To create the 360-degree experience RE Rendezvous and to emulate the originals camera view, Visualise built a custom rig for the camera, mounting it 12 inches from the ground right in front grill. And to ensure the camera and footage were vibration free the company bolted the rig directly to the cars chassis.
The team couldn’t recreate the film exactly however, as some roads no longer existed, and some of the smaller details in the original needed to be improvised. The scene at Sacre Coeur required the production team to temporarily move hundreds of tourists, and filming on live roads including the Arc du Triomphe meant that post production work had to include a large amount of difficult clean-up of other branded cars and the blurring of viewable number plates.
Will McMaster, Head of VR at Visualise and director of the project commented: “The project was enormously challenging, some even said it was impossible. We were tasked with recreating legally a film which was shot illegally and dangerously in 1976, which meant we had to a number of factors to consider. Shooting these kind of driving shots in one of the busiest cities in the world wasn’t an easy task but we are over the moon with the final result.”
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