January 30, 2008

Coca-Cola Zero in progress, part II

The work with Coca-Cola Zero Germany continues... We are pretty much done now with all design work and post production, which Dreamfield helps us with. The work has moves on pretty smoothly. The hard work is to keep up the high quality through everything within all deadlines. When it comes to games it is much much more then just doing a campaign site. I wonder how the final work will turns out... if people out there will like to play it or not. The site itself is pretty classic, no specific new techniques or so. The idea was basically to make an interesting gamesite with a motion picture feeling. Some more stuff from behind the scene can you find here.

Anton Eriksson helped us out with the illustrations work as the one above. The idea was to combine his illustration style with our filmed sequences to get a feeling of a classic game/movie cover.

My reference material for the cover...

Mikael Forsgren in our conference room, going through one of the CCZ challenges. The photo is taken by my iPhone.. if you think the quality is crappy ;)

Work in progress. Here are some first screens from the interface. I am still working on different design solutions here but the overall feeling is correct.

Another illustration from Anton. Each game has its own Game Cover Art where the preloading parts are placed. “Jump Of Death" is the first challenge of four.

This is kind of material Anton could receive from me when he did the cover arts.

A first idea sketches of ”Jump Of Death”. The inspiration was taken from a crazy movie we found on Youtube called “Insane Car Jump”.

One of the cars we designed for the game. As we couldn´t use any existed models (it is lot of rights when you working with big names ;) our 3D artists had to develop new ones. Fun ofcourse... takes time? Yes! Do we have time? No...

An early concept sketch of the jump effects for our 3D artist.

The fire was made with a 3D program called Fumefx.

The challange “Jump Of Death” is all about jumping over a river with style, all to impress the ladies ;)

Game Cover Art for the “Freestyler” challenge.

”Freestyler” is the challenge where you are going to impress the girls in the lockeroom with your juggling skills. This screen is without color correction.

"Powerball" is a challenge where you has to kick through a wall with his football. The game itself is pretty much a classic golf game where it is about hitting the ball as good as possible. This scene is filmed in a local garage in Skellefteå and what you see here is some sketches how the game graphic will look like.

Vanessa Lindgren was our local star from Skellefteå.

The final challenge is a gigantic pinball game where you will unlock one of the goodness to get the final key. If you have succeeded so far you will be able to win tickets to this summer EURO2008! The style itself, the Grindhouse style, is taken from Coca Cola Zero´s TV commercial with the same characters.

"Extreme Megaball". The left pictures shows how the programmer works with the game structure. The right picture show the final design which I did in Photoshop combined with elements from our 3D artist. I wanted to make a very branded game field, not as a regular pinball game with lights and color everywhere. We played with explosions and fire instead which I hope will turn out well... Right now it is not finished but soon I hope ;)

The pinball itself was going to contain three mini games, each one related to the games you will see in the earlier challenges. Here is how “Powerball” looks like in this mini version alá "Extreme Megaball".

This sequence shows how one of the scenes are made, from the first storyboard through Post Production.

Showing how one of the end scenes takes form...

Wallpaper work in progress.

We also used Antons illustrations for the Game Tutorials, where you can learn how to play each game. Above you also see the rough first sketches and then the final pieces.

Just some form exploration of game graphic/icons.

Some more picture I took from the filmdays.

Some photos by Thomas Westermark. You can see David Grehn and Ted Kjellson is discussing the filmning and how strange it sometimes can be living up in north; the scene should look like a summer night but suddenly it starts to snow...

Here can you see Mikael Forsgren (North Kingdom) giving instructions to Joseph before his juggling scene, and how happy Clemens Dopjans from CCZ Germany was to be in Skellefteå!!