From Storyboard to the Production of Solar Flux

From Storyboard to the Production of Solar Flux

Firebrand Games, a video game developer has released a video trailer produced by Communications Concepts, Inc. (CCI). The video is part of a worldwide announcement that their latest IPAD game, Mission Solar Flux, is now available for most all mobile devices.

In the Solar Flux game, players travel across the Universe saving dying suns from extinction. The game is based on real space science and requires players to use as little fuel as possible by leveraging the gravitational pull of interstellar objects such as planets, moons and asteroids in order to get the best score.

Being a space fan with his office right next door to the Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, game producer, Alex Knight, felt it would be fun to link the game to real space exploration with the promo idea “Even Astronauts play Solar Flux!”.

Alex sent storyboards of Firebrand’s idea to Communications Concepts, Inc. (CCI). Because of CCI’s good working relationship with the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and extensive experience successfully producing space videos, Firebrand contracted with CCI for the production of the video trailer.

Solar Flux Original Storyboards

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CCI Actual Footage from Trailer

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CCI coordinated with the KSC Visitor Center to use a real rocket gantry at the attraction’s famous “Rocket Garden” and to shoot the needed scenes with the well known “Spaceman” on the gantry and at the Orbit Café.

In addition to working out details with the Visitor Center, CCI cast and hired a child actor that was called for in the storyboard with help of casting director Nancy McBride. CCI carefully planned and blocked the production, so the entire spot could be shot in five hours prior to the Visitor Complex opening.

CC’s 1 Ton Light and Grip trailer not only provided the needed HMI lights, black pipe and drape, lots of shinny boards, a Mathews Doorway Dolly and tracks and Chauvet Hurricane 1100 and 1800 fog machines, but also allowed for fast set-up and strike. CCI furnished all the HD production gear as well including a Panasonic HPX 500 Camera with Fujinon HD lens and the five person technical crew for the shoot. The shoot went like clockwork with everything captured on time for the park to open. “It was great working with you and your professional (CCI) team. Everything went to plan.” said Andrea Farmer, Senior Public Relations Manager of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

During post production, CCI made several suggestions to build on the concepts Firebrand provided including adding stock aerial footage, graphics and off-camera narration. “Both our (Firebrand) studios really loved the off-script intro and thought it really tied the first and second half of the trailer reveal together nicely. The VO especially goes a long ways to bring that narrative to life a bit more.” said Alex Knight, game producer. For the final video CCI rotoscoped the “Orbit Café” logo on window since the actual logo was outside the shot.

Alex Knight of Firebrand said “I just wanted to thank you and the team for an outstanding shoot. Quite honestly everything involving CCI went very smooth.”

Watch the Solar Flux Video Here!

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