Engine Room recently completed production of the second season of innovative 3D and Live Action race graphics with Gary Hartley and his Fox Sports Graphics team for this season’s NASCAR on FOX. Each week this Spring ER produced a series of custom animation CG sequences utilizing photo-real race footage in support of a weekly pre-race tease that recaps the thrills, spills and upsets from the previous week’s NASCAR race. These teases were script-to-air on a five-day schedule and included a full package of driver bumps and additional supporting graphics for the FOX On-Air team to utilize during their weekly broadcasts.
Creative talent was the key in both designing and executing this high profile project, and for that ER leaned on its own Dave Piedra to spearhead the creative effort. Joined this year by CG artist Zeth Dubois, Engine Room utilized Mach Studio animation software for the first time. The 3D software package was a very good match due to the level of CG finishing required on a very tight schedule. At the season’s start ER creative director, Dan Schmit once again joined Hartley traveling to the legendary Daytona Raceway to shoot the competing NASCAR drivers for integration into the package. With these key assets in place, the ER home team, headed by EP Michael Caplan, began production and within a week the first tease was complete and airing ahead of the Daytona 500 broadcast. The season continued from there on a weekly basis for the run of the FOX Sports 14 week NASCAR broadcasting season.