The BBC World Cup 2014 Title Sequence Shot On a Red Epic With The New 6K Dragon Sensor

In less than a five days, the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil will be in the history books. We’ve seen some awesome football games, a lot more goals than four years ago, and some truly innovative technical stuff.

From super-slow motion replays, to goal-line technology, this has been the most advanced World Cup ever.

Six games were shot in 4K on Sony F55 cameras, we did an article about this here, for an upcoming 4K documentary on the Brazil World Cup, a historic event in terms of 4K acquisition for sure.

Even though 4K broadcasting is years away from actually happening, 4K TV sales and 4K cameras have been selling well. Here in the UK, ITV and BBC have been broadcasting the games of the World Cup in HD (720p) and doing a good job at it. But, the BBC have actually done something quite different with their opening pre-game title sequence.

red dragon

The BBC World Cup Promo Sequence was shot on a 6K Red Epic Carbon with the Dragon Sensor and filmed on location in the Tavares Bastos favela, Santa Teresa and The Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Shot with a Freefly Movi and Canon lenses and composited and graded in Adobe After Effects all at 6K. See the 4K YouTube version below, make sure you select 2160p from the settings to view in 4K.


Director of Photography – Giles Harvey
Exec Producer – Chris Grubb
Producer – Mark Woodward
Visual Effects – GeeFX Studios
Focus Puller – Alex Kryszkiewicz

Here’s a behind-the-scenes video as well:

The sequence looks incredible, and I wish I had a 4K monitor to view it on. It’s such a shame, that you can’t see it broadcast in 4K anytime soon. Broadcasters need to catch up really quick on upgrading their pipeline to facilitate the extra bandwidth required for 4K streaming (which shouldn’t be as expensive as they think, given the efficient 4K compression available today) and bring on 4K television broadcasts available hopefully by the time the next World Cup comes around in four years time, if not sooner.

[Link – Cinescopophilia]

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