The New Lexus IS Hybrid Stars in the First Real-Time and Real-World Video Game
September 27, 2013

The New Lexus IS Hybrid Stars in the First Real-Time and Real-World Video Game

“Trace Your Road” is a unique, experiential performance featuring an F1 driver and the new Lexus IS Hybrid, all captured by BTS film for a campaign spot created for Lexus Italy.

To promote the new, high-performance Lexus IS Hybrid, Lexus Italy, Saatchi & Saatchi Italy, Movie Magic International (Milan), LOGAN (LA & NY) and Fake Love collaborated to create "Trace Your Road," an experiential event featuring Formula 1 driver Jarno Trulli.

Held this past summer, "Trace Your Road" pits Trulli against a series of improvised racetracks, each one designed on a touch tablet in real time by one of 10 lucky contest winners. Fake Love conceptualized and produced the generative visuals, projections and interactivity for the campaign. LOGAN directed the live-action portion and handled postproduction VFX and finishing. Movie Magic International provided on-site pre-production and production for the spots and produced a behind-the-scenes documentary.

The live event took place under high security inside the immense aircraft hangar near Rome, and features the new IS Hybrid, a multitude of cameras, and vast real-time projections all brought together creatively by LOGAN live-action director Alan Bibby.

The 10 finalists - selected from hundreds of applicants on Lexus' Facebook page - were given the opportunity to sit in the passenger seat of the IS Hybrid with Trulli at the wheel. The course was then traced by contestants on a touch tablet that projected their designs onto the floor of the hangar using a collection of 12K-to-20K and 22K projectors. The Lexus IS Hybrid was tracked using a custom high-res infrared (IR) camera system.

Trulli's expert driving skills were put to the test as he attempted to follow the spontaneous, real-time paths. Penalties were assessed for leaving the projected routes and for touching the walls of the hangar. The results included spectacular hairpin turns, stunning footage and, luckily, no accidents.

"The new Lexus IS Hybrid is a real turning point in terms of design and performance," says Andrea Carlucci, Toyota Marketing and Lexus Director in Italy. "It is unmatched in both areas, and it's a hybrid, which distinctly differentiates the brand from all competitors. The 'Trace Your Road' campaign and experiential event are spectacular examples of how unique this car is."

The collected footage was assembled into "Trace Your Road," a broadcast commercial campaign created by Saatchi & Saatchi Italy and featuring 15-, 30-, 60- and 80-second commercial spots, along with a behind-the-scenes documentary produced by Movie Magic and directed by Logan's Alan Bibby with app design/generative visuals by Fake Love.

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