We produced the Pepper’s Ghost pre-show and all virtual reality content for this immersive attraction at Thorpe Park. We worked for over 2 years developing the script with Derren Brown and Merlin Magic Making, performing R&D work in the film studio, creating photo-realistic 3D characters and scenes, animating, developing software and best of all testing out our scares on our unsuspecting team in the office! We used a blend of multi-camera filming, photogrammetry, motion capture and CG environments to create a virtual world with realistic characters.

The project required us to push the boundaries of virtual reality technology and thoroughly explore how stories are represented in a VR environment. We also worked with the project delivery team to design the VR hardware system and created all the base software that gives the park operational control over this ambitious ride – the world’s largest permanent installation of HTC Vive headsets, all fully integrated into full-size, moving trains. Our bespoke software integrates with the ride control system and gives the operations team monitoring information for every single one of the 173 computers and VR headsets.

Merlin Entertainments
Thorpe Park, UK
Visitor Attractions