In Filmspeed, the latest ad spot for Forza Motorsport 5, what at first seems like a video aided by computer-generated graphics suddenly becomes much cooler when you realize that it was shot with a high-speed video camera on a racetrack - with no help from computer generation - making it the "world's fastest zoetrope," as Rutledge Wood of Top Gear USA fame puts it. A McLaren MP4-12C acts as the camera car with Tanner Foust (also of Top Gear USA fame) at the wheel, and the camera's subject is a series of 680 aluminum boards with Forza 5 game footage (of the McLaren P1, no less) printed on them and lined around a racetrack. Is it just us, or is it getting difficult to tell the difference between computer generation and reality?

The first order of business was to mount a remote-controlled video camera to the McLaren's engine block, complete with a gyro stabilizer. Automotive photo and film guru Jeff Zwart, the video's director, controls camera functions from inside the car while viewing it all on a small screen. We won't spoil the video(s) for you, which you can watch below, but keep in mind that complicated math and perfect execution – including determining the video camera's shutter speed, the MP4-12C's speed and the size of the aluminum boards – was required to produce the video as it was envisioned. Enjoy!






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      TrippulG3
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very clever...this takes the old "wagon wheel effect" to a whole new level. Well done to all involved.
      Torobucks
      • 1 Year Ago
      This commercial wasted massive wood, paper to present a easy effect could be done by Computer CG!What a waste! What a fool!
        Arturo Rios Jr.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Torobucks
        I can make a painting in Photoshop in 1 minute and printed in canvas or I can spend weeks working on a canvas to create a masterpiece that takes weeks, months, even years. If you don't appreciate this, you are looking at it the wrong way.
        AP1_S2K
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Torobucks
        agreed
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      Stunning. still..I would never buy an Xbox One.
      Typesbad
      • 1 Year Ago
      That was a truly astounding if somewhat pointless stunt. Well not completely pointless I guess since I now want Forza 5 even though I've long since given up on driving games, because I suck at them.
      Bassracerx
      • 1 Year Ago
      forza is the only game series worth buying a console over only reason i have a console i run pc games for all other things. but when it comes down to chosing one console over the other if forza did not exsist i would just reply "it doesent matter flip a coin.:
        Sorten Borten
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bassracerx
        I have to disagree. I bought the PS2 for Gran Turismo and Fight Night. GT is better than Forza.
          Sorten Borten
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sorten Borten
          @ Hal : If you lift off of the throttle mid turn in a FWD car it shouldn't spin. It will push and you may end up against a wall, but that's one of the reasons that FWD cars are considered safer for inexperienced drivers.
          Smilingoat
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sorten Borten
          GT WAS better than forza. I could play GT3 for 48 hours straight while I was a Kid., But forza 1 was instantly on par, in fact already slightly better. Then Forza 2 got better, than 3. After that we got GT5 which was still, after so many years, half baked. Only 20% of all cars were PS3 based modled cars, the other 700 or so were based off of games from the PS2 GT4. Plus it had one of the worst menu systems of this generation. Beyond that? physics engine was even less real than Forza. Then Forza 4 came out and was clearly better than GT5 again. So now we get Forza vs. GT6, obviously Turn 10 was working on making the best game possible while Polyphoney wen't after the bigger market.
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sorten Borten
          the driving physics in GT6 are far superior, as much as I can say.
          Steve
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sorten Borten
          @Smilinggoat: I disagree about physics in Forza, GT5's physics is much superior than Forza.
          Brian
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sorten Borten
          The physics (and the game overall) in Forza are substantially better than the GT series.
          Hal Jordan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sorten Borten
          I forgot to point out that on FWD when the back gets light and the front gets heavy after lifting, it is exacerbated by the immense weight at the front of the car. All cars will behave this way. It's just worse on FWD. What's funny is that RWD car with rear engine is similar, but even greater oversteer. The tail whips around easily. I've never driven one in real life, but wow, in the game that rear end is tricky to corral. I'd like to have the opportunity to experience this in say .... a Porsche 911. :)
          A_Guy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sorten Borten
          Welcome to 2013, time traveler. You missed the PS3.
          Hal Jordan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sorten Borten
          Sorten: I haven't properly driven a FWD in a long time, but I thought I remembered it behaving that way. Of course, it might have been car dependent. Not to go into too much explanation, but if you're throttle pinned into a fast corner, and then lift, the back will get light, and the front will plant its tires firmly on the tarmac, gaining more traction. As a consequence, the back end will get loose - and since you're mid - turn, it might spin, depending on a lot of things, including how sharp the turn is.
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      That was awesome. People use the word "awesome" far too much, but that WAS awesome!
      Goahead
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, that was a super amazing video clip!
      Brandon Hauer
      • 1 Year Ago
      does tanner realize his shirt is inside out
        karmakid
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brandon Hauer
        he was probably wearing an illest shirt and they made him turn it inside out
      SubieFan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Really cool, but wish that they showed more of the footage from the boards, all that time money effort spent on it, and only maybe 10 seconds max of the footage?
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
      Jordan Bellamy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does this mean that Barber motor sports park will be in forza 5?
      A_Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wasn't a huge fan of Forza initially but when 3 came out, I became addicted. It made huge strides across the board. Forza 4 was like a super polished version of 3 with more features. I'm definitely on board for Forza 5.
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