According to Google, a zoetrope is “A 19th-century optical toy consisting of a cylinder with a series of pictures on the inner surface that, when viewed through slits with the cylinder rotating, give an impression of continuous motion”.
The guys behind this short film for Forza 5 and the Xbox One have taken that relatively simple concept and ramped it up to insane levels. They have obtained a McLaren 12C, the fastest production road car in the world, strapped an advanced camera to its roof and set up 680 frames taken from the upcoming Xbox One’s Forza 5 driving game next to a race track, and got professional racing driver Tanner Faust to drive past them at very specific speeds to recreate the zoetrope effect.
What they achieved is nothing short of incredible. Watch the video below and be blown away by the cleverness of the concept and marvel at the very clear passion everyone involved has for movie-making, skillful driving and complex mathematics. Oh, and also Forza 5.
If you want more details on the production of the short, head over to the Filmspeed section on the official Forza Motorsport site.