Cut Media commissioned REWIND to design and build an interactive experience that would allow audiences to literally put themselves in the saddle and experience a point of view that has previously only been experienced by one person: Danny MacAskill.
Danny MacAskill’s VR Ride Out puts the user on Danny’s bike for the first time and tests their mettle against a vertigo-inducing white-knuckle trip that challenges their balance and composure with heights.
After mounting a one-of-a-kind bike rig, users don a virtual reality (VR) headset and tear through two different experiences based on the exploits of the cycling icon. The VR journeys offer a breathtaking ride along the vertiginous Collies Ledge in the Isle of Skye, Scotland, and a hair-raising balancing act along the Landwasser Bridge in Switzerland. Everyone who tries the VR experience receives a branded playthrough video of their rides to share on social platforms.
The virtual adventure was created using a combination of headcam and drone footage from the YouTube star’s viral film ‘The Ridge’, which was scanned as photogrammetry to create initial geometry. The Santa Cruz bike was tightly integrated with the motion platform in Unreal Engine to create an exhilarating experience. Through the marriage of VR, haptic feedback, and motion rig technology, a first for the industry has been created.
The immersive trips are part of a multichannel marketing initiative by Cut Media to celebrate the launch of Santa Cruz Bicycles in the Ride Out bike store in Amsterdam.
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