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WHAT IS CHARIOTDRIVE?
We collaborate with great people, creating great art and entertainment, that challenges the status quo with positive purpose and meaning.
Create. Collaborate. Challenge.
Creativity and culture are what we value most.
That's our M.O.
The Freeman Chronicles
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Escape the Night
Complete post production
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Better Call Saul
Live action production
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made with love
Established in 2015 in the hub of Los Angeles, California, to provide sophisticated post-production services to the entertainment industry.
We have developed a post-process that focuses on the lead creative and allows the production process to keep its intensity and flow in post-production.
What new way?
Live Action Series created by Chariotdrive
ESCAPE THE NIGHT
Series Post-production over 4 seasons
Motion graphics, color and finishing.
Commercial VFX, color and finishing
Commercaial production and post.
APPLE & SONOS
Half-life: the freeman chronicles
Directed by Ian James Duncan
Our internally produced Half-Life series, The Freeman Chronicles, has amassed millions of views and more than 10 million minutes watched.
Directed, production, editorial, sound, VFX and color grading by CHARIOTDRIVE.
More than 10 million minutes watched
More than 3 million views
9.5 out of 10 on Steam
8.9 out of 10 on IMDB
Chariotdrive is the team that can make something very special.
The three-part series is available on YouTube along with several behind the scenes videos and cast and crew commentaries.
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youtube originals & hitrecord
Docueries featuring LOGIC and Joseph Gordon-Levitt
We picked up the reigns from the creative team at Hit Record, offering design, 3D animation, titles, compositing, beautification and color grade. We also colored and finished the show in Davinci Resolve producing DNX HQX masters, Prores 422HQ for YouTube and the DCP for the premiere at SXSW in Austin.
The 3D animations were built in Blender and composited in Blackmagic Fusion.
We used a collaborative process to work through the project. All stakeholders had access to an online project board which was continuously updated throughout the project. Realtime communication was achieved using Telegram.
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linden lab commercial
Creative, direction, production and post by Chariotdrive
Because of our unique process we were able to offer 50-70% more value for the same budget.
ASK: Sansar required a 60 second spot to launch their new product Sansar.
RECEIVED: Game play and live action trailer with motion graphics and visual effects. In addition to that required 60 we were able to give them 3 x 30 second alternate versions.
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Escape the Night
4 Seasons - Complete post-production
Chariotdrive posted 4 seasons of the YouTube Original Escape the Night.
Two weeks of planning and prep
• Two weeks of shooting on location
• Eight weeks editorial – 10 episodes
• Four months VFX and MGFX
• Color and finishing – 300 minutes
• UHD Deliveries in Prores 422HQ
Multicam (ten-camera) editorial was handled in Adobe Premiere, VFX in Maya, Blender, After Effects, Nuke and Fusion. Color and finishing were done in Davinci Resolve.
We spoke recently at VIDCON about our open floor plan post-production workflow. Directors and producers have access to all post team in one creative space and with a combination of the right hardware and software both for post and communication, the output of creativity and the work goes up significantly.
Escape the night case study
Color Grading and Compositing
We composited, colored and onlined this video featuring all the top DJs.
It was critical to the client that the color matched the print side of the campaign exactly and it meant going to great lengths during the composites and grading.
APPLE & SONOS
Music Makes It Home - Post-Production
Or how to get 15,000 Hours of video Edited to 90 seconds in 3 weeks
We had a whirlwind few weeks of post-production for the campaign, “Music Makes It Home.” A truly unique endeavor, the video was a result of a partnership between industry titans Apple and Sonos, this being the first time Apple has produced a joint campaign.
The result is a distillation of data gathered from an in-depth, international case study involving families from all over the world. You can read more about the study here, but here’s the skinny. Participating families were given Nest cams, iPhones, iBeacons, and Sonos speakers; and were monitored for two weeks. The first week, the families were deprived of all music; and the second week, music was encouraged through the use of the provided Sonos speakers.
Families were captured by the Nest cams and some also kept video diaries, and eight chosen families were visited by a professional crew in addition to the other methods of self-capture with the iPhones. The result was over 15,000 hours of footage, and this is where we came into play. Chariotdrive’s role was wrangling the footage captures and getting them edited down into a 2.5-minute video. Under normal circumstances, this would have been fine, but this had to be done in 3 weeks.
The creative behind the project was Weber Shandwick, a PR agency out of Boston, and Imaginaut Entertainment handled production and teamed up with Chariotdrive and set up post-production at WeWork in downtown Los Angeles.
How we did it for Sonos and Apple Music
There were eight editors, each focused on four families. Each day pulling down the previous day’s nest camera footage and making selects.
Each editor laid down ten minutes of footage from the twelve hours recorded the previous day on the nest cams and iPhones. They laid down ten minutes of footage, cut that down into two minutes sections and then turned that into thirty seconds of super selects.
At the end of each day, the lead editor was able to dynamic link to all the sequences in his Adobe Premiere project and grab the parts that worked for the cut.
In addition to the linking of projects, each editor injected a great deal of metadata relating to their edits so that it could be easily searched to pull useful clips and other editors grab clips they needed to create those great moments.
For example, if an editor wanted to create an edit with all the touching moments, he or she could literally type the words “touching moments” and view all the clips that contained such content.
The final result was a fun, immersive, energetic campaign that marked a successful meeting of the minds for all parties involved.
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