Call of Duty: Black Ops

Behind the scenes of the “Worlds Darkest Room”.

Client: HK Strategies / Activision
Services: End to end production

The Brief

We partnered with H+K Strategies to answer a challenging brief set by Activision, “How do you film in the World’s Darkest Room?”.

For the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Activision wanted to create the ultimate gaming experience and set up the “Worlds Darkest Room” by partnering with the creators of Vantablack, a substance that absorbs 99.965% of light.

That’s pretty dark.

Not only did they need a behind the scenes video, they had also invited 27 leading creators and journalists to play the game for the first time.  We had to capture each guests time in the “Worlds Darkest Room” without compromising their experience and deliver footage to each creator within 15 minutes of them leaving the room.

Challenge accepted.

In the days leading up to the launch of the ‘Black Ops House’ event, we captured the  construction of the house as it was coated in Vantablack VBx2 as well as interview footage from Surry Nanosystems, the team behind the substance.  With additional interview footage from LA we were able to turn around the BTS edit in 2 days.

During the event we had four cameras up and running – two PTZ cameras in the house itself and two outside.  One on a large zoom lens to capture the 40m walkway and the other on an easyrig which we let loose in the house during each session to get additional pick up shots that the PTZ cameras couldn’t get.  Our DIT was standing by to transfer everything across from all cameras and a lapel mic within our 15 minutes window.

Mission accomplished.

To see how the creators used the footage we captured check out IGNs post from the day here.