Science of Universal Orlando Resort™: TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D

Air Date: 03/31/2017
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Air/Publish Date:
03/31/2017
Event Date:
03/31/2017
Resource Type:
Science Explainer
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NBCUniversal Media, LLC.
Copyright Date:
2017
Clip Length:
00:04:37

In TRANSFORMERS: The Ride 3-D, attraction designers and show producers collaborate to create an immersive experience using the media and physical sets. The ride vehicle is engineered to use the six degrees of freedom, giving guests the illusion that they're flying through the Transformers' world, battling robots. "Science of Universal Orlando Resort™" is produced by NBC Learn in partnership with Universal Orlando Youth Programs.

Science of Universal Orlando Resort™ - TRANSFORMERS - The Ride-3D

CHICK RUSSELL (Universal Creative):

I'm Chick Russell. I'm an executive show producer at Universal Creative, part of Universal Orlando Resort. A show producer here, we actually oversee the design of all new theme park rides. It's a really fun job. We basically have all kinds of very talented engineers and creative folks to put one of these attractions together. We need people to do the design and engineering of the ride systems, the computer systems, the lighting control, the video control for all the projections and so it's a really exciting place to be. So right now, we're standing inside of TRANSFORMERS - The Ride-3D. And where you have these ride vehicles going by behind us. What makes this ride vehicle so special is it has a motion base underneath the ride vehicle that gives us six degrees of freedom, both translational and rotational. So it gives you the illusion that you're actually flying through the Transformers world or speeding toward dangerous robots. One of the ways we use science is we have to think about the optics and how your eyes look at giant projected images. So in this particular attraction, the ride vehicle is moving past huge screens and we want the images to look authentic and real. So we have to change the perspective, something we called squinching. So as you ride by, we had them make the film and it actually tracks with the ride vehicle. So the result is it looks absolutely real, like huge giant robots are fighting each other. What makes a ride really successful is when you're able to combine a bunch of new technologies together in ways that have never been done before and the result of that is an experience that you've never ever experienced that you just want to ride it again right away. And I remember the first time I rode it with all these different components running that science had helped pull together for us. It just blew my mind. All my senses couldn’t handle it.

GREGORY HALL (Universal Creative): My name's Gregory Hall and I'm a senior attraction designer at Universal Creative at Universal Orlando Resort. Every day, we work in different programs to make our guests happy, just make awesome attractions, innovative and creative ideas come to life. We collaborate with different departments. There's engineering, there's architectural department and we actually start off with the ideas, the concept sketches. And after we come up with something that we really like, we really start collaborating with the other departments and take it to the next steps to become one the world-class attractions that you see today. With TRANSFORMERS - The Ride-3D, it's a special attraction where there's a blend between media and actual physical sets and engineering. So media played a really huge role, because we wanted to blend both worlds together and make it seem very seamless to our guests. The vehicles are the characters and we really wanted to place our guests into a character so they have a first person experience of what it's like to be a Transformer and be in their universe. We actually got to design our own transformer and one that was really exclusive for this attraction. I designed Evac, which was an amazing experience for me. I actually went to school to work on film and I learned a lot of animation programs. And on the side I was designing vehicles because I always wanted these vehicles, but I was in school. I couldn't afford them. Transformers was actually my first project. It was perfect, because, you know, I got to use all my different skillsets in this dream project. When I rode transformers for the first time, it made me feel amazing. Because, like, I knew it was going to be something huge. Even though I worked on it, I was still a fan and I just wanted more and more people to see it. The level of excitement is just, you know, it's hard to describe because you're just excited for everyone else to experience the same thing that you have.

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