Pentatonix VR Experience



MPC VR brings Pentatonix to life as LEGO® Minifigures for Sony Music's 'Up On The Housetop' VR Experience

The superstar members of a capella group Pentatonix are transformed into LEGO® minifigures for this one-of-a-kind Christmas journey. The VR experience is set to their original performance of a holiday classic. Join Pentatonix as they dance and sing to ‘Up On The Housetop.’

Sony Music partnered with Oscar-winning VFX and VR studio MPC to create this exciting musical piece from the ground up. Using their deep experience in character animation and VR production, MPC’s team crafted the sequence from start to finish including all creative direction, design, animation and game engine production, delivering cross-platform for broadcast, 360 video and VR simultaneously.

On December 14th, Pentatonix premiered their collaboration with LEGO Systems for 'Up On The Housetop' during A Pentatonix Christmas Special on NBC. The next day, the experience became available in virtual reality and in 360 on PTX’s YouTube Channel as well. Fans that use the PlayStation VR via the Littlstar app, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard can watch the video for the ultimate immersive experience. Watch the 360 video online or experience the full virtual reality journey.

MPC’s Head of VR & Immersive Content, Tim Dillon, said “This project is part of a growing creative relationship with Sony Music. We were excited to work with RCA and an established brand such as LEGO Systems to bring this to life in a mix of different mediums.” The experience is now available to view on Playstation VR, Oculus, Samsung Gear, Google Cardboard, Youtube 360 and Facebook 360.

Credits

Artist

Pentatonix

Record Label

Sony Music Entertainment

Head of Emerging Technology

Brad Spahr

Production Company

MPC VR

Head of VR & Immersive

Tim Dillon

Creative Directors

Eric Anderson, Casey McIntyre

VFX Supervisor - VR

Jason Schugardt

Producers - VR

Carly Wilson, Deepanjali Singh

Coordinator - VR

Stephanie Espinetti

VR Developer

AJ Campbell

VR Developer

Jeremy Hart

VR Developer

Matthew Maude

3D Supervisor

Nishanth Shrinivasa

Model

Ryan Taylor, Dana DiGioia

Texture

Rodrigo Carrasco

Matte Paint

Joyett Fernandes

Design

Emily Gerich, Kris Fortin

VR/VFX

Jim Spratling, Sandra Ross

Intern – VR

Nathan Meyer

Sound Design

Scott Gershin, Technicolor Sound Lab

Rig

Lyndsey Horton, Shobhit Khinvasara, Debalina Dasgupta

Animation

Jacob Patrick, Meghan Sesnie, Ankan Sanyal, D. Venkatesan, Debasish Raha, Shiny Rajan

3D Artists

Abhinandan Madhu, Jyoti Prakash Panda, Sourodeep Dey, Akshay Sunil Wadwalkar, Ajai V John, Sumesh Chammancheri, Vaibhav Gupta, Matt Burns