The Beatles Rock Band game, launched on September 9, 2009, (Nine Nine Nine) includes full cinematic intro and outro videos, full of animated candy by Pete Candeland, Rob Valley and Ree Treweek at Passion Pictures. Each of the eight chapters is introduced by short animated films prepared by graphic design studio MK12.
Players become part of the band as John, Paul, George and Ringo grow from sweaty gigs at the Cavern Club, to history-making shows at Shea Stadium, to the final concert on the Apple rooftop. Along the way you’ll join the band behind closed doors at Abbey Road, and in dreamscapes that bring the psychedelic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band-era imagery to life. Tracklist covers the full scope of The Beatles’ career, from “I Want to Hold Your Hand” to “Here Comes the Sun,” and much more from the original masters.
The spot begins with Hard Day’s Night, performed in the Cavern Club, Liverpool.
And in the end, the love you get is equal to the love you give. “In The End”, from the Abbey Road album, was the last song recorded collectively by all four of The Beatles.
Animation was by writer/director Pete Candeland at Passion Pictures with producer Debbie Crosscup, co-development producer Anna Lord and executive producer Hugo Sands.
2D Animation Director / Layout, 2D Character Design/Development: Rob Valley
CG Character Design/Development: Ree Treweek, Shy the Sun
CG Animation Supervisor: Wes Coman
Head of CG: Jason Nicolas
VFX Supervisor: Neil Riley
Technical Direcor: Julian Hodgson
Editor: Dan Greenway, Jamie Foord, Lee Gingold
Storyboarding: Brendan Houghton, Rob Valley
Matte Painting / Backgrounds: Alberto Mielgo, Daniel Cacouault, Lukasz Pazera, Jim Bowers, Alan Aldridge
Key Animators: Rob Valley, Jerry Forder, Pete Dodd, Daryl Graham
Assistant Supervisor: Dave Burns Character Assistants: Alan Henry, Brent Odell, Jay Wren, Mitch Wilmot, Constantinos Demosthenous
FX Animation: Simon Swales, Jane Wright, Chris KnottToonz: Tim King, Megs Dore
2D Coordinator: Crystal CromptonAnmation test check: Tony Clarke
CG Modelling: Ian Brown, Adam Dewhirst, Cesar Nunes, Mario Ucci
Rigging: Chris Dawson, Francois Pons, Julian HodgsonAnimation CG: Chris Welsby, Vincent Aupetit, Dony Mahmood
Animation FX: Jamie Franks
Texture, Lighting, Rendering: Tommy Andersson, Quentin Vien, Guillaume Cassuto, Claire Michaud, Antoine MoulineauLead Compositing: Johnny Still, Niamh LinesCompositing: Stephane Coedel, Ed Salkeld, Lee Gingold, Luke Carpenter
Dailies Editor: Daniel Florencio
Directors Assistant: Giles Dill
Technique and Software: Traditional 2D for the Beatles/Crowd; XSI for CG, AFX/Nuke for Comp