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Riot Games and The Mill Tease Epic New Chapter of Gaming World VALORANT

Four minute trailer takes fans on a action packed ride through VALORANT's year one anthem

Riot Games and The Mill Tease Epic New Chapter of Gaming World VALORANT

Riot Games has teamed up with global production studio The Mill to produce a four-minute trailer, transporting fans to the action-packed world of VALORANT, illuminating the next chapter of the gaming journey. 

With creative audaciousness at the heart of their philosophy, Riot wanted to dedicate the chapter as a gift to the player universe, through episodic shots telling the story of each character, capturing past and future anecdotes in an epic global film released across their digital channels. 

Riot teamed up with The Mill’s director Carl Addy to create the piece, which enlisted a global team of artists across multiple disciplines. Carl stated: “The film utilises all the modern technology of The Mill and its global community, with influencers shot across the world, live action being filmed in Bulgaria, written and directed in London, to being produced in LA

Among VALORANT’S loyal fan base and avid gamer was American music producer DJ Zedd, who was one of the many influencers filmed playing the game across the globe. DJ Zedd also remixed a song for a section of the trailer featuring shadow figure Omen.

The Mill’s head of 2D Pete Hodsman adds: “From the moment I saw Carl’s treatment I was hooked. We embarked on designing an intoxicating and overflowing film, with ‘eyeball breaking’ results. Collaborating directly with the visionaries at Riot was a joy, they allowed us space to express, but kept us in check to make sure that the VALORANT IP was pitch perfect and Easter egg laden. Seeing them light up with excitement as the work in progress developed really spurred us on. The credit list speaks for itself, the project spanned most disciplines and creative departments across 5 of our Mill studios. From top level traditional VFX production creating otherworldly full CG cities, rocket FX simulation and CG character integration. Through to freeform and high concept paintovers and VALORANT glitch graphics. There were an intimidating number of scenes and transitions to develop, and lots of fun and colourful creative problem solves, these projects don’t come around all that often. And we relished the opportunity”

Featured Companies: Trim Editing , Factory Studios

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PRODUCTION

Director: Carl Addy

Cinematographer: Menno Mans

Directors Assistant: Alfie Johnson

Script Writer: Bobby Lewis

Script Consultant: Josh Moore

Executive Producers: Elizabeth Newman + Dougal Meese

Live Action Producer: Elliot Tagg, Danika Casas, Theresa Marth

Live Action Production Manager: Stephanie Werrell-Smyth

Live Action Production Assistant: Nadine Leswi

VFX Supervisor: Peter Hodsman

POST

Executive Producers: Elizabeth Newman + Dougal Meese

Senior Producer: Erin Hicke

Producer: Kate Ryan, Agrata Hitendra Idnani

Production Coordinator: Aubrey Bang-Guerin

2D Lead: Peter Hodsman

2D Team: Adam Arnot, Alfie Vaughan, Dan Adams, Georgina Ford, Jay Bandlish, Stefan Susemihl, Mahesh Mane, Navin Kumar Nukala, Badrinath Chinimilli, Nithin Babu, Tarun Kemtur, Venkatesh Srinivasan, Arunraj T Asaithambi, Pushpendra Singh Bhadauriya, Sathya Sagar Kolli, Abhrajit Ganguly, Avinash Sapale, Dibin Dharmendran, Dipika Salunke, Dumpala Surender, Krishnakant Yadav, Manavi Saikrishna, Narendra Kumar, Nilesh Kale, Noti Malakondareddy, Pratheesh Ancheriyil, Ravi Naik, Romishbhai Sindhi, Saloni Mehta, Saurabh Patankar, Selvakumar Somasundaram, Shrikant Jadhav, Vignesh Rajendran, Washim Hasan, Pranay Ambolkar, Rakesh Gharti, Vijesh Sharma, Anilkumar Chauhan, Harish Kumar, Jyoti Nikam, Prasad Thorve, Gareth Parr

Online: Philip Ineno, Holly McLean

CG Lead: Alan Williamson

CG Team: Andreas Graichen, Gabrielius Burokas, Hannah Bahyan, Joao Pires, Joshua Curtis, Paul Tempelman, Roman Vrbovsky, Tatjana Ljubimtseva, Tony Atherton, Vicky McIntyre, Rachel Ward, Risto Puukko, Adem Suleyman, Arunkumar Akavaram, Vikas Shinde, Aatish Ranjan1, Arpit Gangrade, Indrajeet Kumar, Manoj Ravi, Sathyaraj A, Showber Shadik, Upasana Choudhary, Verru Ramesh, Vinayak V, Subhankar Mazumdar, Agnimitra Sarkar, Vudatha Sai Krishna, Amal Arjun J P, Aritra Kumar Sarkar, Bhavesh Budhkar, Gauri Razdan, Girish GR, Krantikumar Rawat, Naveen Srinivasan, Sri Lahari Valmikam, Arnab BhaCacharya, Pradeep KaCa, Sudhir Verma, Vijay Mohan, K Yashwanth Deepak, Balamurugan-l, Bhushan Ghurade, Dongili Varaprasad, Nirgun Gawade, Santosh Ambre, Vivek Shedge, Daniel Stern

Design Lead: Will MacNeil

Design Team: Jessica Gaynor, Filiberto Chiarinelli, Ewan Davidson, Raquel Fernandes, Sam Singleton, Henry de Leon, Maxim Goudin

Colourist: Oisin O'Driscoll

Colour Assist: Cassie Benedict, Jonathan Brandenburg, Billy Dawson, Cristina Giribets, Megan Lee, Rory Leighton

Colour Producer: Cameron Aper

EDIT

Edit House: Trim

Editor: Paul Hardcastle

Assistant Editor: Joseph Henshaw

Producer: Polly Kemp

AUDIO

Audio House: Factory, UK

Senior Sound Designer: Phil Bolland

Head of Production: Lou Allen

SIREN Executive Producer: Sian Rogers

Category: Gaming , Sports and Leisure

Genre: Action