YouTube Rewind 2015



Another year, another YouTube Rewind. 2015 was our most ambitious yet, requiring that we delve deep in our VFX pockets and dig out motion capture, motion graphics and all that sweet sweet compositing.

We were tasked with crafting a visual language for the act of ‘rewinding’, physically moving back through moments in the video. Another key effect was a reference to the viral video “Love Has No Labels,” featuring an x-ray screen. To achieve the skeletons on the x-ray screens, we brought a performance artist into our studio and used motion capture to recreate the dance moves of various YouTube personalities.

YouTube Rewind 2015 brought over 140 million views home to roost.



Produced by Portal A
Director: Kai Hasson
Executive Producers: Nate Houghteling, Zach Blume, Kai Hasson
Director of Photography: Alex Jacobs
Lead Editor: Arturo Morales
DJ/Music Producer: The Hood Internet
Featuring an Original Remix by Avicii
Visual Effects by Cinesaurus
MoCap Cleanup, Animation & Compositing: Kial Natale
MoCap Performance Artist: Adara Toop
Roto & Rig Removal: Ablaze VFX