YouTube Rewind 2016



We’ve been rewound again! This marks the fourth time we’ve added our visual magic to YouTube’s biggest video of the year! As always, teaming up with digital studio Portal A is an adventure of epic proportions.

With over 110 visual effects shots, this year’s video included creating a PPAP tunnel, a collage of beat em up video game effects, a massive Olympics running track, and transforming a London train yard into a construction scene a la Fifth Harmony’s Work from Home. Oh, and not to mention a little touch-up beautification of the illustriously massive (and massively illustrious) Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

YouTube Rewind 2016 quickly earned its place as the fastest growing YouTube video of all time — amassing over 50 million views in its first day! As the crow flies, the video is currently sitting pretty with over 230 million views.


Produced by Portal A
Director: Kai Hasson
Lead Editor: Arturo Morales

Visual Effects by Cinesaurus
On-set VFX Supervisor: Gabe Conroy
Lead Visual Effects: Gabe Conroy
Visual Effects: David Hudson, David Zimmermann, Steven Hudson
VFX Art & Design: Ebae Kim
Roto & Rig Removal: Ablaze VFX