ESPN and the NHL presented the next chapter in kids-focused sports broadcasts: ESPN’s Big City Greens NHL Classic, which was first-ever fully animated game telecast. Besides live, real-time volumetric animation of players on the ice, ESPN Creative Studio created motion-captured animated versions of the ESPN commentators calling the game, as well live interviews with characters from Disney’s Emmy Award-winning animated series using live facial-capture technology.
Charlie Collin, ESPN Creative Services, Senior Manager, Motion Graphics and Production Enhancements
David Lehanski, NHL, EVP, Business Development and Innovation
Zack Malet, ESPN, Director, Business Development & Innovation
Amy Nelson, ESPN Creative Studio, Manager, Graphics Innovation
David “Sparky” Sparrgrove, ESPN Creative Studio, Senior Creative Director, Animation, Graphics Innovation and Production Design
Michael “Spike” Szykowny, ESPN Creative Studio, Senior Director – Animation, Graphics Innovation, & Production Design