Pratt & Whitney approached us to promote the industry leading architecture of their Geared Turbofan engine. After producing the visual content for their microsite we already had a lot of the components modelled and textured, which we looked to conceptualise into a darker, more abstract film.

Using our increasing knowledge of how the engine's individual parts come together, we looked to convey a chronological sequence from tip to tail ending with a resolved GTF engine ready for take off.

We used a lot of MASH (an Autodesk Maya plug-in originally developed in-house here at Mainframe North) in this project to handle the large number of moving parts. It's hard to imagine how it would have been possible in Maya without it!

Some connections in the Node Editor and a bit of maths produced a rig to accurately drive the Fan Drive Gear System with one locator.

Direction/ Animation/ Production: Mainframe North (Chris Hardcastle, Matt Oxley, Laura Durham, Dom Brooks, Danny Price)
Audio: Nice Sound
Voice Over: Scott William
Pratt & Whitney GTF Promo