RAF100 Flypast – It’s Coming Home Viral Video Breakdown

Client: Potion Pictures | Visual Effects

Many were fooled on social media on the eve of England’s Semi-Final World Cup match against Croatia, when we created a fake RAF100 flypast video. We manipulated the historical aircraft’s formation to spell ‘It’s Coming Home’. The result went viral.

We captured the ‘flyover’ (really just empty sky) on a smartphone. After camera tracking in Cinema 4D, we used Illustrator to create splines for the text arrangement and a cloned 3D model of a Spitfire. The aircraft models were key-framed and exported, then composited into After Effects. A brief session of rotoscoping in After Effects ensured the planes appeared to fly above and behind nearby buildings.

Graphics designed by Dan Norman
Graphics produced by David Newton