Realm Pictures is a film production company based in the UK that has created a new genre of live interactive video game events. Their first was the Live First Person Shooter which they filmed in their studio grounds using local fixed line connectivity. When they went to film the second level in a disused power station which had no fixed line connectivity available, they realised that they needed a different way to obtain a reliable, high bandwidth, low latency internet connectivity to make it work.
After searching for a solution that could use multiple 3G/4G LTE cellular connections they discovered Peplink SD-WAN technology, and contacted Grapevine Connect, to help.
Grapevine Connect has now worked on two productions with Realm Pictures – the latest being a series of real life Hitman games for IO Interactive, where multiple 3G/4G LTE connections were bonded at the location and connected over SpeedFusion VPN via a FusionHub virtual appliance in the cloud to the Internet. This not only gave Realm Pictures a high bandwidth, reliable, low latency internet connection, but also allowed for inbound connections from the Internet to on location set pieces (like remote controlled machine gun) providing a full interactive experience to the end users.
For Realm Pictures, Peplink SD-WAN enables them to consider bold exciting locations for new levels and future projects, safe in the knowledge that Grapevine Connect and Peplink SD-WAN will enable them to connect to their audiences and players successfully – wherever in the world they may be.
“We didn’t have a single problem with the cellular – it was super robust, very impressive! (and) on a shoot like this (that is) utterly utterly vital.” David Reynolds. Artistic Director, Realm Pictures