Y Ras Sports Quiz S4C

Y Ras is a brand new sports quiz for S4C hosted by former Welsh Rugby Union international and broadcaster Gareth Roberts.  16 contestants compete over 4 heats, 2 semi-finals and a grand final to be crowned the 2018 Y Ras Champion.

The contestants play five challenging rounds testing both their general sports knowledge, and their knowledge of a chosen specialist subject. The games are a mix of quick-fire tests of recall and reflex, and more strategic challenges allowing the contestants to maneuver the game to their advantage against the clock.

This was the first time the production company, Hoi Polloi Pictures, had made a quiz or entertainment format. Kinetic Pixel worked closely with the producers to consult and advise on the best practice for structuring and levelling the game rules in order to keep the games challenging and entertaining. We also advised closely on question management workflow and question writing and stacking methods, drawing on our considerable experience of thousands of hours of making quiz shows.

Logo and title design came from Rough Collie, but their design remit ended there. Kinetic Pixel used Rough Collie’s assets as a starting point for the storyboards, animation design and visual language of the gameplay graphics, resulting in a look and style that blended seamlessly with the titles but created unique and stylish game design. The producers brief focussed around the graphics not looking too much like “shiny light entertainment graphics”, resulting in use of three-dimensional scene design, muted tones and animated textures to breathe life into the gameplay.

The entire system was built using our first-class game engine, enabling reporting of buzzer timings, clear and concise information displays, seamless integration of lighting and sound cues and the ability to pick up and undo without delay at any point during the shows. The production budget required 10 shows to be recorded across just three days, meaning the reliability and ease of installation of our systems was as important as ever. The graphics presentation was delivered as a combination of using the high-end presentation graphics engine from our partners at Ventuz, and for the first time, the Unity game engine with sophisticated bespoke plug-ins developed in-house, to provide the lower third graphics.

Y Ras starts on S4C on the 14th September 2018 at 9:30PM. Watch it on the BBC iPlayer


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