San Manuel Casino


San Manuel Casino 'Transformation'


Recent, Live Action

Let’s call this the final act of the “All Thrill” Trilogy. As we dove back inside the world of the abstract, symbol-driven space of San Manuel Casino we celebrated the detail and energy of the environments our characters live within. We leaned into the magic of the space, the transformational experience and how elaborate we could allow our characters as they discovered new worlds, allowing the scenes to dynamically change before our eyes.
As we continued the evolution of our past experiences - allowing the grit and texture of the chapters previous to melt away, to morph into a new and refreshing perspective - we pushed these films with an immense amount of energy. The metamorphic “Destiny” of these spots was letting the amazing world of San Manuel Casino and its experiences shine. We leaned into new techniques to transition us between the features of the casino and fluidly bring these spaces to life. We put our heroes into the world we’ve created and let their discovery play out before our eyes. In black our player is in control of the change of space, ushering in a new golden era. Our hero from the white space walks the ethereal catwalk of diversion and distraction amongst an array of slot machines. And in our red film, the hero finds the oasis of the desert, a tree of life, igniting a transformation of rock and light that builds to our reveal of a re-energized space.

We’ve sprinkled a few goodies in with the spots above an below. Be sure to continue scrolling until the end.

  • Production Company: Scholar
  • Directors: William Campbell & Will Johnson
  • Executive Producer: Jo Arghiris
  • Head of Production: Tyler Locke
  • Line Producer: Richard Kaylor
  • DP: Claudio Miranda
  • Production Designer: Vincent Reynaud
  • Design & Animation: Scholar
  • Creative Directors: William Campbell & Will Johnson
  • Executive Producer: Jo Arghiris
  • Head of Production: Tyler Locke
  • Art Director: Chris Finn
  • CG Supervisors: Tim Hayward, Adam Burke
  • Sr Producer: Kirsten Noll
  • Concept Designers: Cam Floyd, Eddie Del Rio, Emmanuel Shiu
  • Additional Design: Hana Eunjin Yean, Paul Kim
  • Previz Animation: Craig Christian
  • Model/Texture Artists: Allan Bernardo, Wendy Klein, Han Chin Lee, Travis Mangaoang, Damon Snyder, Stephanie Stromenger
  • Matte Painters: Tim Matney, Mayumi Shimakawa
  • 3D Animators: James Lane, Brandon Lester
  • 3D Generalists: Ryan Kaplan, Jamie Sawyer
  • Lighters: Robin Kim, Patrick Warner, Paul Hargrave, Brandon Lester, Huisoo Lee
  • Dynamics/FX: Brandon Lester, Ben Lopez, Cameron Walser
  • Compositors: Matt Lavoy, Kevin Njoo, Chris Russo, Jason Forster
  • Flame Artist: Susanne Scharping
  • Additional Flame: Todd Mesher
  • Storyboards: Bryan DeLoach
  • Rotoscope/Tracking: Trace Visual Effects
  • Editor: Nathan Park
  • Music: Elias Arts
  • Mix & Sound Design: Bicep
  • Client: San Manuel Casino


"This is transformation at its finest. A reflective moment giving way to the pathway of what lies ahead."


'Machine Calls You'

"Our white world is the visualized energy of the vast quantity of slot machines within the walls of San Manuel Casino. We are leaning into the prismatic illumination of the machines, the forward momentum of every push of the button, every pull of the lever."


'Oasis Arises'

"Light emitting from patterns and designs and components of the casino, embedded in the landscape swirling and forming together to create our center stage."