Production Duo Celebrates ‘Gran Turismo’ 15th Anniversary by Honoring its Creator

By Erik Oster 

Producers Tamir Moscovici and Paul Proulx, the creative production team behind Urban Outlaw and Painting Coconuts , decided to mark the 15th anniversary of Sony’s landmark Gran Turismo series (and recent release of Gran Turismo 6) with a documentary profiling “the single-minded genius behind Gran Turismo’s birth and breathtaking 15-year evolution,” Kazunori Yamauchi.

KAZ: Pushing the Virtual Divide is a one hour, 24 minute documentary examining the drive and devotion Yamauichi has put into Gran Turismo from its birth through its incredible evolution over the past 15 years. Since the first Gran Turismo game in 1997, the game Yamauchi had wanted to make since he was fifteen years old, he has always gone above and beyond expectations in creating the best games possible. Yamauchi has been one of the most important and interesting figures in gaming over the past 15 years, with a singular devotion to giving gamers the ultimate driving experience. His insane devotion to detail in his racing simulation series can be traced to his love for racing and all things automotive — he really races himself, and often wins. This offers him a unique understanding of what racing is all about, something he brings into each of his games.


If you’re a gamer, and especially if you’re a fan of the Gran Turismo series, it’s a really intriguing — and sometimes nostalgic — look at one of Sony’s most iconic gaming series and the incredible man behind them. Check out the trailer above, and, if you’re interested, head on over to Hulu for the complete documentary. Credits after the jump.Credits:

Title: KAZ “Pushing the Virtual Divide”

Client: PlayStation (Sony Computer Entertainment)
Director: Tamir Moscovici
Production Company: Industry Films
Executive Producers: David Cranor, Peter Grech, Tina Petridis
Creative Producers: Tamir Moscovici, Paul Proulx
Producer: Erik Wilson
Editor: Paul Proulx
Director Of Photography: Anthony Arendt
Music: me&john
Research & Development: Marni Luftspring, Jon Cook, Matthew Michaud
Processing / Dailies: REDLAB Digital
Offline Editing: Married to Giants
Offline Executive Producer: Denise Shearer
Offline Editor: Paul Proulx
VFX & Motion Design: Trevor Corrigan
Assistant Editor: Michael Durst
Translation: House of Transcription
Post Production: Alter Ego
Executive Producer: Greg Edgar
VFX Executive Producer: Cheyenne Bloomfield
Producer: Jane Garrah
Senior Colourist: Wade Odlum
Colourist: Conor Fisher
Digital Intermediate Co-ordinator and conform: Clinton Homuth
Online Artists: Darren Achim, Andres Kirejew, Steve McGregor, Gillian Blekkenhorst
Audio and Music Production: Pirate Toronto
Audio Post Supervisor: Aaron Key
Mix & Sound Design Engineer: Spencer Hall