In summer 2013, yU+co. was approached by production to design and animate the HUD/GUI graphics for ROBOCOP as well as the film's robots ED209 and EM208. What brought us to the filmmakers' attention is our talent for storytelling through design and motion graphics. It was very important to the film's director, Jose Padilha, to utilize the film's graphics to enhance the storytelling.
Robocop's graphics were an exciting challenge, as his HUD is not limited to analyzing his immediate environment, or to accentuating onscreen action. The 21st century Robocop benefits from technological advances that the '80s Robocop did not have. His instantaneous access to police records, public records, live and archived CCTV files turns him into a Sherlock Holmes of the future.
In the film, Robocop does not only use his technology to track criminals: as a man turned machine, he uses his advanced programming to scan through CCTV footage, monitoring his wife and son, analyzing their emotions and trying to use the data to repair their relationship. The robot's technology becomes a tool for accessing the emotional core of the man. The graphics we created become essential to engaging the audience emotionally in the story. Our company's skills in design and storytelling worked hand in hand to make Robocop's HUD essential not only to onscreen thrills, but to the human aspect that audiences relate to best.