Intro – BBC Formula 1 2015 Titles

March 24, 2015
by Tim Rabjohns

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I have to admit the first time I saw the latest BBC F1 title sequence, I was a bit underwhelmed – as soon as Fleetwood Mac’s ancient riff from “The Chain” starts up I was ready to glaze over.  However I happened to be lucky enough to be in the presence of  one of Intro’s head honchos and director of this piece who took me back to the beginning and gave me a break down of some of the clever things that they’d done.  So clever, in fact, that I had missed them completely…

Intro has a long standing relationship with BBC Sport and they are often called in to create special “pre-titles” for the formula one season.  Previous sequences have included some absolutely beautiful poetic re-imaginings of what the cars and the racing is about – you can see the Ferrari Film and their first F1 films here –  a really good example of the client trusting the production company.

This latest BBC Formula 1 titles contains many dream-like golden moments from the BBC archive, mixed in with recent footage – highlighting the race day preparations and a hair-raising montage track action like the classic Mansell/Senna game of chicken at 100mph at Spanish Grand Prix in 91, via macro camera angles and super slow motion.  What really blew mind was when Julian started to explain some of the techniques they had used to create the sequence.  The first thing that hadn’t occurred to me was how all of the early footage had been shot in 4:3 ratio, and that they had to find various ways of extending the frame size to 16:9.  Rather than degrade the image even more by zooming in and cropping to size, they set about adding all kinds of elements that were not in the original shot (girl with a film camera any one..?)BBC Sport Formula 1 titles 2015 for dotmogo

He then started to point out where new backgrounds were added, as well as camera shake, dust and various light sources.  Finally, although very quick, they also invented various POV shots from like the inside of the cars or the the shot from the bi plane looking over Silverstone, for which there was never any original footage.  The fact that none of this is immediately obvious makes the meticulous work of the team working on this even more amazing.  F1 fans will also notice that you can actually see the trophy at the end, which is something that very few people have seen before now as they didn’t show it on TV before…
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Additionally I wanted to also post about the Lewis Hamilton sky dive film for Silverstone’s 50th anniversary, just before he was awarded sports personality of the year.

Intro was asked to help with a spectacular plan to drop Lewis Hamilton out of a plane and skydive his way into a busy Silverstone on race day.
Except he didn’t.  In another incredibly well researched film using a mixture of techniques including stunt men, 3D head replacements and a green screen shoot, once again they bamboozle you into believing the unlikely…
check out the making of to see how they did it:

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Credits Silverstone 50th anniversary film: BBC Director: Richard Gort, Post-production Director: Jason Devine, Shoot: Karma Crew, Post-production: Intro, Sound design: GPS

Credits BBC F1 2015 titles: Director: Julian Gibbs, Post-production Director: Jason Devine, Post-production: Intro, Sound design: GPS

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