Pete Williams – Paralympic Poem 2016 with James Corden
Well, it’s no secret that Channel 4 are massive supporters of the Paralympics – and they have really done themselves proud with the help of Pete Williams, production company Fulwell 73 and James Corden.
This Shakespearian style poem championing the athletics of prosthetics was written by broadcaster Eddie Butler, and it references the very beginnings of the Paralympic Games at Stoke Mandeville in 1948 and its growth over the years. It then takes a nostalgic look back at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London and revisits some of the highlights such as the gold medal moments of Ellie Simmonds, David Weir and Hannah Cockcroft. It’s one of the most lyrical things I’ve seen on TV in years and I think the language is beautiful.
As part of this collaboration with Fulwell 73, the production company behind The Late, Late Show with James Corden, motion director Pete Williams was asked to integrate motion graphics, visual effects and compositing. As is the norm these days – it was done on a super tight schedule of filming to delivery in only 4 weeks – which is mind blowing when you think that it comes in at just over four minutes long!.
Ed Havard, Channel 4’s Head of Sport and TV Events, called it an “extraordinary piece of work, with a stunning tribute to the Paralympics as an epic piece of sporting theatre. It’s the perfect way to open our Paralympic programming.”
Here’s to a great Paralympic games and and to the brilliance of resilience…
Credits: Director Pete Williams, Production company – Fulwell73