Native Music Reveal How They Soundtracked The Wimbledon 2018 Promotional Trailer
We were delighted to be invited to work on the new promo trail for Wimbledon 2018 by McCann Craft. Together with Smith & Foulkes (who we had recently worked with on the BBC Winter Olympics trail), they were taking on an incredibly ambitious animated trail that changed illustration style as we moved through the ages of tennis.
We were initially asked to look at existing tracks that could help push the modern feel of the trail, and not play to the stereotypes you might expect of Wimbledon - for example strawberries, Pimms and jazz or classical music.
There were some tracks that worked really well and were quite electronic and upbeat, but overall the agency and client decided that they still needed that element of class within the track, whilst still pushing the boundaries of expectations. So we started working on a composition brief with the agency, which we then worked on with our writing teams to try and bring the agency's vision to life.
"Take On History", as we have now called it, was a strong contender immediately. It hit a lot of the key transitions, building all the time - to reach epic proportions about 3/4 of the way through. The hairs on our necks stood up, and we knew this was going to be a tough track for anyone to beat. The use of electronic, orchestral and operatic elements combined to create the perfect sonic palette for the stunning visuals.
With animation you are often working to very rough wire frame, or animatic stage work - and so it can be hard to find the sync point that is scripted, or realise the potential that the images will fulfill. As the project developed, and our track with it - it was clear to everyone we had the winning combination on our hands.
Over the last few weeks the trail has been broadcast all over the world by Wimbledon's official broadcasting partners, and the full length track has been released on our label Rare Species.
The agency and directors were a delight to work with, and we were very grateful to be given the opportunity to score such a strong piece of work.
Brand: Wimbledon 2018
Creative Agency: Craft McCann
Copywriter: James Crosby
Art Director: Will Cottam
Producer: Claire Hopkins
Executive Creative Director: Rob Doubal
In-house Music Producer: Chris Graves
Creative director: Alexei Berwitz & Rob Webster
Production Company: Nexus Studios
Director: Smith & Foulkes
Music Company: Native Music
Genre: Music & Sound Design