The film was directed by Nexus Studios’ Smith & Foulkes and cleverly moves from 1877 to the present day in one continuous rally
To mark The Championships 2018, The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (AELTC) is leveraging innovation to celebrate its history, telling the story of the world’s oldest tennis tournament through animation.
In a year of significant historical milestones, such as the 150th anniversary of the All England Club, and 50 years of Open tennis, the #TakeOnHistory campaign launched on Sunday 10 June with a 60-second animated trailer, showing the evolution of Wimbledon from its beginnings in 1877 up to the present day. Starting with Spencer Gore and ending with Roger Federer and Serena Williams, a continuous illustrated tennis rally through the ages showcases not just the stars to have graced Wimbledon but the ways the All England Club has changed and improved over time. Just as the players and the Club evolve, the style of illustration changes in keeping with each era.
This campaign is the next step in Wimbledon’s ever-growing commitment to aligning its global brand position. Created by McCann London and developed with Nexus Studios and Oscar-nominated directors Smith & Foulkes, the campaign aims to illustrate Wimbledon’s brand essence of “In Pursuit of Greatness”, now in its third year. Wimbledon has long stood for more than just a sports tournament. Instead it champions a philosophy of constant improvement, which it demonstrates through content, its partners and its players.
The trailer will be followed by a series of content films rolled out across social media that focus in greater depth on three key areas of Wimbledon: the gardens, the Ticket Resale Scheme and the famous Queue. To generate excitement for The Championships 2018, the campaign will run for five weeks, airing for the first time following the final of the French Open and ending once The Championships conclude on 15 July.
James Ralley, Head of Marketing and Commercial at the AELTC, said: “This is a significant year for Wimbledon, not least because we are celebrating the 150-year anniversary of the All England Club. This beautifully crafted film depicts the tireless pursuit of greatness Wimbledon represents, not just for our players and fans but as a global event. History is the benchmark that we judge ourselves by – and we are immensely proud to show the richness of our history through amazingly imaginative illustrations and incredible craftsmanship.”
Rob Doubal, Co-president and Chief Creative Officer, McCann London, said: “We’re really proud of this campaign, which perfectly captures how much Wimbledon has changed over the years and gone from strength to strength. The guys at Nexus were incredible at capturing the changing styles, not just of design and fashion, but of the Club, the players’ techniques and the atmosphere – all while staying true to the Wimbledon brand people know and love today.”
Head of Marketing:
Head of Marketing, Commercial & Hospitality– James Ralley, Head of Communications, Content & Digital – Alexandra Willis
Alexei Berwitz, Rob Webster
Claire Hopkins, Anna Cartwright
Executive Creative Director:
Rob Doubal, Laurence Thomson
Chief Strategy Officer:
Theo Izzard Brown
James Crosby, Will Cottam
Head of Integrated Production:
Christos Cardovillis, Tom Baines
Smith & Foulkes
Executive Creative Director:
Sports and leisure