Honda Highlights 'The Calm That Builds The Storm' in Visceral Spot
Digitas UK has devised the latest iteration of its continuing partnership with Honda Racing F1, with a campaign entitled ‘The Calm That Builds The Storm’.
The work is UK-led, but with global reach, with Digitas responsible for strategy, creative and media execution.
The film shows the quiet, meticulous work that goes on behind the scenes to create the Honda F1 power unit. This is juxtaposed with the chaotic energy and sound of an F1 car pushing racing to its limits.
The idea behind the campaign is to show how every minute adjustment in the lab has an explosive impact on the track, inspired from when Pierre Gasly, driving the Honda F1 Power Unit, beat Lewis Hamilton to a podium finish at the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix with a difference of just 0.062 seconds.
Digitas and Honda have partnered to create a real-footage, seasonal kick off and it represents a break from the animation style leveraged in 2019.
The work showcases Honda’s iconic colour palette of white, black and red, this time marrying the visceral sounds of Honda engines with the silence and determination of technical teams at its HQ.
The film builds suspense, slowly getting to real footage of the new cars (with their new 2020 livery), supplied by the two teams – Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Alpha Tauri - from their team shakedowns just weeks ago.
The cast are all employees of Honda Racing F1 with Honda Racing F1’s technical director Tanabe-san featuring as a cameo.
James Whatley, strategy partner from Digitas UK adds: “Our relationship with Honda Racing F1 has flourished these past years so to be allowed to film inside the engine bay for this, the launch of the arguably their most excitement yet, was a huge privilege. And to use that backdrop to illustrate the creativity, intensity, precision and expertise, that goes into the ultimate racing machine is something Digitas is incredibly proud of.”
The work will break online, on social channels, for the first week of the Formula 1 season, appealing to racing fans and beyond.
Digitas UK briefed, created and produced the work which was shot by Radical Friend, an Atlanta-based director who is on the Partizan roster – one of London’s leading production companies.
Agency: Digitas UK
Chief Creative Officer: Emma de la Fosse
Executive Creative Director: Lazaros Nikiforidis
Creative team: Charlie Ditchfield & Connor Stephen
Strategy Partner: James Whatley
Business Director: Jared Howe
Client Lead: Clemmie Clough
Agency Producer: Emma Gilbert
Production Company: Partizan
Director: Radical Friend / Kirby McClure
Head of Production: Ella More O’Ferrall
Executive Producer: Neil Linpow
Producer: Richard Wilson
Prod Manger: Jack Bristow
Prod Assistant: Charlie Scannell
1st AD: Jim Cole
DOP: Matt Fox
Gaffer: Paul Allen
Production Designer: Will Field
Edit: Final Cut
Editor: Ryan Beck
Producer: Nikki Porter
Colourist: Simona Cristea
EP: Dionne Archibald
Sound Designer: Alex Bingham
Producer: Matej Oreskovic
Category: Automotive , Cars