BMW | TP Films | Dan Di Felice
To showcase 'The 7', BMW's highly anticipated new model, we brought the German team over to the UK to shoot a 2 minute launch film and 45 second TV commercial in collaboration with Serviceplan and TP Films, as well as renowned director Dan Di Felice.
This atmospheric campaign aims to showcase the car taking flight in a dramatic storm, which we enabled with an active airport location, a private jet, fire engines, and some very clever SFX.
Scroll on to explore the logistics of shooting this highly secretive product launch which we produced without a single sighting from the public.
Logistics and security were key for this campaign; the client needed our expert production knowledge to shoot on an active airport runway without a single member of the public seeing the new vehicle.
Contending with airports from around Europe, we scouted all over the UK to source a newly-built rural airport, yet to be open to the public. This Northern England location boasted both the right aesthetic and the practical needs for a highly secretive shoot with a crew of over 130 people.
We were able to secure complete private access to the whole interior of the airport as well as a vast runway and two aeroplane hangers for 3 days.
Working closely with an experienced security team and building strong relationships with airport staff and local authorities, we ensured that passers-by and press could not view the prototype car whilst the shoot was underway.
“As security of the new BMW 7 Series model was paramount, and LS had vast experience of the security measures needed, it was the perfect collaboration between TP Films, the airport and LS Productions.”
Executive Producer, TP Films
Due to the covert nature of this job, NDAs and zero-tolerance mobile phone and social media policies were of utmost importance for everyone involved.
Our connections with local police and councils also meant that we could get nearby roads closed off to any through-traffic, and security personnel and vehicles were able to surround the entire airport for maximum surveillance.
With a logistically complex job such as this, a team that works seamlessly together is vital. Working closely from recce to wrap with seriously strong creative, production and security teams meant that this high-end job could - quite literally - take off, without any obstacles.
“We got to show off our brilliant locations that ticked the boxes of a tricky logistical and security brief, assembled a wonderful team and thus facilitated a cool script with some very talented people.”
Senior Producer, LS Productions
The creative brief included dark and dramatic weather conditions; and alongside the director's signature cinematic, atmospheric style, this meant that a specialist SFX team was tasked to help brew up a storm for BMW, creating billowing clouds of smoke and harsh, lashing rain.
HIGH TECH KIT
In order to achieve the desired aesthetic, we sourced and managed an abundance of high-spec equipment, including but not limited to: a Russian arm and airplane wing cameras, a private jet, tug vehicles, a fire engine (which was used to keep the runway soaked), drones, multiple rain rigs, LED lighting setups, wind fans and smoke tubes.
“I felt in safe hands with Deva and his team from the minute we started the bidding process right through till wrap. LS, the crew and the staff were professional, honest and a joy to work with.”
Executive Producer, TP Films
LOGISTICS AND SCHEDULING
DIRECTOR'S SCOUT AND TECH RECCE
Director: Dan Di Felice
DOP: Steve Annis
Executive Producer: Carlo Walther
TP Films |
Producer Tom Went
Production Services Company:
LS Productions | Producer Deva Smith
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