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BBC Releases WW1 Centenary Coverage Trailer

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Karmarama creates emotive trailer, shot by Another Film Company's Steve Reeves

BBC Releases WW1 Centenary Coverage Trailer

Another Film Company's Steve Reeves directs this emotive trailer for the BBC, created by Creative Directors Tom Woodington & Robin Temple from Karmarama with Dave Buonaguidi as ECD. 

The brief to Karmarama was to showcase the unique range of perspectives inherent in the breadth of content that the BBC had commissioned across their full suite of TV, radio and online portfolios. This commissioning aimed to offer rational understanding and emotional impact in its coverage of the war that changed our world.

Philip Almond, Director of Marketing and Audiences, BBC, said: “This fantastic campaign draws together output from over 130 commissions and 2,500 hours of content across the BBC to demonstrate the scale and impact of our ambition and creativity.  It reflects our aim to offer fresh perspectives and greater understanding about WW1 through the real stories we’re telling across our output.”

To give an authentic feel when showing the retro scenes in the factories and trenches the ad was shot on a 16mm Bolex.  The BAFTA award-winning DOP Barry Ackroyd, whose credits include 'The Hurt Locker' and 'Captain Phillips', was brought in to create these moments captured in time, juxtaposed against the modern day celebrity cast looking at this footage on tablet computers.

David Buonaguidi, Chief Creative officer at Karmarama, said: “I think we have produced a creatively powerful and emotive campaign that absolutely brings together serious drama, documentary, music and even children’s programming with the respect and impact that the programmes and season deserve.”

The commercial features talent from many of the up coming WW1 dramas and documentaries, some BBC celebrities and children's characters too. Shooting this was a logistical nightmare working around their diaries, with Steve often only getting 45 minutes to shoot a scene with them.


The music was recorded at Abbey Road. There was an orchestra of 50 from the BBC and a Welsh choir of 60.  

The composer was Stephen Warbeck who won an Oscar for Billy Elliott. Steve met him when he composed the music for his film 'Keeping Rosy'. He doesn't usually do adverts but because they got on so well, he agreed to do it.  


Originally the track was going to be much bigger but when they were editing they felt that the young actors voice had such feeling and fear, that they decided to use that mood throughout.




Project Name:  WW1 on the BBC

Client Name:  Mark Tierney

Job title: Head of Marketing, BBC Two, BBC Four and Knowledge

Creative Agency: Karmarama

Creative Team: Robin Temple and Tom Woodington

Creative Director: Dave Buonaguidi

Planner (Creative Agency): Sid McGrath & Clare Toolan

Account Director (Creative Agency): Harriet Belsey

Director: Steve Reeves

Production Company: Redbee

Production Producer: Louise Jones

DOP: Barry Ackroyd

Post Production: The Quarry 

Editor: Scott Crane, The Quarry

Musical Arranger: Steven Warbeck

Music Editor: Kirsty Whalley

Sound Engineer: Munzie Thind, Grand Central

Exposure: BBC Comms


Cast: Hermione Norris, Jeremy Paxman, Tim Pigott-Smith – with map

Nichola Farrell – in car, Dan Snow – looking at tablet, Kate Adie 

Jim Howick, Mathew Baynton and Ben Willbond (Horrible Histories – scene with violin.)

WW1 Coverage Trailer
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Genres: Visual VFX, People

Categories: Idents

Another Film Company, Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:00:54 GMT