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Future Sports Heroes are Going for Gold with Usain Bolt and Allianz Direct 

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Agency Alfred and HOBBY mix comedy and sports for the dynamic campaign soundtracked by MassiveMusic Amsterdam

Future Sports Heroes are Going for Gold with Usain Bolt and Allianz Direct 

Today Allianz Direct release their new brand film ‘Future Sports Heroes’ in support of young athletes, featuring sprinter Usain Bolt. 

Conceived by independent agency Alfred and produced by HOBBY, the 50 second film utilises a mix of celebrity, storytelling, sports action, comedy and kids performance. 

The journey starts with Bolt in the barbershop chair, reminiscing his great victories on TV, when he’s suddenly challenged to a game of table tennis by a little girl standing in the doorway. He’s further dared to try basketball and diving by two more youths before the final child challenges him to a running race. Crossing the 100m line with his arms victorious in the air, Bolt is overtaken by the child, only to discover he has another 1400m to go! 

Heavily hindered by the pandemic, there were multiple production hurdles to overcome before filming commenced in Riga, Latvia. 

HOBBY producer Remco den Hartog comments: “It was a tricky production. After 40+ quotes taking into account different quarantine rules in seven countries, Usain’s availability, and casting, we were finally able to cast across four countries using a self-tape method. We were looking for kids that were great at their sport but also great personalities.” 

Oskar Bård, director and founder at HOBBY, worked closely with Bolt for the limited time available during the two day shoot, and even conducted a full test shoot with sport choreography, camera moves and performance in advance using the main crew on location with stand-in actors. 

Oskar comments: “The test film helped to show Usain what we wanted to achieve, and as a result he got very involved in the making of the film. He’s not just the fastest man on the planet. He is also a super great actor and super nice person to work and hang out with. I told him and his manager that Usain should become the next James Bond!”

Alfred ECD, Jorn Kruijsen, comments: “Working with Oskar was fantastic. It was the way he thought about going from scene to scene in a really creative, fast way that won us over. Furthermore he shared our view on the script; going for a high energy, creative, fun way of filming. During the shoot, he went out of his way to make Usain feel comfortable and was always happy. He was really diligent. HOBBY did great. It was the most well-prepared shoot I’ve ever been on!” 

To match the energy and dynamic transitions, Massive Music in Amsterdam created a bespoke music track. 

The film will air in Holland, Germany and Italy from today. 


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Client

Client : Allianz Direct 

Client : Ron Adams, Natasja Staal, Steffie van der Velde 

Product : Allianz Direct 

Agency 

Agency : ALFRED International 

Account : Daniëlle Boskemper, Stéphanie Freitag 

Concept : Jorn Kruijsen, Jeroen van de Sande, Rogier Mahieu 

Art Director : Jorn Kruijsen 

Copywriter : Jeroen van de Sande, Rogier Mahieu 

Agency Producer : Carmen Ramsaran 

Production

Production Company : Hobby Film 

Line Production : Chubby Unicorn 

Director : Oskar Bård 

Executive Producer : Remco den Hartog 

Line Producer : Dace Siatkovska 

D.O.P : Snorre Fuglsang Ruhe 

Set editor : Gatis Belogrudovs 

Editor : Martin Heijgelaar, Jorien Voogt, Pim van der Pas Music

Sound : Ambassadors 

Post Production

Post Production : Ambassadors 

Grading : Jean-Clément Soret, MPC

Genres: People, Action, Dialogue

Categories: Insurance, Finance

Hobby Film, Tue, 08 Jun 2021 12:35:31 GMT