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Honda Highlights 'The Calm That Builds The Storm' in Visceral Spot

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Digitas UK creates campaign to kick-off Honda Racing’s most ambitious F1 season yet with spot directed by Radical Friend

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.

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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: Machine

Sound Designer: Alex Bingham

Producer : Matej Oreskovic

Genres: People

Categories: Automotive, Cars

Digitas, Wed, 11 Mar 2020 16:59:04 GMT