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Ladbrokes Drummer Chorus Builds the Tension in Epic Euros Campaign

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Directed by Sam Brown, the film brings together the heartbeat of the nation with 100’s of drummers
Ladbrokes Drummer Chorus Builds the Tension in Epic Euros Campaign

Ladbrokes has launched a ground-breaking campaign that celebrates this year’s much anticipated European Championship 2020 tournament and captures the joy of live sport and entertainment through drumming on a massive scale. 

The TV film is the first work for Ladbrokes by creative agency Neverland, appointed as the brand’s lead creative agency in March. 

The film, directed by Sam Brown of Rogue Films, uses hundreds of drummers to evoke the anticipation and tension that football fans feel during a crucial penalty. As the player backs nervously away from the ball viewers can hear his heart beating in a metronomic rhythm. The camera reveals that it isn’t his heartbeat, but actually a crowd of drummers surrounding the player. The viewer then sees that drummers are filling the entire stadium, and even spilling out into the commentary box. The film then cuts to drummers in a variety of situations where fans would typically watch the game, including gathered together in a family’s living room, packed into a pub, clustered around a bus stop and across the rooftops and streets of a city. It then builds to a crescendo with unbearable tension as the player runs towards the penalty spot and, as he makes contact with the ball, the drumming track kicks back in. 

Filmed in May this year, the production included employing 190 skilled and experienced drummers. The shoot also included 200 extras and employed the use of drone filming, motion capture, body scanning, and huge team of visual effects and CGI artists working to create the epic scenes. Del Amitri drummer, Ash Soan, was responsible for arranging and composing the drummers in the shoot. His experience includes playing at the London Olympics 2012 opening ceremony and recording 29 No. 1 albums. The film was coordinated by Mike Dolbear who coordinated 1,000 drummers for the 2012 opening ceremony for the London Olympics. 

The spot is set to a thumping soundtrack, Rock & Roll Queen, by The Subways. The TV film is set to be premiered with an exclusive performance of Rock & Roll Queen by The Subways at 9:00pm on Thursday 27th May which will be streamed across Ladbrokes’ social channels.The Ladbrokes European Championship 2020 TV film will not only go on to appear in the key European Championship matches, as it is supported by multiple cross-channel activations, including online video and social, radio, print and OOH across 2,500+ sites across the UK. The campaign includes dynamic reactive advertising which means that Ladbrokes can celebrate, commiserate, and interact with fans in real time across both its social channels and publicly on 1000’s of digital outdoor sites across the nation. 

Ladbrokes and Coral’s Dominic Grounsell, Managing Director-UK Sports Brands says: “For many, this year’s European Championships will be the first live entertainment experience they enjoy together with friends, family and other fans. This groundbreaking campaign brilliantly captures the anticipation that viewers will feel during the tournament. We cast hundreds of skilled and experienced drummers to depict the tension that fans will feel during key moments in a match and we’re very excited about how this campaign celebrates the unparalleled joy, excitement and anticipation that only live entertainment can bring. 

Jon Forsyth, Founding Partner at Neverland: "We loved every single minute working with Ladbrokes to make this campaign. It’s a kick-ass, blow the roof off, jump on the sofa, bring on the summer extravaganza! Enjoy!!” 

Lydia Mulkeen, Client Partners media agency the7stars says, “We’re thrilled to have developed a dynamic comms plan for this remarkable campaign that captures the excitement of the Euros.Importantly, we also have the ability to react publicly to key moments in the tournament across a category-leading dynamic outdoor campaign, ensuring Ladbrokes is seen as just as big a fan of football as their audience.”​

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Client

Advertiser: Ladbrokes

Agency

Creative Agency: Neverland

Founding Partner, Creative Strategy: Jon Forsyth

Founding Partner, Brand Strategy: Simon Massey

Executive Creative Director: Noel Hamilton

Senior Creative: Lloyd Daniel

Design Director: Rich Kennedy

Head of Production: Amy Coomber

Senior Producer: Harriette Wright

Assistant Producer: Claire Pearson

Business Director: Niall Hutchinson

Account Manager: Will Denvir


Film Production

Production: Rogue

Director: Sam Brown

Producer: Polly Ruskin

Executive Producer: Kate Taylor

DoP: Patrick Meller

Edit

Editor: Tim Thornton-Allan

Edit Producer: SJ O'Mara

Edit House: Marshall Street Editors


Film Post

Audio Post-Production House: Factory Studios

Sound Engineer: Anthony Moore, Josh Campbell

Producer: Beth Massey

Post Production House: Electric Theatre Collective

Colour: Luke Morrison

VFX Producer: Magda Krimitsou

Production Coordinator: Larisa Covaciu

Creative Director: James Sindle

Shoot Supervision: James Sindle/ Simon French/ Jonathan Westley

VFX Supervisor: Ryan Knowles

Genres: Music & Sound Design, Visual VFX, Action

Categories: Media and Entertainment, TV and Radio

Neverland Creative, Thu, 27 May 2021 21:28:12 GMT