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Past and Present Collide for New York Knicks’ 75th Anniversary Film

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The NBA’s New York Knicks and Translation tap Farm League for a high-energy film celebrating the franchise’s past, present and future

Past and Present Collide for New York Knicks’ 75th Anniversary Film

After 75 years, the New York Knicks have a lot to celebrate. They’re two-time champions, current playoff contenders, and their retired numbers include some of the very best to play the game. These accomplishments and the gritty, hard-working attitude of the city itself all act as creative ammunition in their new campaign, BUILT BY NEW YORK, from New York-based agency Translation and Venice-based production company Farm League. 

The concept for BUILT BY NEW YORK is anchored in the mentality that, “In this city, you get built different.” If you want to understand the Knicks, then you have to understand New York City. Helmed by Farm League’s Miko Lim, a director, photographer and mixed media specialist known for his energetic and emotive sports work, the film draws deep parallels between the drive and heart of the team and the city itself. City elements, words, faces, places, textures and bodies mesh together to form shifting portraits and a seamless dialogue spanning the decades. Miko, who was a long time resident of New York City and a devoted basketball fan, felt an instant connection to the creative prompt. 

“I have a great love for the city, the team and the people, so this project was a dream come true. New York is the world’s greatest melting pot, so I really wanted to speak to that history while also paying respect to one of the most historical franchises in the NBA,” Miko says. 

Lim filmed in the streets of New York for two days to capture moments that were as authentic and uncontrived as possible: Real chess matches, real skaters and hoopers, the real residents and fans that keep the city and team going. Showing the diverse fabric of New York was as crucial as nailing the most iconic moments of game footage and highlights. This film was then put through a rigorous post process coined internally as the ‘flash treatment,’ which is a stunning mashup of imagery, film, and audio that merges multiple eras of Knicks history into one visual story. These compositions splice together historic content from the Knicks archives with modern film and photography through a flashing, glitching, and collage-style treatment. 

Farm League led the post production process, bringing in visual artist Federico Forlani to craft the ‘flash treatment’ style over the course of three weeks. The process required diving deep into archival footage of both the team and the city, and then targeting moments that visually aligned with the newly captured footage and recent game highlights. 

“What really stands out to me about Federico is his artistic integrity. He believes in motivated effects and avoids gimmicks at all costs. Because Madison Square Garden has stood the test of time, we found so many great match cuts of players in the 60s and 70s like Willis that matched players in the 80s like Bernard, and then on to Ewing, and so on to the current team,” Miko adds. 

The 30 second spot will premiere on broadcast on October 24th, 2021 as the New York Knicks host the Orlando Magic at home. The extended 60 second version will be featured across the New York Knicks social media channels. 

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Production

Production Company: Farm League

Director: Miko Lim

Executive Producer / Founder: Tim Lynch

Executive Producer: Michael Pizzo

Producer: Jose A. Barrios

Post Production

Post Production Company: Farm League

Post Producer: Theo Fischel-Bock

Editor: Miko Lim

Editor: George Manzanilla, Max Edit

VFX Artist: Federico Forlani

Agency

Agency: Translation

Head of Integrated Production: Alison Hill

Executive Producer: Pamela Yeh

Senior Producer: Alice Cottle

Producer: Ashley Pineda

Creative Director: Karsten Jurkschat

Creative Director: Alex Little

Copywriter: Greg Bruce

Art Director: Jack Graham

Account Director: Jordan Ofsevit

Genres: People, Storytelling, Dialogue

Categories: Sports and Leisure, Sports clubs

Farm League, Tue, 26 Oct 2021 14:54:56 GMT