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Richard Hammond Explores the Future of Mobility in Action-packed LeasePlan Film

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MassiveMusic re-records Cars by Gary Numan for the latest LeasePlan worldwide spot

Richard Hammond Explores the Future of Mobility in Action-packed LeasePlan Film

MassiveMusic teams up with agency Etcetera and production company PostPanic for ‘What’s Next?’, the latest three-minute-long film by LeasePlan, starring journalist and Grand Tour presenter Richard Hammond. The international music agency went on a quest for a track that could fit the futuristic and visionary mood of the moving picture, which resulted in finding and licensing Cars by Gary Numan. In the LeasePlan film, Richard Hammond embarks on a cinematic, action-packed and unexpected journey, which gave MassiveMusic the chance to craft and adapt the original song to the movie’s different scenarios. 

Philip Oomen, Head of Search & Licensing at MassiveMusic, explains: “The collaboration between MassiveMusic, Etcetera and PostPanic proved to be a successful one, as we’re all very happy with the final result. Even though it was released 38 years ago, the post-punk electro track Cars by Gary Numan was the perfect match for a commercial set in the future. During the production of the song, Numan decided to replace guitars with synthesisers and recorded them through guitar effect pedals. He’s considered one of the pioneers of electronic pop music.”

Peter van Leeuwen, Creative Director at Etcetera, adds: “Together with MassiveMusic, we did an extensive research in finding the right track, but it was the potential of the arrangement and the memorable opening that made us go for Cars.”

“Because of the length of the commercial, the challenge here was to find a track that triggered recall and that could be easily shaped into something similar but unique. We embraced the challenge by taking the song apart and came up with several versions that could go along with the scenarios that keep on unfolding throughout the whole movie,” comments Guido Blom, Music Producer at MassiveMusic. 

Mischa Rozema, Director at PostPanic, concludes: “It took an extensive search of multiple musical directions. MassiveMusic provided us with incredible tracks to choose from and Cars came out on top. The trick was to find a known track that would fit the dynamic of the film. Problem here was that the visuals had an enormous narrative range. The track needed to work on an epic and cinematic scale only to change abruptly to comedy. We also decided to juxtaposition the futuristic visual treatment with a retro but future-proof, credible song. Music was the final magical element indeed.”

Watch the making of video below.

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Production Company

Director: Mischa Rozema

Production Company: PostPanic

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: Etcetera


Music Production: MassiveMusic

Producer: Guido Blom

Genres: Music performance, Visual VFX, Music & Sound Design, Comedy, Action

Categories: Automotive, Services

MassiveMusic Amsterdam, Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:52:57 GMT