London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony 2017-04-25T21:38:43+00:00

Project Description

The Largest Show On Earth

The Olympic Stadium
London

59 Productions were invited by artistic director Danny Boyle to join his creative team as video designers for the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

Led by project Creative Director Leo Warner, the 59 team provided design, animation and film production services, as well as programmers and technical design services for the largest show on Earth. The team’s primary role was to art direct all video content delivered the Olympic Stadium. This included the four massive LED screens mounted on the stadium roof, all projection in the show, and the “audience pixels” – a vast, stadium-wide video surface comprising a custom-built 9-pixel LED panel mounted between every one of the 70,000 seats*.

Much of the content produced for the ceremony by 59 was also delivered direct to broadcast, including the 60-second countdown to the start of the ceremony, a series of live-action title cards, and a number of graphic and typographic elements and overlays.

A huge undertaking with an audience to match, 59 delivered one of the most technically sophisticated opening ceremonies the world has ever seen, a powerful journey through this history of the United Kingdom wrought large on the canvas of the Olympic Stadium.

‘WE’RE EFFECTIVELY ART DIRECTING ANYTHING THAT APPEARS ON ANY VIDEO SURFACE, WITHIN THE STADIUM, DURING THE OPENING CEREMONY’

Credits

Creative Director

Leo Warner

Designers

Lysander Ashton
Mark Grimmer

Associate Designer

Jonathon Lyle

Animation Directors

Zsolt Balogh
Christian Debney
Lawrence Watson

Animators

Quentin Dachy
Derrick Ligas
M.I.E. Ltd

Editor

Joseph Pierce

Assistant Designers

Akhila Krishnan
Jessika Strataki

Technical manager

Jonathon Lyle

Programmers

Nick Simmons
Ben Pearcy

Data wrangler

James Long

Project manager

Remi Harris

Assistant to Leo Warner

Megan Kearney

Live-Action Director

Aneil Karia

Directors of Photography

Chloe Thomson
Vanessa Whyte
Stuart Bentley

Live-Action Art Director

Molly Einchomb

Production Assistant

Katie Jackson