The London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony - Video design by 59 Productions

59 Productions creative team

Creative Director:
 Leo Warner

 Lysander Ashton
Mark Grimmer

Associate Designer:
 Jonathon Lyle

Animation Directors:
 Zsolt Balogh
 Christian Debney
 Lawrence Watson

 Quentin Dachy
 Derrick Ligas
 M.I.E. Ltd

 Joseph Pierce

Assistant Designers:
 Akhila Krishnan
 Jessika Strataki

Live-action director:
 Aneil Karia

Directors of Photography:
 Chloe Thomson
 Vanessa Whyte
 Stuart Bentley

Live-action art director:
 Molly Einchomb

Production Assistant:
Katie Jackson

59 Productions Technical Team

Technical manager: Jonathon Lyle

Programmers: Nick Simmons, Ben Pearcy

Data wrangler: James Long

Project manager: Remi Harris

Assistant to Leo Warner: Megan Kearney

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About this project

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.

* All video content for the "audience pixels" for the Olympic Opening Ceremony was art directed by 59 Productions and produced by Crystal CG.