Thierry Henry 'Time Travels' Through Classic Soccer Moments in Sky Sports Ad

Spot Recreates Premier League History With Some Great VFX

By Alexandra Jardine. Published on Jul 16, 2015

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French soccer star Thierry Henry "time travels" through some classic moments in the U.K.'s Premier League soccer in this ad from Sky Sports marking the start of the new season.

The spot, by Brothers & Sisters and directed by Scott Lyon of Outsider, digitally transposes Henry into old footage of games, victories, arguments and more. We see him joining legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson as he wins his first title; consoling Kevin Keegan after Newcastle loses to Liverpool, and coming face to face with his younger self when Arsenal won the League at White Hart Lane.

According to the agency, making this happen included some feats of production such as filming Henry under the same motion camera conditions and lighting, at the right time of day, to match up the new and old film, and building a tunnel wall to allow him to "eavesdrop" on Manchester United Roy Keane's argument with Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira. Electric Theatre Collective is responsible for the great VFX.

Football-mad Brits are impressed by the ad already: London paper Metro is even conducting a poll asking "Is this the best advert ever?" while the Mirror called it "the greatest thing in the history of the universe."

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Jul 16, 2015
Brothers and Sisters
Sky Sports
Executive Creative Director:
Andy Fowler
Indy Selvarajah
Harv Bains
Agency Producer:
Pete Thornton
Creative Planner:
Luke Brookner
Media Planning and Buying:
Scott Lyon
Production Company:
Zeno Campbell-Salmon
Executive Producer:
Richard Packer
Production Manager:
Sam Jackson
Art Jones
Post Production/VFX:
Electric Theatre Collective
Lead Flame:
Giles Cheetham
Yourick Van Impe
Grant Conner
Andrew Stewart
Taran Spear
Bernardo Varela
CG Producer:
Sean Elliott
CG Producer:
Mak Knighton
CG Producer:
Dean Robinson
Visual Effects Producer:
Matt Williams

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