Virgin Media's Usain Bolt Ad Demonstrates What 9.58 Seconds Feels Like

Spot Consists of Sequences That Match the Length of His World Record

Published on

Editor's Pick

When Usain Bolt broke the 100m world record, he did it in 9.58 seconds. In this clever ad for Virgin Media, BBH London tries to demonstrate to the viewer what 9.58 seconds feels like, using a series of 10 sequences that are exactly that length.

The film combines footage shot in Jamaica by the director, Academy's Seb Edwards, with stock footage of Bolt and his fans, and some original animation and graphics. It's narrated by world 400m record holder Michael Johnson, who has been a mentor to Bolt.

One of the 10 sequences is a real-time dramatization of the historic 9.58-second record-breaking run, mimicking the distance and speed Bolt ran it at, across Jamaican locations he grew up at as a boy. Among the other nine sequences, there's one that turns 9.58 seconds into a video-game-like scenario, and an animated version in which he's a superhero. The film ends with the campaign line, "Are you ready to be moved?"

The spot launches on U.K. TV today, ahead of Bolt's intention to compete at the Rio Olympics, and will run throughout the summer. Virgin has used Bolt for the past four years in its advertising, promoting the speed of its broadband. Kerris Bright, chief marketing officer at Virgin Media, commented in a statement: "This campaign is about the power and emotion of speed, creating an emotive story around Bolt and our brand. All at a time he is hoping to make history, but in a way that connected to our core attribution of speed."

Rate this Ad
No starts selected .5 stars 1 star 1.5 stars 2 stars 2.5 stars 3 stars 3.5 stars 4 stars 4.5 stars 5 stars

You must be registered to rate the ad. Please Login or Register Now

About

Credits
Date
Jul 06, 2016
Agency:
BBH London
Client:
Virgin Media
Director:
Seb Edwards
Production Company:
Academy Films
Chief Marketing Officer:
Kerris Bright
Head of Advertising:
Ellie Tory
Head of Sponsoring:
Ellie Tory
Creative:
Nick Gill
Creative:
Davud Karbassioun
Executive Creative Director:
Nick Gill
Strategist:
Alana King
Strategy Director:
Elle Graham-Dixon
Business Lead:
Zoe Verrion
Account Manager:
Graham Moffat
Account Director:
Andrew Connolly
Chief Production Officer:
Davud Karbassioun
Creative Team:
Nick Gill
Creative Team:
Davud Karbassioun
Producer:
Alen Grebovic
Producer:
Victoria Keenan
Assistant Producer:
Sarah Finnigan Walsh
Executive Producer:
Dominic Thomas
Executive Producer:
Davud Karbassioun
Director of Photography:
Alwin Kuchler
Post Production:
Electric Theatre Collective
Post Production Producer:
Libby Behrens
2D Lead:
Giles Cheetham
TK:
Aubrey Woodiwiss
Animation:
The Line
Animation Director:
Wesley Louis
Sequence Director:
Wesley Louis
Editor:
Tom Lindsay
Editing Company:
Trim Editing
Sound Design:
Anthony Moore
Sound Designer:
Factory
Music:
Arch Birds
Voiceover:
Michael Johnson
Print Producer:
Lauren Daniels
Print Producer:
Simon Taylor
Digital Producer:
Charlie Hurlock
Digital Producer:
Chris Robertson
Creative Director:
Chris Lawson
Creative Team:
Andrew Stone
Creative Team:
Adrian Thomas
Account Director:
Valdemar Domingos
Producer:
Charlie Hurlock
Producer:
Sarah Finnigan Walsh

See more credits

Tags
Category
Genre
Latest Creativity News on Ad Age

Related work

The Creativity Daily Newsletter

Get highlights of the most important daily news delivered to your e-mail inbox. Receive Our Newsletters.

Become a Member of Ad Age