DEUTSCHE BAHN THE PASSENGER
Hanna Maria Heidrich came to us again with another amazing treatment. This time: Nico Rosberg and Iggy Pop. Can I help? Hells yes Hanna. Hells yes!
During the tech recce, Hanna and I devoted a fair amount of time, with Tim Maurice Jones, to determine the best approach for shooting the static train. We were unable to shoot the moving train as it was so new, it hadn’t been thoroughly tested for final usage.
The intention was to have it appear as though the train were speeding through an augmented German landscape.
Building on some of our learning from Debenhams with Hanna the previous year, we developed a system for travelling light and camera tracking. The shoot was supervised by an old friend, and talented VFX Supervisor, Chris Mortimer.
Back in London, with everything in the can, we set about comping landscapes, CGI exterior shots of the train, and many screen replacements. We had to do a few head replacements as Nico was unavailable for a few shots. The baby jumping stunt sequence had to be a VFX shot as apparently, it’s not cool to jump a baby. Nico had the goods to deliver, but the legal people had an issue....
We did no beauty work on the actors. Not a single frame. Iggy really does look that good at 70 years old.
Agency: Bbdo Berlin
Executive Creative Directors: Till Diestel & Tobi Grimm
Agency Producer: Alexander Geier
Production Company: Anorak Film
Producer: Björn Krüger
Executive Producer: Tobias Steinhauser
Director: Hanna Maria Heidrich
Director Of Photography: Tim Maurice Jones
Production Designer: Marketa Korinkova
Onset VFX Supervisor: Chris Mortimer
Edit: Benjamin Entrup
Music: Iggy Pop - The Passenger
Sound Design: 750 Mph London
VFX: The Mill
Executive Producer: Ian Berry
Producer: Angela Toner
Production Assistant: Laura Pereda, Payal Thakkar
VFX Supervisor: James Mac
3D Lead Artists: Laurent Giaume, Anish Mohan
2D Artists: Brad Wood, Charles Dockerill, Milo Paterson, Adam Fenwick, Adam Maynard, Nick Sze, Jack Pond
3D Artists: Dhanesh Sudhakaran, Dinesh B, Adinath Chavan, Venugopal Ananthaneni, Vaclav Cizkovsky, Deniz Cinar
Color Grading: James Bamford