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W+K Amsterdam Takes EA's Need for Speed Reboot to a Driver's Paradise

Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam, 1 year, 11 months ago

Adrenaline-fuelled film shot entirely in-game features new arrangement of Coolio's 'Gangsta's Paradise'

W+K Amsterdam Takes EA's Need for Speed Reboot to a Driver's Paradise

Created by Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam, the new 'Need for Speed' reboot campaign kicks-off with ‘Paradise’ a 90-second film constructed primarily out game footage. The adrenaline-injected Need for Speed spot is the result of endless nights capturing by Ghost Games, internal production team, Mediaworks, and W+K Amsterdam directing the game’s hyper realistic next gen graphics, which allow the game to speak for itself.

The film showcases the fictional world of Ventura Bay, a place engrained in authentic car culture; a place where hitting insane speeds, sliding round corners in your customized ride alongside your friends and being chased by the cops is rewarded. 

The racer’s paradise is aptly accompanied by a new arrangement of the Coolio track, Gangsta’s Paradise, soulfully played by an orchestra to bring a surreal sense of beauty to the insane domain of illicit street-racing. ‘Paradise’ is narrated with a dialogue from a counterculture ‘60s classic film ‘The Wild Angels’ delivered by Rebel Célèbre Peter Fonda.

The film is now live with versions running online, and which will be accompanied in coming weeks by a social activation.

David Smith, Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam Creative Director, says, “Rousseau said, ‘Man is born free, but everywhere he lives in chains’. Our campaign says, forget the chains, let's get off the hook. It doesn't get more relevant than that."

Creative Agency

Account Director: Nick Campion, Amber Martin

Art Director: Ignasi Tudela Calafell, (Interactive) Jeff Lam

Business Affairs: Michael Graves

Copywriter: Mohamed Diaa, Bern Hunter

Creative Agency: W+K Amsterdam

Creative Director: David Smith, Craig Williams, Alvaro Sotomayor

Executive Creative Director: Mark Bernath and Eric Quennoy

Group Account Director: Kirk Johnsen

Head of TV / Production: Joe Togneri

Interactive Producer: Matt Ravenhall

Planner: Nick Docherty

Project Manager: Loes Poot

Senior Account Manager: Jorge Fesser

TV Producer: Stijn Wikkerink

Music and Sound

Audio Post Production: The Ambassadors

Music Production: Sizzer Amsterdam

Sound Design: Rens Pluijm


Editor: Will Judge

Post Production / VFX

3D Artist: Stephen Pepper & Jeremy Verf

Flame: Ton Habraken & Jeroen van Berkel

Post Production House: The Ambassadors

Producer: Darden Longenecker Bosbaan

Telecine: Hans van der Steilen

Category: Gaming , Sports and leisure

Genre: Action , Visual VFX