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16 February 2021

Team talk.

by Syd Briscoe

Virgin Media: “Faster Brings us Closer” - 90s

In some small ways, it's fortunate that the world made it as far as 2020 without a global pandemic. Advances in technology mean that quarantine and self-isolation haven't been quite as, well, isolating as they would have been only a few years ago, with video calls, streamable media, and the ability to talk via the internet easing months of boredom and fear.

Online gaming has been one such refuge for many, and this sweet Virgin Media film accordingly emphasises the ways in which a good connection can help us relate behind closed doors. A battle turns into an alliance when two players meet in a virtual world, and their bond soon develops into something deeper.

It's a charming look at how a shared focus can help new friendships blossom, even at a distance. Additional kudos is warranted for the casual representation of disability too - not as something to be overcome or compensated for, but simply a fact about one of the characters.

Creative Agency: adam&eveDDB Ⓟ Ⓦ
CCO: Richard Brim
Creative Director: Tim Vance / Paul Knott
Creative: Edward Usher / Xander Hart
Business Team: Gemma Davies
Project Manager: Anna Curtis
Planner: Paulina Thompson / Claire Strickett
Agency Producer: Nikki Cramphorn / Persephone Withnell / Olly Ravaux
Film Production: Academy Films Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Frédéric Planchon Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Ash Lockmun
Executive Producer: Simon Cooper
Cinematographer: Justin Brown
Editor: Nik Hindson Ⓦ @ The Assembly Rooms Ⓟ Ⓦ
VFX: Chris Aliano / Francois Roisin @ Time Based Arts Ⓟ Ⓦ
VFX Shoot S'visor: Matt Shires @ Time Based Arts Ⓟ Ⓦ
Colourist: Lewis Crossfield @ Time Based Arts Ⓟ Ⓦ
Sound Designer: Anthony Moore / Philip Bolland @ Factory Ⓟ Ⓦ
Audio Producer: Lucy Spong
Music Supervisor: Jesper Gadeberg

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