On Chronicles Dutch-Ghanaian Athlete’s Sporting Journey

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Director Richard Bullock‘s philosophy concerning creativity within the sports activities business is to maintain the superhero style away from describing athletes. But, in directing the story of Swiss sportswear firm On‘s newest advert, Bullock “finally gave in and went for it” just because “Akwasi’s story lent itself so on to the notion of a superhero.”

In search of to encourage the following era of athletes, the award-winning filmmaker checked out Dutch-Ghanian skeleton athlete Akwasi Frimpong‘s skill to by no means quit in following his goals, growing a 10-minute-long video about ardour, dedication, laborious work, and perseverance. It chronicles the sporting journey of the skeleton athlete who didn’t quit on reaching his targets, not even when some obstacles unexpectedly appeared alongside the way in which.

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Resilience — that’s the superpower the athlete has up his sleeve, ambitiously working in pursuing his Olympic dream of bringing a medal residence; an aspiration that he holds not only for himself however for a whole continent as effectively, for “a billion of Africans who’ve been informed their goals aren’t doable.” Written within the type of a graphic novel, Frimpong’s outstanding story is narrated by a child, for whom the athlete is a superb supply of inspiration and somebody whom he admires tremendously.

Produced by Hungry Man Manufacturing, the “Black Ice” spot required greater than six months of laborious work and consists of scenes shot in varied areas throughout Europe and Africa. As a substitute of narrating the sportsman’s journey by adopting a docu-style strategy, the group settled on delivering a narrative that’s resulted from a novel mixture of live-action footage with graphic design and animation.

“As a substitute of a script or storyboard, I wrote down his story within the type of a graphic novel. I handed that to Dean Mortensen, my illustrator who was tasked with bringing it to life as a graphic novel,” mentioned Bullock. “The guide itself, which was animated by Brett McManus for the movie, grew to become a personality within the movie, and it compelled the filmmakers to suppose otherwise about all elements of the manufacturing. ‘It’s uncomfortable and new for all of us,’ was the response. In all probability what Akwasi felt like the primary time he slid head-first down an ice run at 90mph.”

“‘Black Ice’ contains a extremely authentic storytelling method that’s the sum of its dwell motion and drawn components that’s hardly ever seen in a filmed manufacturing of this nature,” continued Feliciano Robayna, Government Producer and Head of Sports activities Advertising and marketing at On. “For a very long time, Akwasi’s dream was merely to make it to the Olympics. Regardless of all of the setbacks, he quickly noticed the facility of his achievements and what they might imply for Africa. He was not competing just for himself or a rustic, however for a whole continent.”

The video follows the footsteps of Frimpong, from impressing his neighbors in Ghana by his quick operating to drawing former Olympian Sammy Monsels’ consideration, who lit the Olympic flame inside the athlete. Whereas coaching for the 2012 London Olympics, he suffered an ankle accident, placing his massive dream in jeopardy. However making it to the Video games is one thing that the athlete tirelessly fights for thus he turned to a distinct sort of sport: skeleton. He targeted on his new expertise and certified for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Frimpong is the primary Black male skeleton athlete in Olympic historical past and likewise the primary African athlete to win an elite skeleton race. Sadly, an an infection with COVID-19 has put his Olympic dream on pause, stopping him from qualifying for Beijing 2022.

Someplace in Africa, two youngsters, a boy and a woman are operating to catch the bus. Whereas on their seats, the boy takes a comic book guide out of his backpack. Seeing the guide, the woman turns into curious and begins asking questions on what’s it about. Though he believes she received’t discover it fascinating, he begins studying from it, instantly capturing his colleague’s consideration. However we’re fairly positive it would have the identical optimistic impact on the viewers as effectively…


Consumer: On Operating

Starring: Akwasi Frimpong


On Operating


Government Producer: Feliciano Robayna

Producer: Gessica Giulini


Manufacturing Firm: Hungry Man

Director: Richard Bullock

Government Producer: Matt Buels

Producer: Hannah Stone

Producer: Jack Beardsley

Illustration: Dean Mortensen

Animation: Brett McManus & Machines of Loving Grace


DOP: Theo Tennant

DOP: Devin Toselli


South African Unit:

Manufacturing Firm: Gatehouse


Austrian Unit:

Manufacturing Firm: Artistic Creatures


Put up Manufacturing: Heckler

Lead Editor: Andrew Holmes

Artistic Producer: Coralie Tapper

Government Producer: Will Alexander

Credit Movement Graphics: Maud Chapuis

Edit Help: Daniel Web page

Colourist: Fergus Rotherham


Music & Sound: Heckler Sound

Rerecording Mixer: Dave Robertson

Composer: Dustin Lau

Government Producer: Bonnie Legislation


PR: Elliott Stares

PR: Jessica Hartley