What makes a racehorse so unique?
Moments before the Investec Derby, as the jockeys were legged-up and cantered towards the start, a short film by Equine Productions, commissioned especially for the Investec Derby Festival, was displayed across all screens at Epsom Downs Racecourse, and showcased on the ITV Racing opening show. Formed by nature, refined by breeding and shaped by training, the film takes the thoroughbred as an elite athlete, looking closely at the science behind its power and the attributes needed to win the Epsom Derby – the supreme test.
Watch the film here:
In the lead up to the Investec Derby Festival, EP also created a four-part series of short teaser films showcasing the anatomy of the racehorse. Each teaser – head, heart, lungs and legs – puts the spotlight on the areas of confirmation that enable racehorses to perform. For example, racehorse tendons are 20 times better at storing energy than a steel spring and they are capable of 0-40 mph in only six strides.
The EP team are soon to release a behind-the-scenes video to highlight some of the technical features used for the film and four-part series. This includes a close-up look at an underwater housing and how it was used, slow motion pictures at 240 frames-per-second, and how a gimbal was utilised to obtain the slow motion shots at the long end of the lens. Newbury Racecourse was chosen as the location as it offers the perfect environment to obtain the shots for the creative.
With thanks to Sir Mark Prescott for kindly offering his wonderful yard facilities to assist in filming; Eddie Butler for his off-camera commentary; Bryony Jackson on behalf of Palace House for her help with the statistics; Clark of the Course at Newbury Racecourse Richard Osgood; and to Pat Shannahan for the specially composed music accompanying the film.
It has been a pleasure for the team to create a bespoke piece for the Investec Derby Festival and film during the festival in advance of the 2019 Investec Derby promotional film.
Equestrian Team GBR
EP get ready as the countdown begins ahead of the FEI World Equestrian Games
On behalf of Equestrian Team GBR, EP is currently working on some exciting new content ahead of a summer campaign in the countdown to the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon later this year. Showcasing five of the eight FEI equestrian disciplines – eventing, dressage, para-dressage, showjumping and vaulting – the original content will provide an insight into each discipline whilst promoting the equestrian sport on a larger scale.
EP is taking a fresh angle on the content for universal reach, aiming both to engage the core fan-base and educate new audiences about the equestrian sport.
Watch this space – more to follow shortly!