Crystal CG’s London 2012 Velodrome film

Just in case simply being inside the 2012 Olympic Velodrome is not exciting enough, a Tron-inspired animation by Crystal CG set to a specially created Chemical Brothers track is being used to whet the crowd’s appetite before each session

Just in case simply being inside the 2012 Olympic Velodrome is not exciting enough, a Tron-inspired animation by Crystal CG set to a specially created Chemical Brothers track is being used to whet the crowd’s appetite before each session

Crystal CG is, along with the LOCOG sports presentation team, responsible for all the on-screen graphics and animations at the 2012 Olympics, as well as being the company behind the animated sequences in the opening ceremony (about which we will blog more tomorrow).

One of its tasks was to create intro sequences for the big screens in each venue in order to get the crowd going before sessions begin. For the Velodrome film, a team of animators, designers and compositors working under film and animation creative director Darren Groucutt, produced the following, which incorporates architects’ renderings of the Velodrome designed with a core visual reference from the brief uppermost – Tron.

The Chemical Brothers track was commissioned as part of LOCOG’s Rock the Games programme and is one of five official songs composed for the Games – the others being by Muse, Elton John vs Pnau, Delphic and Dizzee Rascal.


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  • that is nuts

  • Mark

    Wolf Olins came in for a lot of stick for their logo but it’s certainly set in place a really distinct looking games, which everyone currently seems to be living pretty happily with.

    Great credit to them that this video is crazy and brilliant, yet entirely fitting with London 2012.

  • Viewed on a screen the size of a house, music pumping out of a million watt P.A. system, in anticipation of a gladiatorial battle for gold in this 21st century colosseum, the animation would make 6,000 hearts race. It’s all about context.

  • Wow…just wow

  • K-S-T

    They should do a video like this for all the Olympic Sites because this is so visually stunning. I’m blown away. Credit where due!

  • We know all the branding for the olympics is well wrong, but at least this tune kicks the but! There’s loads of gold raining down. COME ON BRITAIN!!!!!

  • jeffrey

    Them Brothers sure did rip of Kraftwerk in a bad way, with a slight helping of Daft Punk. The video seems also to fit into Kraftwerks imagery (look at their live shows. I don’t know if one can call this a homage, as I think this is rather poor, both the song and the visuals.

  • Do we not all get board of who riped who!! I know I did. Influence is influence. As long as we are all building some thing beautiful who the smudging gives a tit!! Actually I didn’t really like this work I but it does show how far we traveled and what is to come is probably mind blowing! So good going, well done! :)

  • Fran

    Initial what-the-hells about the identity have been thrown aside now that we’ve seen just how well the system has flexed across the huge number of different platforms it’s been expected to straddle.

    It’s a bit eccentric, yes, but isn’t that what Britain’s all about? Ultimately it kicks ass. Looks punchy, contemporary, energetic – and above all, FUN. We’ve played a blinder all round, really. Good job to all Teams of GB involved.

  • Awesome.. no words :)