Tasked with bringing this heady world authentically to the big screen, we worked from early in pre-production, carefully previs’ing each race and poring over all available archive footage to help orchestrate the live action. In fact, we were able to incorporate a small amount of archive material in the final movie, after careful clean up and matchmove, using story-relevant cars in the live archive footage.
Our work included painstakingly recreating nine famous racetracks from around the world (many of which no longer exist) in the correct period setting and correct weather conditions: including Crystal Palace in England, Nurburgring in Germany and Fuji in Japan.
As well as recreating the tracks themselves, we worked to extend set pieces filmed in the UK, to be parts of the racetrack environments (e.g. pit locations) to add track ‘flavour’. On modern tracks you cannot get close to the track for safety reasons, but in the 1970s crowds were always dangerously close to the action. We added in crowds, props, vehicles and general environment dressing around the loctions to recreate the colourful, vibrant feel of the 70s.