THEON International teams up with Magenta Films to stage a pitch-dark pitstop with F1’s top team
Performing a pitstop is no small feat, let alone accomplishing it in total darkness. When Magenta Films joined forces with Red Bull Racing to present the world’s first pitstop in total darkness, a hurdle arose: how would it be filmed in total darkness and how would everyone be kept safe? THEON International accepted the challenge and provided a solution specifically tailored to the needs of the project.
Red Bull Racing’s pitstop crew is famous for its fastest pitstops, so the idea was born that it could excel even in the dark! It took months of testing with infrared lights and cameras, as well as with THEON’s night vision instruments (NVG): NYX and MIKRON. THEON NVGs were mounted on custom made helmets worn by the driver, Front & Rear Jackmen and Chief Engineer to enable them to be fully aware in the dark ensuring safety measures. One of THEON’s engineers, Ioannis Livadaros, was present during filming to guarantee the optimal fit of the NYX & MIKRON and demonstrate how to use the NVGs to the crew.
“We are proud that THEON has been selected since last May to be featured in Red Bull Racing’s global spot, which always causes a sensation for its innovative approach. This is a spot that signals the dynamics and high quality of THEON’s night vision systems. Our participation in this amazing venture has given us a new perspective on how champions work together to achieve the ultimate goal! Obstacles must be overcome and at THEON we do it in the most innovative way”, added Ioannis Livadaros, Technical Project Manager, THEON SENSORS.
While we could explain the concept in three lines, finding ways to make the production and filming process technically feasible was much more difficult. Of course, the jackmen and the driver wore night vision gear to make the pit stop safely, but we had at least 30 crew members on set who needed to see to do their jobs. THEON helped us overcome this obstacle and their help came through the Netherlands, Greece and all over Europe. Admittedly, without their speed and ingenuity, it would have been much more difficult to achieve. THEON was, to speak in terms of F1 machinery, one of the cogs in the machine that enabled the team to function”, Marc Bodeman, Executive Producer, Magenta Films.
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