BBC makes a show of Euro 2000

BBC Resources design team has created a title sequence for the BBC’s coverage of Euro 2000, which starts on Saturday, combining masters of European Football with Flemish masters of art.

Developed by graphic producer Stephen Venning and designers Victor Martinez and Sandra Nicholson, the sequence opens with an exterior shot of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.

“By taking advantage of locations such as the famous Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, the team set up a fictional exhibition,” says a BBC spokeswoman. “It commissioned models, sculptures and paintings, and with the use of in-camera physical effects, and post production trickery, the spirit of football brought the exhibition to life.”

The animated paintings, in the style of Magritte and Mondrian, evolve to reveal current and archive footage of various European footballers including England’s Alan Shearer, David Beckham and Paul Gascoigne, Raul from Spain and German captain Olivier Bierhoff.

“However, perhaps the highlight of the piece is the table football players, which have been brought to life with the use of character animated 3D,” she adds.

The 60-second sequence ends with an evening exterior shot of the Rijksmuseum, with the Euro 2000 logo projected on to the building, though the scene was actually shot during the early hours of the morning.

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