Cut to a packed soccer stadium at night. The energy is palpable, feels more akin to a gladiator match than a typical contemporary sporting event. The epic scale of the thousands of spectators will be seamlessly achieved in post with crowd matching and duplication of our practical fans.
The match is about to start. But instead of kicking the ball an adrenaline-filled player on the field points at someone in the stands. Like moved by an invisible force, suddenly the enormous crowd of fans parts en masse to form an aisle in a scale we haven’t seen since the last Pope was inaugurated. And from a distance we see a single small boy, wearing his team’s colors, hesitantly step out and descend from the bleachers towards the field. This kid is a die-hard fan. He’s been born and raised on soccer. The camera feels elements of his excited hands and eyes in close up.