Project Overview

In late Spring 2022, we received an enquiry from Social Chain, the innovative social media agency representing Manchester City F.C. and Puma. They asked us to create a blockbuster drone light display in time for Man City to win the Premiership.

We accepted this novel challenge, excited to take on the task of creating a unique spectacle for an epic event and a truly global audience, using breathtaking drone art captured through evocative cinematography.

The Process

As we began the animation design process in our Frome office, the team hurried off to film in Man City’s iconic Etihad Stadium.

Permissions granted, the lights were switched on especially for Celestial, so that we could film in the hallowed arena. The team captured spectacular cinematic shots of the stadium, and we were ready to stage a groundbreaking drone celebration in a unique format.

With the display filmed, we headed into post-production, transforming footage of our 300-drone show into an out-of-this-world spectacular for Man City’s Premier League victory.

The music was added and merged with original recordings of Man City fans to draw together the narrative of the display and evoke the jubilation of the occasion. Suddenly, we had a brand new piece of magnificent drone art produced in record time.

With the support of our amazing digital, social, and P.R. teams behind us, the film was finished and ready in time to launch on the big day.

We all watched the match with bated breath, fingers and toes tightly crossed. Then, with the final blow of the whistle, it was celebration time for the Man City team. The Celestial team also felt like winners as we watched our drones triumphantly light up the sky above the Etihad Stadium.

Man City drone show
Man City drone show

Final thoughts and thanks

Celestial is delighted to have created one of the most viewed pieces of content in the history of Man City.

We’re proud to have taken on the challenge of producing a fitting celebration for the Man City Premier League victory.

We are super grateful to Social Chain, Man City, and Puma for choosing us to create a momentous display for the champions of such a prestigious sporting event. We’d like to extend huge thanks, as usual, to our fearless team.

A big shout out to Man City and their supporters for their historic win!

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