Everyday and Elite Athletes Can't Be Stopped In Nike Anthem Directed By Oscar Hudson For W+K

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Robert Goldrich
Friday, Jul. 31, 2020

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This Nike film titled “You Can’t Stop Us” shows how, in the face of unprecedented challenges, the power of sport still inspires. We have not stopped needing sport and it continues to be a source of inspiration, showing the world what’s possible when we come together.

Narrated by Megan Rapinoe, U.S. soccer star, two-time World Cup Champion and equality activist, the film shares a dynamic split screen series detailing 36 pairings of athletes and relating the kinetic movement of one sport to another.

The collective of everyday and elite athletes includes Rapinoe, Serena Williams, LeBron James, Colin Kaepernick, Naomi Osaka, Simone Biles, Eliud Kipchoge, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Kylian Mbappé

Developed through research of over 4,000 individual pieces of footage, the resulting montage underscores commonalities shared by athletes around the world, highlighting connections and unity we may not always see, and shows the platform that sport provides for athletes from all levels and all walks of life to raise their voice, advocate for change and stand up for our communities. 

“Players may be back on the pitch, but we are not going back to an old normal. We need to continue to reimagine this world and make it better,” said Rapinoe. “We have all these people in the streets, using their voices, and those voices are being heard. I ask people to be energized by this moment and not let up. I believe it’s everybody’s responsibility to advocate for change.”

Oscar Hudson of Pulse Films directed the 90-second film.

Credits

Client Nike Agency Wieden + Kennedy Portland Jason Bagley, Eric Baldwin, executive creative directors; Alberto Ponte, Ryan O’Rourke, creative directors; Dylan Lee, copywriter; Naoki Ga, art director;  Matt Hunnicutt, director of production; Jake Grand, Krystle Mortimore, executive producers; Katie McCain, Byron T. Oshiro, sr. producers; Samson Selam, Shani Storey, associate producers; Saba Spencer, David Ramirez, creative operations managers; Andy Lindblade, Paula Bloodworth, global group strategy directors; Nathan Goldberg, AJ Blumenthal, brand strategy directors. Production Company Pulse Films Oscar Hudson, director; Logan Triplett, DP; Darren Foldes, Davud Karbassioun, exec producers; Hillary Rogers, managing director; Dennis Beier, line producer. Editorial JOINT Peter Wiedensmith, Jessica Baclesse, editors; Jasmine McCullough, JC Nunez, cutting assistants; Charlie Harrington, Kris Faris, Luke Buckley, assistant editors; Ben Corbin, Damian Riddell, After Effects; Izzie Raitt, footage researcher; Leslie Carthy, post exec producer; Kathleen Russell, post producer; Aubree VanDercar, postproduction coordinator. VFX a52 Patrick Murphy, VFX supervisor. Color a52 Daniel De Vue, colorist. Music Daylight by Cowboys in Japan Sound Design & Mix JOINT Noah Woodburn, sound designer, audio mixer.

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