Catesby Tunnel is a disused Victorian railway tunnel in Northamptonshire, first built in 1897 and redeveloped from 2017 by Aero Research Partners and TotalSim into an aerodynamic test facility for road and race cars. For the tunnel’s re-opening and launch, we were commissioned to create a dramatic, bespoke film to live on the website and introduce the tunnel to newcomer customers in under two minutes.
For this film the brief was to deliver something sleek and dramatic. We started with a recce to the site and discussed the film’s key messages with the client that we would need to convey – a prime location, a unique vehicle testing facility, a repurposed Victorian railway tunnel, 2.7km long with a constant gradient, private and discreet, and a versatile and adaptable site to conduct experiments with repeatable conditions. The site was however still under construction, and we quickly realised the main difficulty would be to avoid showing anything that was either not yet complete or the extensive machinery which would eventually be gone. “Hope you like a challenge” we were told… and we do!