“The Big Night” is Sainsbury’s Christmas 2018 advert. Starring an eight year old star giving the performance of her life, all for her mum. Directed by Michael Gracey, the director of The Greatest Showman. The Show tells the story of the North Star overcoming her nerves to deliver a performance of a lifetime, to the amazement of mum. She isupported by a huge cast of 59 kids aged 6-11, all dressed as a variety of Christmas staples - including a turkey drummer and set of Christmas lights (plug included). The cast all dance and sing along as the stage transforms to reveal a 40ft Christmas tree and a 14ft glitter-filled gravy boat. The children’s real parents were featured in the crowd too, and were intentionally kept away from the castings and rehearsals until shoot day.
I worked for the lovely people of nineteentwenty on this beautiful XMAS TVC, by creating cloth, sparks, confetti and smoke FX.
Houdini FX TD: Georgios Papaioannou