VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country and the exclusive cable television home of the Tour de France in the U.S., enlisted Zoic Studios to help the network re-design and implement a new graphic approach to promote the network’s tenth year of Tour coverage under the banner “The Most Epic Race Ever.”

The key directive, as envisioned by Tripp Dixon – Vice President of Creative Services for VERSUS, was to highlight the inherit drama and heroic aspect of the race. The other goal was to provide the network with an updated toolkit flexible enough to accommodate ongoing rapid-fire coverage at all stages of the race with plenty of production value and visual interest.

Building on the existing brand elements, Zoic Creative retained the basic color scheme (black and white with yellow highlights and text, representative of the leader’s jersey) and the preexisting logo. The campaign was built around the tagline, “The Most Epic Race Ever,” so the promos needed to simultaneously express drama, honor the tradition and extol the inherent beauty of the race. Accordingly, “Fracture” was designed using a “photogrammatic” effect that allowed Zoic Design to create “scenes” for the Graphic backplates – shots of the road, going over mountains, cobblestones, and French country lanes. In the launch spot, the road is the adversary, as much a challenger as the racers in the pack.

To build tension and drama, as well as hearken back to the longstanding tradition of the Tour, the design elements employ a yellow “fracture” effect that allude to the punishment that riders experience on the tour; their muscles pushed to the point of tearing.

VERSUS SVP: Bill Begofin ECD: Tripp Dixon CD: Louis Tumolo Director Operations: Stephanie Jandoli Coordinator: Joe Nash Producer: Ray Worsdale Editor: Christopher McGlynn Audio: Nick Sjostrom (Clean Cuts) Zoic Studios Creative Director: Derich Wittliff Producer: Beth Elder Executive Producer: Miles Dinsmoor Designers: Derich Wittliff, Allen Donhauser Animators: Allen Donhauser, Ryan Zunkley Coordinator: Adam Reeb Platforms: Cinema 4D, AfterEffects
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