Nissan Europe approached the Kingdom Creative team in search of full service video production to support the reveal of their innovative concept car, the Nissan Navara Dark Sky, at the Hannover Motor Show.

From the initial concept, through to storyboarding, our specialist team worked closely alongside the client throughout the entire full service video production process.

The car was developed in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the concept functions as a mobile astronomy lab, featuring a world-leading, observatory-class telescope on a bespoke off-road trailer. ESA is mapping the stars with unprecedented precision using the Gaia satellite, which has already observed more than a billion stars.

Our talented crew spent four spectacular, yet challenging days at Llyn Brenig reservoir in the heart of Denbigh Moors, Wales. As a certified Dark Sky location, it was absolutely paramount that the conditions were perfect to ensure a clear sky and unlock the true potential of the telescope.

The film was shot in key sequences throughout day, dusk and night, using our RED Digital Cinema Camera and Cine lens package to achieve a high-end cinematic image with a documentary feel. Our DJI Inspire 2 was used for the aerial sequences captured near the reservoir. The necessity for complete darkness presented a unique challenge, with our camera and lenses operating at the very limit of usable light.

This was one of the fastest turnaround RED projects we’ve ever had, with the show looming, we had mere days to produce and deliver an exceptional film to be shown on a very large display screen at the launch event.

The final result was extremely well received by all, achieving significant press coverage for the Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept.