Athletes dressed in black were shot in a studio lined with an arc of 20 remote-controlled rotating mirrors, each edged with coloured lighting.
Holman + Hunt's Richard Holman says that the idea was based on the fact that Canal+ visual branding is "all about the real world made abstract. so, knowing that, and wanting to do something that wasn't the usual mash up of high speed photography and soulless CG, we started looking at a few references which seemed right."
Holman + Hunt and DBLG worked with UVA to create the 20 rotating mirrors used on the shoot, each of which has LED lighting along its edges, controlled using a D3 rig. This making-of film explains more:
Holman + Hunt
Creative Director: Richard Homan
Exec Producer: Lucy Hunt
Director: Grant Gilbert
Lead designer: Marcel Piekarski
Producer: Natalie Greenwood
Artistic director: Oliver Schaack
Design director: Olivier Degrave
Producer: Pascal Edy
Offline: Matt Chodan @ Gorilla
Set design: United Visual Artists
Composition and audio design: Echoic