Volvo stacks trucks (and its president) on top of each other in latest stunt film

Forsman & Bodenfors and Andreas Nilsson return with another live test

Published On
Feb 27, 2020

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Volvo Trucks' Epic Split, with its award-winning combination of Jean-Claude Van Damme, Enya and a couple of parallel trucks, is probably the brand's most famous, mind-boggling stunt in its "Live Test" series. 

But even without the action hero, the brand continues to dream up more antics few would want to try at home. In its latest effort from Forsman & Bodenfors, Volvo Trucks has tapped its president Roger Alm to be its stuntman.

A dramatic video depicts a massive vehicle beast—a tower of four Volvo trucks stacked atop each other, driving down the road through a thunderstorm and stalked by wolves. It then reveals Alm in heroic form, standing atop them all (somewhat reminding us of Sauron in "Lord of the Rings"). Like "Epic Split," it's directed by Andreas Nilsson, via Bacon. The music is "Conquest of Paradise," by Vangelis.

The film promotes the launch of Volvo Trucks' heavy duty range in Europe, which includes the Volvo FH, Volvo FH16, Volvo FM and Volvo FMX—what the brand says is its biggest ever launch. It was shot in late 2019 on a testing ground outside Volvo’s hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo states that the truck tower and the majority of the visual effects are real, including the smoke and lights. You can see that, and more, in the behind-the-scenes film, below.

”It took about a month to design and build the tower and make sure it was safe to drive. Essentially, this was made possible thanks to the sturdy construction truck, the Volvo FMX, and its new 38-tonne bogie being able to carry the weight of the others. But it also required a steady speed and course, accomplished by the Volvo Dynamic Steering technology and a skilled truck driver,” said Markus Wikström, engineer at Volvo Trucks and part of the engineering team behind the tower, in a statement.

It seems that death-defying stunts have become something of job requirement for Volvo Trucks execs. In 2013, the company's then-president Claes Nilsson also dared to stand on top of a truck—but that one was dangling in the sky from a giant crane.

 

 
 

Credits

Date
Feb 27, 2020
Client:
Volvo Trucks
Agency:
Forsman & Bodenfors
Client:
Jonas Jademyr
Client:
Bruna Araujo
Client Director:
Cilla Pegelow
Account Director:
Ann Spennare Bengtsson
Account Manager:
Britta Nilsson
Art Director:
Mattias Berg
Art Director:
Jose]in Roxeheim
Copywriter:
Olle Langseth
Copywriter:
Hampus Elfström
PR Strategist:
Bjarne Darwall
Designer:
Jerry Wass
Planner:
Daniel Sjöstrand
Agency Producer:
Lena Sellman
Digital Strategist:
Peter Gaudiano
Media/PR agency:
Verizon
Production Company:
Bacon
Post Production:
Bacon X
Music:
Vangelis - Conquest of Paradise
Director:
Andreas Nilsson
Managing Director:
Mette Jermiin
Executive Producer:
Samuel Cantor
Producer:
Karl Wettre
Line Producer:
Jakob Berlin
Coordinator:
Danielle Ekblad
1st AD:
Robert Diment
2nd AD :
Ronald Meier
Director of Photography:
Jakob Ihre
Key Grip:
Emil Hall
Gaffer:
Nils Wallin
Prop Master:
Zeke Söderlund
Motion Control Operator:
Allan O. Lükow
Stylist:
Natalie Olenheim
Stunts:
Seth Ericson
Editor:
Peter Brandt
Sound Design:
Adrian Aurelius
Head of PR:
Lasse Cato
Focus Puller:
Daniel Wannberg
Drone Operator:
Daniel Casselby
SFX Supervisor:
Johan Hamesk
Edit Assistant:
Nikolaj Dahl
VFX & COLOR:
Bacon X
VFX Supervisor:
Jonas Drehn
VFX Supervisor:
Jan Tvilling
Executive Post Producer:
Eliana Carranza-Pitcher
VFX Producer:
Louise Bejerholm
Colorist:
Hannibal Lang
Colorist:
Søren Gamborg Knudsen
Concept Artist:
Ditte Marie Ludvigsen
Previs Artist:
Tom Crate
Previs Artist:
David Lessel
CG Artist:
Arthur Dalvig
CG Artist:
David Lessel
CG Artist:
Mats Andersson
CG Artist:
Gemma Aliaga Costa
CG Artist:
Erik Sundkvist
Comp Artist:
Mario Maruska
Comp Artist:
Mikkel Hansen
Comp Artist:
Jacob Carlsson
Comp Artist:
Oliver Buus
Comp Artist:
Kai Hauswirth
Media Strategist:
Sara Björnung
Still Image Photographer:
Patrik Johäll
Photograph Studio:
Superstudio
Behind the scenes film and images:
Spoon

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