1963 is a landmark historical year. 50 years ago, America was in upheaval when President John F. Kennedy was asssassinated, Alfred Hitchcock introduced a new take on terror with his film "The Birds," and The Beatles were at the height of their popularity, touring around the U.K. from gig to gig in a van. This new video commissioned by Jonathan Clyde at Apple Records and created out of Passion Pictures weaves together classic footage from that time to illustrate the iconic band's rise to stardom and promote The Beatles' new release "On Air -- Live at the BBC Volume 2," a follow up to the band's "1994's Live at the BBC."
Passion Pictures Creative Director Pete Candeland, who previously worked with the band for its videogame release for Harmonix's Rockband, oversaw the project, directed by Lee Gingold and Giles Dill. Along with the historical footage, the video incorporates a variety of animated elements, from grainy trip reenactments to colorful embellishments in classic scenes -- juxtaposed with The Beatles' cover of Buddy Holly's "Words of Love," a song that in lent itself easily to the story of the Beatles' rise to fame. "We felt that this song really helped us tell the story of 'the rise of The Beatles," said Passion NYC Executive Producer Belinda Blacklock in a statement.