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Gazza stars in Orillo Films’ Rangers FC Christmas ad

York’s Orillo Films has worked with Agency Boldpace to help bring a Christmas advert to life for Scottish giants Rangers Football Club.

The film stars fans alongside players past and present in a coming together that demonstrates the club as one big family this holiday. The film’s big ending sees Rangers Legend Paul Gascoigne, sporting a Rangers Christmas jumper, bringing in a big pile of presents as the whole team cheers in celebration.

Filmed over one day in Glasgow in early October using a single location house, Orillo transformed the set into a perfect Christmas scene full of Rangers memorabilia. Three family members were cast as ‘fans’ and the footballers were the current players of both the mens and women’s team and also past club members.

Using talent gave Director Chris Kirtley a chance to add little narrative into the spot without taking up too much time for the demanding schedule of the footballers. DP Jordan Clarke gave the piece a warm and christmasy feel, with the use of crash zooms and whips to help the comedic moments land in the post stages.

Orillo Films co-founder Keenan Foley said: “[It] was a great project to be part of, from seeing the script I knew this would be a piece that would be well received by fans as well as anyone that loved Paul Gascoigne. The biggest challenge was we had only an 90 minutes with our large cast of footballers, so when in the prep stages we had to ensure our filming location was close to the training ground and could accommodate the cast, crew and footballers all at once.

“The team did an amazing job of turning the house into Christmas scene in a relatively short period of time and our goal was to make this rival all the Christmas Adverts so the quality needed to match.”

Nick Ford-Young, co-CEO at Boldspace, added: “Rangers is a club with a truly rich heritage and the strength of togetherness throughout the organisation was obvious from the moment we started working with the team. The merging of fans, current players and past legends was central to demonstrating this deep-rooted culture the club has, while joining the nostalgia of old with the excitement of today has created a production we knew would resonate with fans young and old across both men’s and women’s teams.”

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