Many of you reading this will remember the BBC’s closing video to the 2015 Formula One season. The song ‘Coming Home’ by Sigma and Rita Ora played over in the background and featured three painters (meant to represent Suzi Perry, Eddie Jordan and David Coulthard) painting walls around a disused factory to depict the season just gone.
As a closer, I thoroughly enjoyed it and thought it was one of BBC’s best efforts. For those that don’t remember, have a watch:
Then, have a watch of this video for the artist SOFLES, released in November 2013.
Notice a resemblance? You’re not the only one. The director behind the ‘Limitless’ music video Selina Miles has written a Facebook post about it. Mainly directed at Nike for a separate infringement, Miles also says: “I was emailed by someone from the BBC about this project, and I replied with some rough schedule dates and never heard again. Copied from their email: ‘I have been very impressed with your graffiti films and your use of hyper time-lapse and stop frame techniques and was wondering if you would be able to help us on a project. I understand that the practicalities of this could be impossible as you are Brisbane based but I work on the BBC’s coverage of Formula 1 motor racing. We are always looking for different ways to close the end of the season and bring together some of the many great images we’ve experienced. I saw the films you have done with Sofles and loved them.’”
The story has been picked up by The Guardian. In it, they say that a BBC spokeswoman “said they had not received any communication from Miles regarding the accusation and as such would not provide comment.” I would not be surprised if there are a lot of subtle examples of this out there. Inevitably, those within the sporting world and beyond find inspiration from a variety of different sources. It is just that in this instance it appears to be a more obvious than other examples, which is why we are hearing about it in the press.