Inside the ice rink the lights go out, the spotlights shine, the plasma screens flicker to life, and the Opener plays....

This is the Opener for the Manchester Phoenix pro ice hockey team, used for the 2009-2010 season. It played before each home game, showing on 15 crowd-angled plasma screens with audio going through a 20-speaker PA system.

Directed, Produced and Edited by Richard Allan on Final Cut Pro.

Game footage shot by the match night crew (many of whom are current or recent Staffordshire University students).
Graphics generated in Final Cut Pro, Motion and Livetype (as well as some design elements from Phoenix's PR staff).
On-ice specially shot footage that was filmed with the involvement of players from the Altrincham Aardvarx recreational ice hockey team.

The music is an instrumental version of Nickelback's "Burn It To The Ground", copyright remains with original holders.

Copyright for this Opener rests with Richard Allan and Manchester Phoenix IHC

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