Title: Shell Helix Ultra – Performance in Extreme Conditions
Duration: 0:01:50 minutes
Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus technology is designed to help your car’s engine perform its best, even in extreme conditions. Here we see a dad driving as fast as he can through the extreme conditions of a hot, dusty and dangerous construction site to get home in time for his daughter’s birthday.
Shell Helix Ultra – Performance in Extreme Conditions Transcript
The film opens with a shot of the blank façade of a house. We slowly zoom in to the door, which cracks open all by itself to give us a glimpse of some children’s party balloons.
Before we can make out what’s going on, we cut quickly to see a car driving rapidly around a construction site. Through a series of quick cuts, we understand that this is an environment full of dangers: we see pipes tumbling; a wrecking ball swing past; dust fills the air.
Again, before we can quite work out what’s going on, we cut to a new scene. A man – our hero – is strolling casually along a city street, busy with cars and people.
All of a sudden, he realizes the time and holds up his arm to look at his watch. On the stark analogue face, we can see clearly that it’s nearly quarter to twelve. In a panic, we see him turn and run back the way he has come. We see him dodge traffic to cross the road and pull open the door to his gleaming red 4-wheel-drive car. We see him hit the ignition button and hear the engine roar into life.
We see a plume of white light burst through a dark liquid. This light morphs seamlessly into a golden molecular structure that quickly expands to fill the screen.
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We see the hard golden molecules melt and run across a metal surface – this is the sophisticated Shell chemical engineering becoming pure, golden engine oil. From deep within the engine, we see pistons pump faster and faster, lubricated by Shell Helix Ultra.
We cut to a shot of the back of our hero’s red car as it accelerates off down the road. To frantic music, we see him racing to his appointment.
But no sooner has he set off than he runs into heavy traffic. We see the concentration in his face as he tries to edge his way forward through the cars, but in a shot from the air we see that it is pointless: he is trapped; surrounded by five lanes of stationary traffic.
From outside the car, we look in on our hero. It’s hot. He’s sweating and frustrated. In concern, he looks at his watch again and in an extreme close-up we can see that time is ticking by: it’s now just seven minutes to twelve.
We see him trying to work out how he’s going to get out of this situation when a beam of light falls across his face. Squinting out of the window, he sees a gap in a roadside fence giving on to a construction site. A huge, rusting container has been hoisted up by a crane, opening up a space through which he could drive.
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In a moment he makes his decision. He wrenches his steering wheel to the left and powers into the construction site.
We cut to a close-up of our hero. We can see his determination to make it to his appointment. The camera shakes as he races over the uneven ground.
In an aerial shot, we can see the environment into which he has driven: a dusty, dirty field, full of shipping containers, construction material and workers. We see the car rush past piles of girders.
We cut to a shot of a huge truck, pulling out from behind a shipping container. We cut back to our driver, who spots the danger and swerves around the front of the truck in a cloud of dust.
He speeds on through the gap between two shipping containers. We cut to a shot of a third container, held suspended from a crane by steel wires. Suddenly, a wire snaps and we see the look of fear on the crane operator’s face. The container crashes to the ground, in the space through which our driver has just raced, narrowly missing him.
We see him continue his way through the construction site, racing past a worker who turns in surprise at seeing him here. All of a sudden he pulls to an abrupt stop, skidding his car so it sits backing onto a stack of steel pipes. We cut back to the worker, who turns with a look of alarm as he sees more steel pipes tumble onto the stack. Unconcerned, focused only getting to his appointment, we see our driver put his car into reverse and drive backwards up the stack of pipes. We see workers look on in amazement.
At the peak of the pile, we see our driver carefully reverse onto a kind of steel frame, suspended from a crane. As he is hoisted high into the air, we cut to a shot of his watch: it’s now five to twelve.
We see the car spin gently, hanging from the crane, taking in a panoramic view of the construction site and the city beyond. We see our driver take his bearings and work out in which direction to drive. And then, as the steel frame is lowered back down onto a pile of sand, we see him narrow his eyes in determination and accelerate off the frame, bouncing down the sandy slope to the ground.
As he races on through the construction site, we see a wrecking ball swing towards the car. Our driver makes it past just in time, and the huge steel ball swings behind the car and into the wall of a building. As he continues to speed through the site, we see him checking his rear view mirror for the wrecking ball. We see it swing down once again. It barely misses the front of the car this time, and as we see it strike the wall of a building, we realize that the car is following in its wake.
We cut to a shot of the building’s outside wall, momentarily still before the wrecking ball punches through it in a cloud of dust and rubble. Through it all bounces our car.
With a shot from the air, we see that our driver has managed to cross the construction site and emerge safely on the other side, to continue his journey. Another close-up of his watch reveals that it is now just 30 seconds to twelve.
We see a calm, still shot down a residential alleyway. From the far-end, our driver turns in, driving towards us to a stop. We see that the car is now filthy; mud-spattered and covered in dust. A metaphor for the condition of the engine after enduring these extreme driving conditions.
He stops the car and our adrenalized driver climbs out, looking worn.
Now we see the same door that we saw in the very first shot. It is pushed open wider and a little girl jumps out in her party dress, holding the balloons we’d glimpsed earlier. She’s followed by her mother, who is also dressed for an occasion. We see the joy on their faces as they see who has pulled up.
As our hero picks up his little girl in a hug, he looks back at his car covered in dust and mud. From a point of view shot, we zoom into the bonnet and travel as if through it, into the engine of the car.
Here, from the clean silver and black surfaces, we see a stream of clear golden oil rise up into the air. It twists into a helix shape and, as we zoom out from the engine we see it take shape into a canister of Shell Helix Ultra.
Performance in extreme conditions.
The image appears to liquefy and turns into the Shell pecten.