It has been a long journey. A year in the making but we have finally completed the new Honda Accord TV commercial. There have been a lot of challenges along the way, we have learnt a lot and met some amazing people.
Thank you to all those who have been involved in the making of this film. It is certainly a testament to the philosophy "Difficult Is Worth Doing."
So here it is the new Honda ad: "Jump." We hope you enjoy it.
Success was achieved last night for the UKs first live TV spot. The Honda skydivers successfully formed the letters H.O.N.D.A during free fall before deploying their chutes and all coming safety back down to earth.
Congratualtions guys. Great work
For more skydive action keep checking www.difficultisworthdoing.com as we will be releaseing the new Honda TV ad here first before it goes live on TV on Sunday 1st June.
The new Honda Accord ad that we have been documenting the production of over the last few weeks goes live in the UK on Sunday 1st June.
But before this; in the spirit "Difficult Is Worth Doing," Honda are attempting to do a formation jump live during the last ad break in Come Dine With Me. Tune in tonight on Channel 4 at 8:10pm. 19 Skydivers will attempt to exit a plane and sequentially form the letters H, O, N, D ,A in free fall.
It is very evident that at the heart of this sport is planning, planning and more planning. Even before the 'dirt diving' and 'creeper' rehearsals start every eventuality is mapped out so that no scenario is left to chance. Like a ballet, every move is choregraphed and calculated to make sure that all the moves come together when under the pressure of the performance.
BJ walked us through how he maps out his formations.
It is very evident that at the heart of this sport is planning, planning and more planning. Even before the 'dirt diving' and 'creeper' rehearsals start every eventuality is mapped out so that no scenario is left to chance. Like a ballet every move is choregraphed and calculated to make sure that all the moves come together when under the pressure of the performance.
BJ walked us through how he maps out the formations.
Back on the ground we are preparing the landing zone. The biggest challenges we face are wind speeds and strangely enough, seeing as we are miles from anywhere; congestion. With so many skydivers coming in to land in such a small area it is importnat that they are able to clearly define their entry line so not to crash into each other. Once on the ground they will need to gather up their chutes and join their team mates quickly in order to allow the remaining skydivers the space they need to land.
An added element of difficultly is the fact we will be using a landing flare to direct the teams to the drop zone. In order to capture the action we have set up 18 cameras that have been buried in the desert floor. There will also be a heli-cam in the air. If the wind changes direction it is likely to redirect the flare smoke, potentially causing us to lose the shots we have planned as the ground cameras will be blinded by the smoke. The flare smoke is also used to disguise the producution team on the ground. Should we lose the cover of the smoke it is also likely that the helicam will pick us up in their shots. We are shooting this scene at 5.15 and only have 1 take before we lose the light. Finger crossed.
As if creating large scale aerial formation whilst falling at 120mph towards earth was not enough to contend with, landing also holds its own set of dangers and challenges.
As BJ quite rightly pointed out, even though you may be travelling faster in free fall there is very little up there you can bump into, bar another skydiver, and they are not a fixed object. "
The most dangerous part of skydiving is the landing. You can be travelling up to 70mph when you come into land. If you judge the landing wrong you can suffer serious injuries. Wind socks can really hurt if you hit them at speed and crashing into guys on the ground is not much fun either."
BJ and OB talk us through another danger you face when landing in the desert.