"Has anyone made a teapot before?"
This would not be a strange question should we be at the introductory lesson of a pottery class but we are at The Perris Skydive Centre, California.
After a year in development we are finally all gathered at the first of many team briefings in preparation for the filming of the new Honda TV ad. Over the next few weeks this blog will chart the making of Honda's latest commercial, giving a behind the scenes insight into the challenges that face a team of skydivers and some ad makers who are attempting to film some of the most complicated skydive formations ever attempted for the camera.
BJ Worth, the stunt coordinator for this commercial is briefing his team of skydivers on what they will be doing for the next 5 days. He has worked on pretty much every James Bond film since Thunderball so when he explains to his 45 strong team of world class free fall skydivers that this is one of the most challenging aerial stunt sequences he has ever had to produce you get the sense that he is not exaggerating.
Tony Davidson (Creative Director) - "When you write scripts like this you just imagine anything is possible. It’s only when you start getting down to the nitty gritty of production that you realise what the real implications are. That said, in this world where post-production techniques mean most things are possible, it’s nice to be attempting something for real."
Ginger talks through a typical day for a skydiver on the Honda set