How to do around the world trick: How to Do an Around the World in Soccer: 14 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Do Around the World Football Trick
Football juggling isn’t just a cool trick you can show off to your teammates, the skill of juggling also improves your game in terms of touch, balance and general confidence with a football. If you can pull off a bunch of tricks like they are second nature, those skills and confidence are going to translate onto the pitch.
Mastering the art of juggling isn’t as hard as it looks either. Anyone can do it – you just need to be dedicated and PRACTICE!
In this article we want to show you just how easy it is to do the around the world football trick. If you’ve been juggling and feel like you want to take the next step and add one of the most universally popular tricks to your skillset, read below and check out FC Ultra’s Tom who has done a quick video walkthrough over on our TikTok page which you can view below.
Before step one we’d highly recommend getting comfortable doing kick-ups. If you can do kick-ups with ease and feel in total control, the following steps are going to be even easier.
This first step is all about getting used to the movement required to pull off the coolest freestyle football juggling trick on the planet. To begin with, stand with your feet planted on the ground in a comfortable position and begin bringing up your foot and rotating it around in the circular (around the world) movement.
Leave the ball aside for now (you’ll be using it soon enough, don’t worry!) and simply just get used to that movement. Watch how Tom does it, taking note of how high up his leg moves to ensure he will be able to complete it once the ball is actually used.
This may seem simple and it is, but you’ve got to get your mind and body in the zone and used to the technique before you start making it harder. Visualise the ball as you repeat the movement and concentrate on your balance which is going to be key in the next steps.Step two – Do it with a bounce
Once you have mastered the movement without the ball and are feeling ready to take things up a notch, introduce the ball but don’t go straight to into trying to pull off the complete move! In step two you should use the bounce method so you can easily begin to get comfortable with your foot making the circular motion with the ball involved.
Balance is a key point here. As your preferred foot leaves the ground, you must be able to comfortably balance on your non-preferred foot to ensure you are able to complete the circular movement all around the ball in a perfect way. You’ll notice when you begin that if you are off balance, the movement will be slower, and you won’t be able to complete the move.
The trick is not to plant your weak foot too heavily. Focus your weight on the ball of your foot so that you are more agile when undertaking the movement.
Start by doing some regular juggles and then once you feel the timing is right, let the ball bounce which will make it easier for you at the start to get used to the circular motion over the ball. The flat surface will ensure the ball comes back up vertically which is important.
Heads up – even with the bounce method being easier, it’s going to take a bit of time and practice to master this. Allowing the ball to bounce and not requiring yourself to kick-up with the perfect amount of power (not too high, not too low) will take a layer of complexity out and make the rest easier.
This next step will make you more balanced and encourage the right movement and timing.
Check out how Tom does it to properly understand. You don’t have to be a master at balancing the ball on the top of your foot, this is just the starting point.
Start by having the ball on the top of your foot and balance it until you’re ready to go. Lift the ball into the air vertically and because your foot is lifting to bring the ball up, you’re already on your way to completing the full around the world movement.
Once the ball is lifted to the right height you can quickly move your foot around the ball and before you know it, you’ll be seeing the ball land on your foot which means you’ve completed it!
Once you get this a few times you’ll be used to the skill and you’re ready to go.Step four – Put it all together!
Now a quick reminder, if you aren’t polished at kick-ups like we mentioned before step 1 – we suggest getting more confident before you try the final step. The reason kick-ups are so important is because you need to be consistently kicking the ball with perfect power to ensure the ball is at the right height before you start the movement. You also need the ball to be almost completely vertical before you attempt the ATW movement.
If you know you’re comfortable with your juggling, then you’re set to go! Put all these steps together and you’ll have mastered this skill and can them move on to more advanced moves we’ll cover off in detail at a later date!
Keen for a challenge? Why not try mastering the movement with your non-preferred foot!
If things aren’t working – go back to the steps where things were, and if that’s the very beginning don’t feel ashamed in starting back at the start! It’s a tricky skill, but we’re confident you’ll get it with practice.
The key as mentioned in putting it all together is being confident with your kick-ups. If you’re still struggling by the end, be honest with yourself in terms of whether you can consistently kick-up with perfect power and make sure the ball stays vertical. If you can get the kick-ups right, then after a while you’ll get used to the around the world movement and speed required to pull it off.
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Freestyle Soccer Tricks – Descriptions & Videos – Freestyle Soccer
There are hundreds of freestyle football tricks. Sometimes it can be hard to keep up with all of them, so we have created a list of the most popular freestyle soccer tricks. We have them separated by difficulty and have included the names of the tricks, descriptions, and even videos to all of them.
Easy Freestyle Soccer Tricks to Try First
Around the world
A complete revolution around the ball using your foot. As you are juggling, hit the ball with either the inside or outside of the foot (depending on which way you are going around the ball) to give it a bit of a spin. Your foot should make a complete revolution around the ball and come back under the ball to continue juggling.
Hop the world
A touch with one foot, and the opposite foot goes around the ball outside to inside and comes around and under to touch the ball, and to continue juggling.
A simple but nice looking move. You jump up and swing one leg around the ball while having a trailing leg underneath that leg which kicks the ball up from under the leg you swung around the ball with.
The ball is allowed to drop to your standing foot. The other leg swings around over the ball as the ball bounces off the standing foot and comes back up again. Swinging your leg outside to inside is the most common and generally the easier way to perform this trick, however, you can also perform a toe bounce with your leg swinging over the ball inside to outside. Balance is the key.
Balance the ball on your head roughly where the hairline should be*Practise!!*
Catch the ball between your feet. One foot (usually the dominant one) rolls the ball up your support leg. Then, with your support leg, bring the backheel up and flick the ball up.
From footstall (or juggle), the ball is lifted and slammed against the floor using the shin. This can be used in a combo going into any move such as atw, crossover, TATW etc. The move can also be performed with both legs alternatively as shown in the gif.]
(Right at the beginning)
Bring your leg up. The ball makes contact with the knee but you also kick out with your foot and the ball kind of pops up from your knee as you pull your foot back.
(Ecuabol does a dislocated knee at 2:26)
Rest the ball on your foot. The move can be done much easier if you point your toes upwards so you clamp the ball between your foot and your shin.
(Ecuabol does a footstall at 2:24)
Pound the ball to the ground continuously using the soles of both feet alternatively. It is just as if you would be dribbling a basketball with your hands.
(Siracua does several hotsteppers at 0:06)
There is a groove on your shoulder between your back/neck muscles and collarbone where the ball can rest. However, there are two ways to perform a shoulderstall. One is where you have the ball out in front of you very much similar to a cheststall, and the other is where the ball is out to your side and you are also using the side of your head to hold the ball still.
Catch the ball between your heel or the back of your leg, and your ass. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueJwSy0FlMA
(Fahmy does a hamstring stall at 0:04)
Between Knee Catch
(Follow the same technique for between feet catch) Catch the ball between your legs, about at the height where your knees are.
(Henry does his flick up at exactly 0:29)
Have the ball in a neckstall. From there, swing your upperbody around to bring the ball to a cheststall. Then, get the ball into a neckstall again. The ball follows your upperbody around 360 degrees, hence the name.
In the ditch
From neck stall, the ball is touched backwards with the head so that it rests in the middle of your back where there is a ridge which explains the name – in the ditch.
(Dan magness does a in the ditch at 2:30)
from juggling the ball is caught under the t-shirt and hit round using the fist quickly. The ball should spin round your back and fall out of the t-shirt at the front of the body ready to carry on juggling.
(At 3:11 a bambini is completed)
Just like a htw trick but first you hit the ball up with the knee and then make the other leg come around the ball.
Just like a normal atw but the trick is executed with a touch of the heel and then your leg comes around the ball.
Balance the ball on the side of your head. Somewhere around the temple you should feel a little groove where the ball could easily be placed.
Balance the ball in the area between your eyes, and on the bridge of your nose.
Reverse toe bounce
Just like a toe bounce but in the opposite direction. Kick the ball up to the outside of you. The foot you will bounce the ball on would come around from underneath the other leg to meet the ball. As the ball makes contact with that foot and you lift your toes to fling it up, your other leg will go over the ball in an inside to outside direction.
Juggle the ball with your head.
(Abbas does head juggles at 1:01)
With your leg coming from behind and around your body, touch the ball up with your heel. Spin around and collect the ball to continue juggling, or go into another move as a combo.
(Steven does a heel spin at 0:19)
Consecutive ATW’s.*Put extra spin in each atw!
Tatsulow head trick
Kick the ball really high in the air. As it comes down jump over the ball so the ball falls and bounces on the ground in between your legs and comes up behind you. Lean back quickly to meet the ball bouncing up with the back of your head, to pound it down to the ground.
(Tatsulow does his head trick just at 1:37)
Advanced Freestyle Soccer Tricks
Touzani around the world
A more advanced form of the around the world. As you are in the middle of the atw trick, make a slight jump and swing your other foot around as you knock the ball from under that leg. Timing of the jump is the key to mastering this trick.
Hopping/Homie Touzani Around the World
It is almost the same as the tatw trick except there is no touch in the middle of the trick. The trick is performed with the first leg going around like a atw but from the jump you immediately proceed in throwing the other leg around the ball without hitting it up from underneath with the first leg.
Knee touzani around the world
Almost the same as tatw except with tatw it is almost atw no touch crossover combo while with ktatw the trick is performed with a knee atw first.
Abbas around the world
A trick pioneered by Abbas Farid. It is a complete rewind of the trick tatw. Your first leg hits the ball up. Your other leg goes around the ball inside to outside. Then, you make a jump in which your first leg follows with an atw.
Lemmens around the world
A sort of double around the world. You touch the ball to start the around the world trick and move your foot around the ball twice (720 degrees) before making contact with the ball again.
(At 0:29 Ecuabol does a inside latw and an outside latw)
Mitchy around the world
Mitch gave me these blessing steps to matw over youtube
1. Kick the ball up with your right foot.
2. Do an ATW (anti-clockwise) high up in the air with your right foot – almost at the same time lift up your left foot. Your two feet should eventually be off the ground.
3. As soon as you do the ATW (anti-clockwise) in the air your left leg/foot should pass OVER the ball whilst in the air.
4. Land on your right foot – but control the ball with your left.
Hopping mitchy around the world
Just like a MATW but the touch in the middle of the trick is exclude. Almost like HT-ATW also but the starting atw is in the inside direction rather than the outside direction.
Knee mitchy around the world
It is a MATW but an inside direction knee atw is used to initiate the trick.
Alternate touzani around the world
You first hit the ball straight up. With the other leg you make an inside to outside rotation around the ball. At the same time you make a jump and swing the other leg around the ball and kick the ball up from underneath that leg.
Jay around the world
A move pioneered by Palle originally but since he didn’t want a move named after himself he decided to name it after a friend, Jay Ransome from England. It is a tatw but in the end instead of making an inside direction revolution with the other leg, an outside direction revolution is done. A quite awkward move if you have never tried before.
A combination move involving the toe bounce, a backheel flick with a spin, and after you have swung around with the spin, a no touch hop the world. Pioneered by Soufiane Touzani in his “Deel Drie”.
Timo around the world
Touch the ball with your dominant foot. Your non-dominant foot will make an inside to outside rotation around the ball as the ball falls straight back on the dominant foot. And then a tatw is completed.
Stall the ball on the sole of your foot while lying down flat on your back.
Have the ball in a footstall. Now clamp the ball down real hard and make sure you have a good feel for the ball. Now get down on the ground and start breakdancing, serious! It appears as if the ball is “glued” to your foot and if you have good dance moves like Gerbeshi (the dance instructor) it can look VERY stylish.
(About 0:51 Leiki Does Start This)
Professional Freestyle Soccer Tricks
Knee alternative touzani around the world
Almost the same as KTATW but the first touch with the knee is performed with the opposite knee instead.
Alternative hopping/homie mitchy around the world
A very difficult and advanced trick. It is a HM-ATW but the starting touch is with the opposite foot. Your first foot touches the ball up. With a jump, your other foot makes a rotation around the ball in the inside direction. Without an extra touch, your first foot also makes an inside direction rotation around the ball before touching the ball with your first foot again. Best explained by viewing the animated image.
Knee alternative mitchy around the world
A very advanced trick. A knee htw is used to initiate the trick with the other leg going over the ball in the end after the knee htw.
Reverse hopping jay around the world
First an inside direction atw is done in the first part of the trick. Then, with a jump, without hitting it again with the same foot, the other foot goes around the ball in an outside direction and touches the ball.
Neck alternative mitchy around the world
From a neckstall, you slide the ball from off your neck to your side. Then, an AMATW is performed directly without an extra touch from your other foot.
Palle around the world
also called “the triple” – just like a lemmens around the world but instead of going around the ball twice before touching it again, you go around the ball three times. A very difficult and complex move to perform and only performed so far by a few elite freestylers.
Alternative lemmens around the world
It is just like the htw trick but instead of the other leg making a revolution once, it will go around twice without another touch.
Lemmens touzani around the world
Start the maneuver as you would any other LATW. When the second rotation around the ball is almost complete, make a jump and throw your other leg around the ball just as you would a tatw.
Lemmens mitchy around the world
It is the same as above but with the LATW starting in the opposite direction.
Maradona toe stall
A trick pioneered by Maradona. others have tried and completed the maneuver, but not totally successfully (couldn’t hold it for long). Basically, hold your foot out and point your toes up. Balance the ball on your toes. Since there is so little a surface area to use, the trick is very difficult.*John farnworth has
(John farnworth does a great toe stall at 1:23)
Tatsulow heel stall
Pioneered by Tatsulow of Japan. Hold your leg out with your toes pointed down to the ground and heel pointed straight up. Balance the ball on your heel.
(53 seconds in and 57 seconds Both variations)
Additional Freestyle Soccer Moves
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Players can develop their skills and master masterful tricks using the best bikes, athletes and equipment in the world of dirt bikes, making their way through exciting deserts, swamps and forests, with many level designs for mobile players. New bikes, stunning outfits, and endless customization options can be unlocked as players progress, increasing speed and style, performing some of the toughest dirt bike stunts.
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Dirt Bike Unchained is now available worldwide on the App Store and Google Play.90,000 20 mind-blowing car stunts
Top 20 Superior Driving Skills.
For a long time, the best car stunts were usually performed by stuntmen on film sets. Many incredible stunts have gone down in cinematic history. But the modern world dictates its own terms. Now we see various auto tricks not only on the TV screen or cinema. Today, in order to enjoy breathtaking stunts in a car, just go to any video hosting on the Internet.Once again, we have selected for you the best car stunts that are ours on the net.
Unique trick – a coup out of the blue
The car is equipped with a special mechanism that turns the car over. Also the vehicle has increased reliability for the safety of the stuntman.
Ken Block: Gymkhana 3
World renowned racer Ken Block demonstrates the highest driving skills.This race car driver is one of the most famous on the internet. The stunt was filmed at a closed hippodrome in France.
Graduate Skill Truck Driving
The car that took part in the filming has an 8-cylinder engine, reinforced suspension and a number of other design changes. This amazingly well-planned, shot video is hugely popular on the web. Take 7 minutes of your life to enjoy the extraordinary views of Ensenada, California.
Has anyone seen the drift performed by a rider while driving a motorcycle? We would never have believed that this is possible if this video had not been dug up on the Internet.
Continuing the theme of drifting fashionable in our time. This stunt shows how a cargo car racing master can drive the most powerful cargo truck.
Jumping from a ski jump in a car
The Hot Wheels team became famous on the net for their unusual stunts that repeat what boys do with toy cars as children. By the way, this video is just a training attempt. This video shows what can happen if the weather conditions on the day of the jump are not ideal.
Spiral jump on the Chevrolet Sonic
In the 70s, the whole world was in awe of the stunt (spiral jump on the Aston Martin car) in the James Bond film (film The Man with the Golden Gun) .In 2011, the world saw a modern rendition of this trick.
A truck jumps over a Formula 1 car
This trick was entered in the Guinness Book of Records.
Robbie Madisonon jumped over the Arc de Triomphe
The Red Bull Motocross team in 2008 showed the whole world a unique trick, which consists in a motorcyclist jumping to the very top of the Arc de Triomphe in Las Vegas.
Motorcycle for outdoor activities
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School bus jump over 20 motorcycles
Some auto experts still believe that the school bus stunt in 1980 was the most legendary in the history of the auto industry.
Somersault on an off-road pickup truck
Las Vegas has long been a Mecca for motorsport and wild stunts. In 2008, an incredible flip-flop was performed here in the COOR Pro Lite SUV.
A series of incredible stunts in Top Gear
The best car TV show in the world, Top Gear, will never be the same. Over the long history of the program, the world has witnessed incredible stunts.Let’s remember the most incredible shots.
Severe crash while trying to set world record
Professional rally driver Guerlain Chicherit, while trying to set the record for the longest jump in a car, made a mistake, as a result of which his car received an incredible spin.
Highest jump in a truck
Do you think that trucks are designed only to move various consumer goods around the country between cities? Here’s an example that sometimes trucks can do a lot.
English Car Jumping Championship
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Climb an extreme hill by car
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Attempt to jump over the river
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Off-road racing utility vehicle with a capacity of 900 hp. on the ski slope
Ricky Johnson racer of the Red Bull team showed the world that the SUV is quite suitable for skiing on the slope.
Skimboard Tricks | RUSSIAN KITE PRO CENTER
Recently, on many beaches around the world, it is increasingly common to see kiters using skimboards. Someone positions skimboards as “a weapon against weak wind”, someone considers it a new direction in kitesurfing, and someone calls it a completely new sport, where there are no loops, no fins, no compromises: “No straps, no fins, no compromise! ”
It is likely that each of them is right in their own way.At the very least, more and more kitesurfers have these new boards in their arsenal and use them both on flat water and on waves.
One of the founders of this trend in kitesurfing is the legendary Mark Shinn, who in 2006 released the world’s first skimboard, NOBILE, designed specifically for kitesurfing.
The first skimboards appeared in Russia this season. In order to learn about this new direction in kitesurfing first-hand, we asked Mark to tell us about basic skim tricks: Carving turn, Sliding 180, Aerial Transitions and Pop Shuvit.
So you’ve got your new skimboard. The wait is over and a light breeze finally blew out. You grab your gear, hurry to the water and, despite the light wind, start walking away from the beach with a smile on your face, glad that you can ride in such a weak breeze.
After the first 200 meters, the first problem appears: how do you turn around on this thing to go the other way ?! Since most riders nowadays have learned on twin tips, only a few are familiar with jibing, all the more it is not clear to them how to do it on something that looks very much like a soap dish!
Don’t panic … there is nothing complicated about the U-turns on the skim, a few small tips and you will cut like a pro!
Maintain course at normal pace with the kite at 11 o’clock.Take your front hand off the bar and move your back hand as close to the center of the bar as possible. Load the board a little and very, very smoothly let the kite climb to the top of the wind window for 12 hours. Now the trick is to change your stance as quickly as possible and not get stuck with the feet together in the middle of the board. Move your back foot forward and place it next to the front. Once your foot is on the board, move the leg that was in front and back to the rear of the board so that it becomes your back foot.
Find a small patch of sand or grass on the beach where you can practice this movement over and over until it becomes second nature. The key is to confidently take two steps and not shuffle around the board. If you keep your feet close to the center line of the board, there is a small chance that the board will remain stable when the foot positions change. Once your legs have completed the movement (you are actually riding in a reverse toeside stance), you are ready to redirect the kite to the other side of the window and deploy the board on your heels.The kite should already be high in the wind window, so don’t pull the bar too fast. Start slashing the board into the turn and the moment you reach the second phase of the turn, start moving the kite down to the other side of the wind window. It is very important to remember that your turn should be mirrored in relation to the kite – if you make a tight and fast turn with the kite, you should make the same fast turn with the board, if you turn the kite slowly, the board should turn around slowly.
Once you have mastered skimboard turns, you can think of other, more complex tricks.
This is one of the easiest skimboarding tricks and will probably be one of the first you try. While the Sliding 180 is a trick in and of itself, you should be able to use it in normal situations when changing direction.
Steer with the kite in the normal position. If the kite is too high, it can lift you off the board, if too low, it will be difficult for you to cut into the wind and start this trick.
I have found it very useful to place the back hand in the center of the bar so that the center line goes between the fingers to avoid accidentally “pulling” the kite. Taking your front hand off the control bar opens up your body and gives you more room to do this trick.
Your front foot should be in a normal position, slightly forward, with your toes approximately centered on the board. Move your back foot back and as close to the edge of the board as possible.In the storyboard, you can see that my heel is practically on the edge of the board.
Begin by cutting the board upwind, as if you were about to change course. Cutting should be as smooth and progressive as possible. Once the nose of the board has turned into the wind, it is time to push the board with your back foot. You only need to push the tail of the board 90 degrees, since you have already done half of the 180 degree turn when cutting into the wind. If your skimboard is without fins, it will slide very easily, and if the board has fins, you will need to push a little harder.
It is important to remember that at this moment, you cannot hang on the control bar. You can accidentally redirect the kite to transit. Also remember to move your center of gravity back a little. The task is not to turn into a reverse stance (toe side), but to turn the board with a blow, so that you remain in a normal stance, and the board is directed stern forward. Watch your center of gravity, if you move it forward, then you have a great chance to catch the edge of the board.
Once the board starts sliding, you need to release it and allow it to complete the reversal. It feels like you are kicking a board. While the board is turning under you, keep looking at it and once it is in the right position, you can try to put your feet back. Try to immediately put your feet in a normal stance. If your feet are too close, your position will be unstable and you will most likely fall.
After landing on the board, you should still have some horizontal speed.If there is no speed, then you started the trick too slowly, or you pulled the control bar with your back hand, and the kite was over your head.
2006 Copyright Kites.Ru text and photo by Mark Shinn, translated from English. Oleg Volkov
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Tens of millions of views as a guarantee.
At the end of 2019, Forbes released a list of the highest paid YouTube stars.In Russia, it was discussed primarily because of Anastasia Radzinskaya, a five-year-old girl from Russia, whose channel was in third place. And on the second – Dude Perfect, a gang of Americans who perform tricks related (albeit indirectly) to sports. Their income is estimated at $ 20 million annually.
Here’s what we learned about the hugely popular channel development model.
Dude Perfect – who are they and what do they do to get so many people watching?
In all YouTube ratings for the Sports category, Dude Perfect leads with incredible statistics: 48 million subscribers and 9.6 billion views.For several years now, not a single video on the channel has gained less than 10 million views. There is no traditional sport, but ping-pong balls, basketball and soccer balls, golf clubs and other attributes of the sport are constantly flickering.
Five guys from Texas – Tyler Toney, Cody Jones, Gareth Hilbert and twin brothers Corey and Kobe Cotton – perform stunts, interesting filming, cool editing and showing great statistics. Another of their tricks is the panda mascot: a man in a simple Chinese costume has also become wildly popular thanks to his participation in the Dude Perfect project.Now this channel is the 9th in the world in terms of the number of subscribers on YouTube.
Their first video (now – 33.6 million views), which was released in 2009, was filmed by the Dude Perfect team on an amateur camera in the courtyard of the house: they used a portable basketball hoop and got into it without looking – from the roof of the house, with the help bounces from several surfaces and many others.
Now Dude Perfect videos are also catchy camera work; The shooting is carried out either on its own 35,000 square meter site, or in the arenas of American clubs – often this is combined with the arrival of sports celebrities.For example, basketball player Chris Paul, hockey players Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn, and tennis player Serena Williams performed tricks along with Dude Perfect.
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“There is a lot of sports content on YouTube, but only guys can throw a ball into the hoop from an airplane and charge money from General Motors for it,” begins one of the lyrics trying to explain the business success of Dude Perfect. A case with a car corporation is an example from 2011: GM was releasing a new Sierra pickup truck, it was put in the frame, and nearby the guys from Dude Perfect were exactly throwing a basketball from a flying plane.It was primarily a television advertisement, the video was posted on YouTube only with access via a link, however, even so, it collected more than 2 million views.
From the very start of the project, Dude Perfect has had a partner agency – Whistle Sports. She does not own the project, as it might seem erroneously due to many years of partnership: every year Whistle Sports and Dude Perfect renew their cooperation. In addition, sponsored videos and other activations can be organized by other market players, the agreement between this agency and content producers is non-exclusive.Dude Perfect Business Manager – Jeff Toney, father of one of the gang members; ultimately, it is he who is responsible for attracting partners and implementing advertising projects.
– For Whistle Sports as a media company, partnerships are the most important, both with content creators and brands. Dude Perfect is the most famous, most recognizable of our founding partners, ”says Josh Granberg, director of development for Whistle Sports. – The main principle of our partnership from the very beginning is mutual assistance, including in the creation of cool content.Plus, recently we have been actively working on the development of the project, the Dude Perfect brand, on entering new platforms such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and so on.
Video integrations are the bulk of your revenue, but not the only one. With the growing popularity, Dude Perfect launched their own online store. It contains sports goods, casual clothes, a children’s line and other souvenirs with the project’s logo. Inside the DP-store, there is a life of its own, like many popular clothing brands: for example, some things come out in limited editions and become more expensive from this.
In addition, Dude Perfect has a proprietary game for mobile devices: its characters are the very five participants, the gameplay is performing tricks in the style of those that collect millions of views. The latest version of the game has over 10 million installations on Android alone.
Dude Perfect advertises entire videos. Do they look good?
Commercial projects on the Dude Perfect channel are mixed with just regular videos, while advertising integrations are always tricks too.The partner can be reflected in the video in different ways. For example, in the summer of 2015, Dude Perfect collaborated with Marvel ahead of the Ant-Man movie. The leading actor Paul Rudd, along with the guys from the Dude Perfect team, participated in the Dizzy sports battle, where the participants had to circle around themselves and then perform a tennis serve or hit a rolling ball. The video has collected 41 million views and 300 thousand likes.
In the project with the FIAT car brand, many tricks were built around the car of this brand: it got up on two wheels, drove along certain trajectories and became a target for hits with an American football ball.The video was released in June 2013, has collected 23 million views to date and 13 million at the start.
FIAT North American Director of Communications Casey Harbis called the collaboration with Dude Perfect one of the most successful collaborations in the company’s history.
The two most popular videos in the history of the channel are with ads. Dude Perfect released the first series of table tennis ball tricks in partnership with Pringles (58 million views – but barely in the top 20).A year later, in February 2015, the second issue was released in the same style, where the pot of chips was most often the target for hitting – it turned out 191 million views, an absolute record.
And in April 2017, Oreo cookies were integrated into the third series of Ping Pong Trick Shots – now this is the second result for Dude Perfect, 244 million views. This video was in the top 3 among YouTube ads of the year.
There are a lot of recognizable logos in the list of clients and partners: from the Jimmy Kimell show, MTV and NBC to Walmart, BMW and Gillette.
– Working on any project with Dude Perfect is always a process in which we as an agency and they as content creators are involved. Whether it’s advertising integration or some kind of collaboration that helps spread the content or increase the awareness of the guys, says Josh Granberg. – There is no such thing that we agree on a release with a commercial partner without the knowledge of Dude Perfect, only in our own interests. It is interaction that allows us to together create a product that wins young fans.Dude Perfect takes part in the discussion of any release with integration, because this is the only way to develop an idea that will help both create a new cool series and convey the main idea of the advertiser brand. If we tried to go it alone, it would end up looking pathetic.
– Dude Perfect is so popular right now that your job is just to select the right ones from incoming requests?
– Not really. We are constantly working in both directions, we ourselves are also looking for partners.Another thing is more important: Dude Perfect is pure inbound marketing, everything is tied exclusively to content. And if we are implementing a commercial project with any brand, it means that we have found the right format for its integration. And this is already a guarantee that, in the end, cooperation will bring benefits – that is, revenue – to both our side and our partner.
– Situation: you receive a request for integration, the budget is sky-high, in hundreds of millions of dollars. But the brand that wants to be a partner is vodka.Is this a promising option, or will a refusal immediately follow?
– Refusal just because the advertised product is vodka? No, we work on a different principle. First of all, we find out the goals of the brand and what exactly he wants to convey through placement with us, what problem to solve. We’re not talking like “Hey guys, we need to brand the next issue with our logos.” We ask partners questions about their needs and look for an option to work well together in the preparation of the Dude Perfect release.If the dialogue with the guys from Dude Perfect does not work out, it will not work to release a partner video.
Dude Perfect is an example. That’s what’s important
In April 2016, Dude Perfect started its own TV show: the first season of 13 episodes was released on the cable channel CMT, where one episode was watched by an average of 250 thousand people. The second season is now airing on the more popular Nickelodeon channel, where the episode is watched by an average of 999 thousand viewers.
– We are often asked questions like “Do they really do all this? Does it take a lot of time to shoot one episode? How many attempts do they need to make it work? ” But we can’t say anything concrete, explains Granberg.- Because this part of production is really unpredictable. You just need to spend as much time as it takes.
– Do you help Dude Perfect and other projects you cooperate with to enter new platforms?
– Yes, we see this as an important direction for the development of distribution: watching Dude Perfect and other projects should also be convenient for those who are used, for example, to receive video in Apple services. Our task is to penetrate all possible tapes.There is room here, including for partnerships with new platforms. It’s good when the platforms themselves show interest and are ready to host content specially produced for them.
– Whistle Sports works with Facebook Watch, for example. Is this the strongest new player in the video market?
– In my opinion, many new platforms are attractive due to their features. But the Facebook service was initially associated with a huge, already conquered audience of the main project, and this is a social network that is active all over the world.How well it works, we saw during the Next Trickshot Superstar project – we launched it in the fall of 2017 exclusively on Facebook Watch. The audience engagement results were inspiring, with 10 episodes generating a total of 16.5 million views.
At the same time, the positions of Amazon Prime look great, Netflix – their strengths are the same: in the already formed audience of the main brand. New sites are now seriously investing in their strengths. However, in the near future, in my opinion, the strongest players will remain services with an initially developed audience.90,000 While performing the Houdini trick, a Russian illusionist was seriously injured
An iron trap crippled the Eurovision participant, the famous illusionist from Russia Sergei Vorontsov, during a rehearsal of his show “Houdini’s Tricks”.
While rehearsing the dangerous Death Table stunt, the 34-year-old illusionist nearly lost his right arm. Strapped to a large table, the magician had to free himself before a huge meat grinder sawed him with iron teeth.Vorontsov did not have time to get out in time, and the trap grazed his right hand. As a result of the incident, Sergei Vorontsov seriously injured his limb, tearing soft tissues and tendons. A video recorder filming the rehearsal process recorded the incident – a spectacle not for the faint of heart.
– While rehearsing a new dangerous act, in which huge circular saws are involved, Sergei accidentally touched his hand on sharp knives and severely injured his hand, – said the producer of the show “Houdini’s Tricks” Andrei Kudryavtsev.- Damaged soft tissues and tendons.
According to the show’s producer, the incident took place at night in the illusionist’s workshop. “Death table” – this is the name of this dangerous stunt, in which huge circular saws are involved. Those present at the rehearsal immediately provided first aid.
The misfortune with the artist happened on the eve of the grandiose show of illusions “Houdini’s Tricks”. The Russian illusionist dedicates this show to the legendary magician Harry Houdini, whose fans around the world are celebrating his 145th birthday this year.At the show, Sergei Vorontsov had to present a grandiose program of illusions, as well as demonstrate the most dangerous escape trick.
In the genre of illusions, Sergei Vorontsov has no equal in Russia. In 2011, he performed at the Eurovision Song Contest as an illusionist. Then Sergey put on a technically difficult number for the Croatian singer Daria Kinser to the song Celebrate. The number turned out to be so effective that Sergey had fans all over the world the very next day after the live broadcast.This was the first time in the history of Eurovision that an illusionist took part in this music competition.
Sergey Vorontsov is famous for his impeccable performance of the most difficult tricks in technique. He synthesizes various genres of magic art in his shows – from micromagic and reading minds from a distance to disappearing cars and the most dangerous escape stunts.
According to the producer of the show, Andrei Kudryavtsev, due to the current situation, the premiere of the show is postponed to a later date.The date of the transfer will be announced later.
On his Instagram page (@sergey_vorontsov_illusionist) Sergey Vorontsov addressed the fans, promising them to get well soon and present their show.
PHOTO of the incident: https://yadi.sk/d/_Vt6PIYphhyGsg
VIDEO of the incident: https://yadi.sk/i/ldECDD-iNHpdnwPHOTO by Sergey Vorontsov. https://yadi.sk/d/q7OVYaQenHVVrQ 90,000 Where and how the film “Mission Impossible: Consequences” was filmed
Despite the fact that director Christopher McQuarrie decided to purposefully shoot the new film in the franchise in a different visual style, he followed the basic rules of the film series.“The films of the franchise were shot mainly in real locations and using practical effects, chroma key was used only in extreme cases,” the director says. – Tom was ready to perform almost any trick he was able to perform himself. We only had to find the right angle so that our star could be clearly seen. In fact, we planned our work with Tom in mind. ”
In every movie MISSION IMPOSSIBLE Cruz performs an unforgettable, deadly stunt.In the painting PROTOCOL PHANTOM , he climbed the world’s tallest skyscraper Burj Khalifa in Dubai, in Tribe of Rogues hung on the door of an Airbus A400M Atlas military transport aircraft at the time of takeoff. In , MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: CONSEQUENCES of Cruise and McQuarrie decided to film a series of dizzying stunts that are guaranteed to impress audiences.
“Tom has been preparing for this film for over a year,” says McQuarrie. – There were all sorts of rumors on the Internet about what the same trick would be.It’s time to dispel these rumors – it will be a whole series of tricks, the most dangerous one I’ve ever seen in my life. Tom was constantly on the verge of life and death. ” Stunt Coordinator and Second Production Director Wade Eastwood elaborates on how incredible and exciting the stunts are, filmmakers did not cross the line separating the average person from the superhero.
As in previous films of the franchise, the plot of the picture MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: CONSEQUENCES will lead the main characters through the most mesmerizing locations.“The thing about the films in the franchise is that they’re kind of like a travel guide,” says producer Jake Myers. – The first film was shot in the Czech Republic and other European countries. We hinted to the American audience where to go on vacation, showed places that viewers may have never seen before. As the franchise has evolved, the films have become international and geared towards viewers around the world. ” McQuarrie felt all the importance in the choice of picturesque locations while working on the film MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: A TRIBE OF ROGUES .“I was just obsessed with it,” the director admits. “I mercilessly chased location managers around the world in search of locations that would make the film as entertaining as possible.”
Production designer Peter Venam and location supervisor Ben Piltz were responsible for the visual design of the film. Having signed the contract, the first thing Wenham marked on the map was all the locations that somehow appeared in the previous films of the franchise. MISSION IS IMPOSSIBLE .“We didn’t want to repeat ourselves,” he explains. “We were eager to work in uncharted territory.” At the same time, Plitz claims that McQuarrie was ready to work with almost any location he found: “He told us unambiguously:“ Find me a cool location, and I’ll write a scene for it ”.
Filming MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: IMPACT began in March 2017 in Paris. “Tom and I love Paris and wanted to show the city in all its glory,” says McQuarrie. “We once saw the eight-minute short film Rendezvous — the most mesmerizing views of the city were filmed with a camera mounted on the bumper of a racing car.We took inspiration from this short film. We managed to capture all the iconic sights of Paris, and we are infinitely grateful to the city authorities for allowing us to do this. ”
However, the filmmakers decided to show the City of Lights from an unusual side for cinematography. Including, according to Wenham, part of the film was shot from the air. “We brought in the military, having obtained permission to use a helicopter for filming,” says the artist. “We got absolutely fantastic footage of all of Paris, which you rarely see in a movie, because permission is not so easy to get.”
According to the plot, the first exciting stunt scene was filmed in Paris – Ethan Hunt found himself in the center of a dynamic chase. A motorcycle, a classic 1986 BMW M5, and an armored truck appeared in the frame. For filming, the filmmakers had to temporarily close the most popular tourist spots in the center of Paris, including the Arc de Triomphe square and the Opéra Avenue, leading to the Opera Garnier itself. Of course, there were some difficulties. “There was a problem with the device that kept me safe on the motorcycle, and time was running out inexorably,” Cruz recalls.- Chris came up to me and asked what I intend to do. I started the motorcycle and answered: “My friend, we have to take pictures. Let the camera work, and I’ll go through this turn as fast as I can. ” And it seems that everything worked out. ”
Even Eastwood, who has over seventy films with stunts and special effects behind him, admits that he was nervous when filming the chase scene. The filming involved 70 stunt drivers, and Cruz maneuvered between their cars on a motorcycle without a helmet. “The slightest mistake was enough to turn the scene into a fatal disaster,” says Eastwood.- I was very worried, but I understood how important the scene is for the film, so I tried to make it as safe as possible. When the shooting was over, it was like a mountain fell from my shoulders. ”
At some point in the pursuit, Ethan is driving a vintage BMW M5 sedan and must descend a stone staircase. Eastwood told the actor how to correctly perform this trick: the car must turn 180 degrees and at the last 10 degrees the driver must turn the steering wheel, squeeze the clutch and engage first gear while in the air.“Stuntmen and professional drivers have been practicing this trick all their lives, but given the complexity, even the masters don’t always do it perfectly,” Eastwood admits. “And Tom did the trick four times, and three takes out of four were perfect.”
According to the plot of the film, Hunt and Walker jump with a parachute from a C-17 Globemaster military aircraft at an altitude of about 7.5 kilometers and land on the glass roof of a building, from which it is impossible to descend. Ethan disconnects the high-strength wire, swings, grabs Walker and rappels 35 meters to the ground.This was Cavill’s first stunt on the set. “It seemed to me that it would be fun, – the actor recalls. – Until you find yourself on the edge of the building, the fear of heights is not felt. I could feel all the beauty of the scene only during the rehearsal run. ”
The next stop of the film crew was the city of Queenstown on the most beautiful South Island of New Zealand. The cast and crew arrived here in June 2017 to film the spectacular helicopter scene. “The South Island has many vast but undeveloped locations that can only be reached by helicopter,” says producer Jake Myers.“At the same time, the tourist business is very developed on the island – there are helicopters and professional pilots.” It was winter in the southern hemisphere, and the days were extremely short, so the transportation of the actors and film crew from the base camp to the location began after dark.
The first location in New Zealand was the Reese Valley near the town of Glenorky, located an hour and a half from Queenstown. At this location, production designer Peter Wenham has built a large mobile medical camp and part of a Kashmir village.After sunset on the first day of shooting, the Maori tribe, led by their leader David Higgins, performed the pofiri, a traditional dance with which the local population welcomes guests of honor.
The first stunt scene filmed in New Zealand was called the “conveyor belt” by the filmmakers. Cruz had to climb a cable hanging from a helicopter at an altitude of 600 meters, and then fall, fly 12 meters and hit the load at the end of the cable. “It was scary,” says Myers. – In fact, Tom was doing bungee jumping from a helicopter.The main danger was that he could get entangled in the rope, so we had to think of a special system, not to mention the standard belay. We had a wonderful pilot who was skilled in bungee jumping and knew the local wind map very well. When Tom got to the helicopter sled, he stayed in the role and we kept filming. As a result, the scene took a little longer than we originally planned. ”
Cavill recalls watching the filming of this scene: “When Tom climbed the cable and then fell off, I had something inside me.He was saved from inevitable death only by the insurance connecting him to the helicopter. A gust of wind or something else – and the trick could turn into a tragedy. The film crew, without saying a word, agreed that they had never seen such a dangerous stunt before. When Tom jumped, we all gasped, and that’s exactly what Tom wanted. ”
Cruz claims that the trick was thought over and calculated for two years. “Without a doubt, it was one of the most extreme stunts in this film, but it was impossible to shoot it on a chroma key,” says the actor.“It was enough to take into account all the technical parameters: the weight lifted by the helicopter, the shape of the cargo, shooting angles, camera attachment points, and so on. It was also necessary to carefully check all the fasteners so that nothing loosened on the road and did not suck into the screws – then we would have had serious problems. In addition, we needed a master pilot and a proven team of stuntmen, and they all did their job very well. ”
Of course, the scene was very difficult physically for Cruise himself.“I’ve been training and preparing for this scene for a long time,” he says. – It was very difficult to climb the tightrope. Breathing becomes confused, and there is a lack of oxygen, because the air is rarefied under the screws. In addition, it is cold enough at that altitude, and I was wearing a harness that blocked the blood flow, so my legs were completely numb. Then there was a free fall from a 10-meter height, which will end with no one knows how. During the fall, I had to move away from the camera, and at a certain moment I had to unclench my hands.In the first take, my hands stopped obeying me and did not want to let go of the rope. Unusual sensations. ”
The stunt turned out to be more difficult than the one when Cruz was hanging outside a military transporter taking off in the movie MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: A TRIBE OF OUTGOED . “The A400 stunt was difficult and dangerous,” recalls Myers, “but then Tom was firmly fixed. That stunt was by no means as risky as falling from a helicopter, especially given the weather conditions, wind and other helicopters in the vicinity. “
Another of the film’s many breathtaking scenes was a helicopter chase through the winding canyon of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Cruise graduated from special piloting courses, starting his studies in Texas. His instructor was Tim McAdams, chief pilot of Airbus Helicopters, which provided helicopters for the race. Cruise continued to hone his aerobatics skills in the UK, learning some of the trick elements he did on set. McAdams followed Cruise to New Zealand and worked with him on every scene of the helicopter chase.
In New Zealand, Cruise also trained with Simon Spencer-Bauer, one of the world’s leading piloting instructors. The actor flew the latest model of the Airbus h225 helicopter – a powerful single-engine machine that is often used by law enforcement agencies. Cruz was delighted to be able to operate the machine with a glass-enclosed cockpit that provided a wide view and a fully digital control panel. “This helicopter is called the Squirrel,” says the actor. “This is a very beautiful and powerful machine – exactly what we needed for filming.”
In the scene, Walker, played by Henry Cavill, was flying an Airbus BK17 helicopter. In fact, pilot Mark Wolff sat at the helm, who also served as the aerial stunt coordinator for the film.
“It was the most difficult task in my entire career, and in 48 years I have worked on the set of several hundred films,” says Wolff. – The scene turned out to be quite lengthy and was filmed in different locations, each of which was dangerous in its own way. Several cars were constantly in the air.On one of the shooting days, we had to fly the entire group of 13 helicopters into a rather narrow mountain canyon, so we had to carefully plan the entire flight to minimize the risk. ”
McQuarrie jokingly remarks that he cannot imagine any aerial scene that would not be more or less dangerous. “In Tom’s case, he alone is worth three: he is a pilot, a cameraman, and an actor. Combining all three roles is incredibly difficult. Not to mention the fact that we had to fly in a very narrow canyon with unpredictable changing winds. “
The climax of the scene was filmed in Milford Sound. Walker started shooting at Ethan, who had to perform a dangerous maneuver called a half roll. After that, Cruise’s helicopter flew over the surface of the lake and hid behind a waterfall on a bend. “Going in a spiral is difficult enough,” McQuarrie notes. – I flew with Tom and his instructor, who showed us this aerobatics. The guy has an incredible experience behind him. I had no idea how Tom would be able to perform such a trick without much preparation.I was with Tom for the three or four days that he devoted to this exercise, and eventually Tom was able to do a closed spiral movement, and it was really scary. When we watched the footage, the sense of space was lost, and it seemed that the helicopter would crash even at a glance. ”
After practicing deadly stunts in New Zealand, the cast and crew returned to England in August 2017. It was necessary to shoot the scene of the chase on the rooftops. Location managers selected several locations to appear in the shot, including St Paul’s Cathedral, London Underground Blackfriars Station and the Tate Contemporary Gallery.In fact, the scene was rather short and had to connect the two parts of the film. However, as often happens on the set of films in the franchise. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE , the scale and complexity of the scene increased significantly during the work. Part of the chase has been significantly changed.
“Tom broke his ankle while doing the trick,” McQuarrie recalls. – At that moment, four cameras were filming him. He pulled himself up, got up and tried to run out of frame, leaning on his broken leg.Only when he was out of frame did he fall. ” Cruz says he went all out to make audiences feel the despair of Hunt, who is risking everything in an attempt to get things done. “I felt that I could not reach the edge, and realized that I would break all my ribs,” the actor tells about the incident. “I put my foot forward a fraction of a second before hitting the roof to soften the impact. In the first second after the impact, I thought: “Oh, damn it!” I had to somehow move on, because the take was not completed, and somehow I managed to hobble past the camera. “
McQuarrie was shocked by the actor’s dedication. “He held on to his leg and said:“ I’m sure it’s broken, ”to which I replied:“ Don’t panic, the X-ray will show. ” I went on many adventures with Tom and faced many misadventures, so I knew that disaster could play into our hands. ” The X-ray showed that one of the ankle bones had been shattered. “It was a very serious injury,” the actor explains. “At first, the doctors thought it would take me at least nine months to fully recover.I did everything in my power to shorten this period – physiotherapy, training 10-12 hours a day. After six weeks, I was able to return to the set. After 10 weeks I started running, though not fast, and after three months I could stand the sprint. I went back to the rooftop of Blackfriars Station to film that scene. After two days of active jogging, I couldn’t walk at all for three days. ”
Fortunately, the film was nearly complete by then, so McQuarrie could begin editing.“The incident helped me come up with an ending that would never have occurred to me otherwise,” says the director. – I rewrote some scenes and finished the script. In the end, the film only benefited from the delay. ”
In the finale of the helicopter chase, the cars of Hunt and Walker collide and fall to the top of the mountain, where the climactic duel between the main characters of the film takes place. McQuarrie wanted the duel to take place on the edge of a cliff overhanging a cliff. However, the location team could not find the location described by the director, despite the abundance of mountains in New Zealand.The search for locations has entered the international phase. As a result, a suitable location was found in Norway, it became Preikestolen (also known as the Pulpit Rock) – a small plateau 600 meters above the fjord.
The place was very picturesque, but it was extremely difficult to work on the location. The very first scouting team had to face unfriendly weather conditions. Hail, snow, rain and sunshine sometimes replaced each other in one day. When the location managers returned to the plateau, the wind was so strong that they had to crawl, otherwise the next gust could simply blow them off into the abyss.At the same time, there was no hope for an improvement in the weather – winter was approaching with heavy rainfall and even more merciless winds. Time was working against Cruz, who had not fully recovered from his injury.
Filming was periodically postponed due to weather conditions, and at some point the filmmakers had doubts that the film could be shot before winter. But ultimately, luck was on their side: 15 minutes after the last helicopter took off from the plateau, a terrible blizzard covered Preikestolen, which buried the entire location (including some of the equipment) under a thick layer of snow.The abandoned equipment was returned only the following spring, when the snow melted.
In the airborne troops, there is a method of landing from a great height, in which the parachute is deployed close to the ground. This method allows you to avoid detection of the landing by the enemy. In MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: CONSEQUENCES Cruise became the first actor in studio cinema history to make such a jump from a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at an altitude of 7.5 kilometers.The stunt was originally supposed to be filmed at RAF Brize Norton Air Force Base 120 kilometers northwest of London, some interior and exterior scenes have already been filmed at this base. However, the delay caused by Cruise’s injury made adjustments. Winter had come in England and it was impossible to train.
“I had to go through some very serious training because the scene was extremely difficult and, to be honest, dangerous,” says Cruz. Training began at Leavesden Studios in England.There, under the direction of special effects supervisor Neil Korbuld, the world’s largest vertical wind tunnel was built. “The Latvian company Aerodrome provided us with significant support in our work,” says Korbuld. – The guys are real masters of their craft. It took us about six weeks to design the pipe and five months to build and assemble. ”
Following filming in February 2018, the aerial film crew traveled to Abu Dhabi to begin training with Cruz.The actor had to complete at least 100 jumps before filming the scene. In addition, Cruise and Cavill had to learn how to use oxygen masks, which are designed for long parachute jumps.
The shooting of the scene was largely dependent on the Arab production company twofour54. The head of the company, Mariam Almhairi, made an agreement with representatives of the UAE Armed Forces, and the filmmakers received at their disposal a strategic transport aircraft Boeing C-17 Globemaster III and a twenty-seat turboprop passenger aircraft DHC-6 Twin Otter from Viking Air to rehearse the jump.Cruise and Cavill, performing a stunt jump at a seven-kilometer height, had to use oxygen masks. But standard masks almost completely cover the face, and it is not clear who exactly is hiding behind them. Allan Hewitt and his team had to design and construct masks themselves that would reveal the actors’ faces to the audience.
The training jump schedule was ruthless. Day after day, Cruise made four or five jumps from the Twin Otter, and in the evening he jumped three more times from the C-17.Most parachutists kept this pace for only two weeks, after which they were forced to interrupt. By the time filming began, Cruise had been jumping for over four weeks. The actor recalls: “I decided that I was in good physical shape and could do 10-15 jumps a day. But already during the first jump, I realized how difficult it would be for all of us. ”
Difficulties began on board the plane – it was not so easy for Cruz to jump out. “This is a huge plane flying at 260 km / h,” says Hewitt.- A zone of increased turbulence forms under the fuselage. It is necessary to take the blow of the oncoming air exactly on the chest, while the blow is quite tangible. Then you need to catch the air flow in order to descend to the target. Tom was falling at a speed of about 250 km / h when he caught up with Walker, and at that moment he needed to slow down his descent. It is very difficult, it takes a lot of experience. ”
The producers brought in veteran aerial photography Craig O’Brien to work on the scene. He has over 23,000 jumps under his belt, in most cases as an operator.To capture all the nuances of the upcoming scene, he made rehearsal jumps with Cruise. A heavy (about 9 kg) Red Weapon camera with IMAX lenses was attached to O’Brien’s helmet. In addition, the operator had to direct the camera without having access to the viewfinder, which was problematic in itself. The device was equipped with Panavision lenses, which automatically calculated the focal length to the target and helped O’Brien adjust focus as Cruise moved in and out. IMAX lenses have never been used in free fall filming before.
After another take, the entire film crew and actors gathered around the monitors to see what happened. The stage was divided into three parts, each of which had to be seriously prepared. Each phase was preceded by careful planning and multi-day training. “At first we thought that the first part was impossible, but after the transition to the second phase, the first one seemed to us the simplest,” laughs Cruz. – When we finished with the second phase, everyone felt squeezed out.The third part turned out to be daunting. I had to figure out how to combine it with the second part, in which I finally get to Henry’s understudy. I tried to grab it, but centrifugal force nearly pulled my hand out of the joint.