The really unique challenge on this commercial was that the on camera skydiver had to speak lines in free-fall. To make it even more challenging, specific lines had to be timed with camera moves such as a pan to the talent. This was what Director Pierre de Lespoines of CREST Films wanted. Some of the shots also required me to be flying upside down to get an up angle such as when Jeff Habberstad (on camera stuntman) deployed his parachute, while speaking specific dialogue. The next day, Jeff had to speak the lines again without the free fall noise. The 2nd day of the shoot was all "fake" shots, close-ups etc, again with dialogue. The first days filming went so well, not one frame was needed from the fake shots. After the 3rd jump of the day, we actually had ALL the shots on the storyboard. We made 5 more jumps that day, getting the Director more coverage than he ever anticipated. This was a very decadent job. We skydived from 14,000 feet from a twin engine King Air. Then after reviewing the video in the landing zone with the Director, Client and Agency, we were flown from the private ocean front ranch outside Santa Barbara to the airport via a helicopter. The helicopter was basically just an aerial taxi to get us over to the King Air for all 8 jumps.

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