SONY

by Tom Sanders· August 01, 2017· in TV COMMERCIALS· 0 comments
This commercial for SONY has a skydiver (Guy Manos) falling through the sky while sitting in a living room chair. He has a business suit on and two hidden parachutes. Hidden parachute jumps are potentially very dangerous. In this commercial a jet flies by the skydiver in the chair, making it tumble out of control. This commercial has a funny surprise ending. We went through about 15 chairs on this shoot. The behind the scenes of this commercial can be viewed on the “How’d They Do That” segment that features this commercial which is also on Vimeo. My company Aerial Focus was hired to coordinate and perform the freefall cinematography for this commercial. BEHIND THE SCENES
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WEBER

by Tom Sanders· August 01, 2017· in TV COMMERCIALS· 0 comments
This Weber barbecue commercial originally was a contest where entrants were to submit a video of how they use their Weber barbecue. The winners, were two skydivers that took a Weber barbecue on a skydive. My company Aerial Focus was hired to re-shoot the original commercial in high quality 35mm film so that it could actually air on TV. That was back when consumer video cameras were not producing good enough technical quality for TV. I was the stunt coordinator and freefall cinematographer. I put a white skydiver smoke in the barbecue to get a “smoking effect” coming out of the barbecue. Skydivers Kevin and Bill got to play themselves in this TV version too.
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PHILLIPS

by Tom Sanders· August 01, 2017· in TV COMMERCIALS· 0 comments
Stunt skydiver Matt McCarter jumps from an airplane, performs some nice freefall tricks then both of his parachutes fail to open. He pulls out his cell phone to call for help. Funny commercial. I was the stunt coordinator and freefall cinematographer. My company Aerial Focus was hired to handle all of the skydiving portions of this commercial.
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SUPER SOCCER

by Tom Sanders· August 01, 2017· in TV COMMERCIALS· 0 comments
This commercial involves skydiving and playing soccer at the same time. This was to promote a big soccer match. We had a professional soccer player coach my skydivers on how to look like a pro soccer player, different soccer moves etc. My rigger Albert Champagne developed soccer balls weighted with jello that was injected into the air valve with a needle. We tested the different weights in the wind tunnel at Perris Valley Parachute Center. The commercial was shot at Lake Elsinore Parachute Center in So. CA. We used these real soccer balls on some jumps, we made some jumps pretending to kick soccer balls which were later added in post. We used Skip Evan’s Twin Beech aircraft and DC-3. Director was Bob Gordon. I was the stunt coordinator and freefall cinematographer.
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YAMAHA

by Tom Sanders· December 19, 2014· in TV COMMERCIALS· 0 comments
This commercial incorporates a Yamaha moped in a skydive. The skydiver drives the motor scooter out of a Skyvan aircraft, then gets off of the scooter, flys through the sky in freefall performing experienced skydiving moves like barrel rolls, flys back to the scooter, gets back on the scooter, opens a custom Yamaha logo parachute. The skydiver then steers the parachute to a perfect landing, cuts the parachute away and drives off. This was shot for Yamaha of Taiwan.   BEHIND THE SCENES
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