Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Honda commercial


If you thought that the people who set up a room full of dominos to
have them knocked over later was amazing, you haven't seen anything yet.  There are no computer graphics or digital tricks in these images.

Everything that you see happened in real time exactly as you see it.
The recording required 606 takes and in the first 605 takes there
always was something, usually of minor importance, that didn't work.
It was necessary for the recording team to install the set-up time
aftertime and it took several weeks working day and night to achieve
this effect...  The recording cost 6 million dollars and it took 3
months to finish, including the engineering design of the sequence.

The duration of the video is only 2 minutes, but every time that Honda shows the commercial on British television, they make enough money to support any of us for the rest of our lives. However, this commercial has turned out to be the most displayed in the history of the Internet.  Honda execs think that it will pay for itself simply because of the free showings.  When Honda senior execs viewed it, they immediately approved it without hesitation -- including costs.

Everything you see in the sequence (besides the walls, floor, ramp,
and untouched Honda Accord) is part of two automobiles.  The voice is that of Garrison Keillor.  The commercial was so well received by Honda execs when they saw it, that their first comment was how amazing the computer graphics were.  They almost fell out of their chairs when told that the recording was real without any graphics manipulation. By the way, about the windshield wipers in the new Honda Accords, they are sensitive to water and designed to start working as soon as they get wet.

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