I love unicycling. Which other sport can you phone the top retailer, asking if you can interrupt business for a day or two to use their warehouse to film a video and their only question is; ‘When are you coming?’.
After finishing my HNC course for summer I didn’t want to sit around until October when the HND starts without filming anything. After playing with a few ideas I had in my head I got on the phone to Roger at Unicycle.com and we discussed ideas. I took a trip up to the warehouse in late July for a recce, where we all managed to put our heads together and came up with a rough plan. A guided tour style video, shot in one take, tracking the progress of an order through the warehouse, with lots of riding going on around it, obviously!
In order to make the video interesting we wanted to be able to ride on the unicycle box that would be the subject of the video. This required a bit of pre-planning and the guys at UDC made this ‘special’ 36″ unicycle box.
To the untrained eye, it just looks like any other unicycle box you would receive if you ordered from Unicycle.com. However, once you open the box you can see the difference.
Having the box lined with the wooden box allowed us to hop on it, kick it, throw it and generally abuse it without risking damaging an actual unicycle.
One of the main obstacles I’d wanted in the video from very early on in the project was a stairset that looked like it was one of the stacks of unicycle boxes in the warehouse. It’s something I’d had on my mind for a very long time. Amazingly, with the help of the guys at UDC, we made it a reality.
We started with the stairs from Stockton Unicycle Club’s trippy trials course and used cardboard to cover the steps. Then we attached pieces of strapping to make each stair look like a box stacked in a staggered fashion. Finally, we hid the stairset among the piles of boxes and made a run up with pallets, a sheet of plywood and a final top layer of cardboard.
Complete! Just add riders.
Then came the difficult part, choreographing everyone to be in the right place at the right time. The video follows one box through the warehouse as it gets passed from one person to another and we never wanted the box to stop moving for very long. In order to keep it visually interesting we wanted some sort of action to be on screen all the time. This presented a challenge because we only had 8 people on hand and we also had to make sure that they didn’t get in shot when getting to their positions. We went through about 10 dry runs without rolling the camera and once we thought we had it all figured out we went for a take. I think the total number in the end was 18 run throughs. I won’t go into detail, but check out the behind the scenes video for an insight into what went down on the day.
Finally, here’s some photos taken by Doug Harris. Big thanks to him for taking these and letting me use them.