The Megawhoosh Water Slide Stunt- MYSTERY SOLVED!

August 13, 2009

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Remember a few days ago I posted a wild video about a tremendous water slide stunt? This guy skyrockets down a water slide and catapults his squirming body into the air, only to land in a 5-foot kiddie pool?

Well, guess what– IT’S FAKE! And I saw this video, too (which doesn’t really explain how they did it, but shows you some of the background props and technology).

According to this blog post (which I hope is not a fake, lol), this is how they did it.

Here’s the back story of the waterslide video in a nutshell – or at least, what we were supposed to believe: German engineer Bruno Kammerl’s… web site was registered in May by an employee of the German subsidiary of marketing giant MRM Worldwide. Chatter about this connection popped up online only a few days after the waterslide video started to become popular, and MRM Worldwide quickly decided to lift the curtain. Microsoft’s logo was added to Kammerl’s Megawoosh.com web site late last week, and MRM Germany CEO Alexander Ewig finally fessed up to his company’s involvement in a press release emailed to us today, saying: “We developed Megaswoosh as a viral campaign for Microsoft Germany.”

…So how was the video really done? As some bloggers guessed, it’s a case of creative compositing, meaning that the clip we get to see is based on multiple elements that were combined together to create a final video. A stuntman slides down the slide, secured by a rope. Then there’s a body flying through the air, which is animated. And finally, the big splash. “He actually jumped from a wooden ramp into the pool,” explained Koenigs. Of course, you don’t get to see any of this in the final clip, thanks to careful editing that makes it look like a single take.

So… the guy who made this video did it for a Microsoft product. Uh huh. Yeah, that REALLY makes me want to invest in Microsoft, suuuure– create a video that will trick people. Hm. Hey Microsoft, didn’t you ever hear the joke about Bill Gates, Hell, and the screensaver? Ha, h.a.

But the video is an engineering/editing marvel. That’s kind of cool, the things you can do with technology.

So the mystery is solved. Of course, I KNEW it was fake, ALL ALONG. :whistle:

And I’m sure YOU did, too, didn’t you? :grinny:

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