As someone who has traveled around the world with Jason Paul for the past two years I can say that this scenario is not too far from the truth. Jason is usually the last one on the plane and I am always worried he's going to miss the flight. For the record, we have never missed a flight. This video shot with Red Bull Germany in the Munich Airport is an entertaining look of what it's like to be Jason Paul.
The final jump into the plane was the first shot of this intense three day shoot. Which was good because it mean Jason was fresh and ready. It was team work building up to the jump and getting the stairs to the right spot. Once Jason made the first jump he became comfortable with it. I feel like the pressure dropped less and we could focus more on the different angles and body positions. Then again, I am not the one who has to do the jump over and over again.
Everyone on the crew, camera team and airport were amazing. They made it such a fun and enjoyable experience. They worked hard and fast as they faced challenges with the weather, timing for planes, locations, and restricted areas. It all came together.
One of my goals was to get an image with three logos in it. Red Bull, which is located on his hat. Lufthansa, on the tail of the plane. And the M for Munich airport. All heavily supported the project and made it possible. Red Bull did all the planning and shooting, Munich airport gave us access to their location and Lufthansa even gave us time with one of their planes to shoot in.
I was excited to see Jason do more acting in this pieces. Especially in a production at this scale with bigger setups and extras.
Most of the time I am working behind and around the video-crew to get the shots I need. Figuring out how and when to crop them out, while also getting an interesting shot. I also enjoy showing the behind the scenes aspects of the project.
YouTube celebrity, Nino Taku, had a cameo appearance in the bus during the video. He is reading Once Piece, one of Jason's favorite animes and has been a great source to recommending us more shows to watch! Samurai Champloo and Food Wars are now two of my favorites.
On top of being the main character for this video Jason also took on shooting his own vlog, photoshoots in between takes, a facebook live stream for Red Bull, as well as his own social media on Instagram, Snapchat, and so on. It was a very content packed three days.
Jaanus Ree featured above was also a photographer on this shoot. Having to work with time restraints and lighting set ups is a challenge to balance with the shooting schedule as well as Jason's energy level.
It was fun to see what its like behind the closed doors of the airport. Places where I probably would never have to opportunity to see otherwise. The luggage shoot really does make for a great slide.
I lost count of how many Red Bulls we had on this shoot. Please enjoy Last Call for Mr. Paul: