In 2014 I shot behind the scenes on a Red Bull Germany video shoot with Jason Paul and Team Farang. The idea consisted of freerunning on a moving train being shot by a drone so it would look like a video game. The team and crew assembled in Germany over a course of a week to make this happen. Ahead of time obstacles, tricks, and esthetics were planned out and built. I had been on many sets before but never one that involved so many moving parts and with that much potential danger. Freerunners on moving trains followed but a large drone. I never want to be in the way when I come to a set to shoot but this felt like an extreme game of run and dodge. Everything had to match up. The pace of Jason and his team mates, the spacing of the drone and the speed of the train. It didn't happen without trial and error. The location had to be moved because of what was seen in the back ground. The set up had to be taken down in order to be moved through a tunnel and the way the obstacles were facing had to be switched due to the location change. Weather was also an issue, I always joke that my winters are German summers. The rain came and went through out the week. All we could do is wait for the weather to clear. Being out in a field there wasn't many places for us to gain cover.
I used my 70-200mm telephoto lens to get these shots because I had to stay clear of drone and not be in the way. While there was down time and set ups were being made I could use my wide lens to take photos of the guys rehearsing and having a good time.
Despite the set backs the atmosphere was fun and positive. The last day there was high stress due to the time and weather but everyone pulled together and they made it through. I believe the combination of this shoot gave it such a unique and interesting look. In the beginning it feels like your eyes are playing tricks on you. Enjoy the video and some of my photos at the end.