Slow Mo Home Depot (Remastered)


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Created and Directed by: Charlie Todd / Editor Ilya Smelansky / Music: Tyler Walker

225 people shop in slow motion in a Manhattan Home Depot for five minutes and then freeze in place for five minutes, surprising and delighting the employees and customers in the store.

This is a newly remastered video of our classic 2006 project containing new footage and drastically improved video quality. Slow Mo Home Depot was the first time Improv Everywhere staged a “freeze in place” mission, and it served as the inspiration for Frozen Grand Central the following year.

Shot by: Matt Adams, George Gross, Chris Kula, Tommy Lanoie, Lauren Reeves, Jamey Shafer, Ptolemy Slocum, Charlie Todd
Photography: Chad Nicholson, Nicky Pallas

This 2006 mission is the fifth in a series of remastered videos we are producing from our archives. We are going through our original tapes and updating old classics with higher quality video and audio, as well as adding additional never-before-seen footage. Due to file size restrictions in the early days of YouTube, many of these videos have only been seen in extremely low 240p quality. The remastered Slow Mo Home Depot video dramatically improves the video quality and removes the previously used copyrighted music, allowing the video to be seen in some countries for the first time. The original mission report is still online for your reading pleasure.

Look for more remastered videos in the future, and stay tuned for our regular schedule of brand new missions throughout the year.

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The Mannequin Mob


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Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge / Music by Tyler Walker

For our latest mission, we surprised shoppers and employees at the 5th Avenue Gap in Manhattan by giving the store 40 extra mannequins. Performers entered the store wearing white Morphsuits under Gap-style clothing. At the exact same second they zipped up their suits and froze in place next to the store’s actual mannequins. Customers and employees laughed and took photos of the performance, but Gap security reacted by dialing 911. The police arrived and handcuffed many performers, but after assessing the situation, everyone was allowed to leave the store.

Enjoy the video first and then go behind the scenes with our mission report and photos.

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Spider-Man In Real Life – Update!


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Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge / Music by Tyler Walker

[Watch the video first and then read the spoilers below]

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Spider-Man In Real Life


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Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge / Music by Tyler Walker

For our latest mission, we brought Spider-Man to life by having a stunt performer in costume jump off a 20-story building in Midtown Manhattan, surprising the random New Yorkers on the street below.

This project is part of our ongoing series, Movies in Real Life. Enjoy the video first and then go behind the scenes with our mission report and photos below.

UPDATE: There is a very important update to this project that you should read after you’ve seen the video.

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Surprise Torch Run


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Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge / Music by Tyler Walker

We staged a fake torch run in the middle of Manhattan, giving random New Yorkers a chance to carry the flame. A performer posing as an injured athlete asked people on the street to help her by carrying the torch around the block. Once the New Yorkers rounded the corner, they were surprised by a huge mob of people cheering and a TV news crew. Enjoy the video first and then go behind the scenes with our mission report and photos.

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