Created and Directed by: Charlie Todd
Music: Tyler Walker
Producers: Alan Aisenberg, Andrew Soltys
Belaying and Rig Team: Ilya Smelansky, Cameron Sun, Connor Dunlap, Tucker Markus, Michael Tannenbaum
Camera: Justin Ayers, Denis Cardineau, Sarah Harrison
Sound: Ken Barbera
Photography: Arin Sang-urai (photo credit for all photos on this page.)
Production Assistants: Maneet Chawla, Juan Cocuy, Dave Szarejko
Equipment Provided by: Rode Microphones, Brooklyn Climbers Association
Bad Guy: Aaron Anaya
Mary Jane Watson: Lauren Ireland
Spider-Man: Richie Rodriguez
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.
Agent Ilya Smelansky works on Agent Richie Rodriguez’s costume
We worked with parkour and stunt performer Richie Rodriguez, who is no stranger to these types of jumps. We also partnered with the Brooklyn Climbers Association and had some of their trained professionals on board to oversee the safety of the stunt. We were confident this was something we could pull off safely, but there were many x-factors. We had no permission or permit for any of this. Our team found a building under construction on 34th Street that gave us easy roof access. We were able to sneak up our equipment over the course of three weekends.
Agent Rodriguez on the roof
Creative meeting with the stunt crew
Agent Andrew Soltys goes over a crude mockup of our setup
A crowd begins to form
Right before the jump
View from Spider-Man’s GoPro
Watch the full series– all 13 episodes in one playlist:
– Episode 1: Rocky In Real Life
– Episode 2: Indiana Jones In Real Life
– Episode 3: Lord of the Rings In Real Life
– Episode 4: The Matrix In Real Life
– Episode 5: Back to the Future In Real Life
– Episode 6: Jurassic Park In Real Life
– Episode 7: When Harry Met Sally In Real Life
– Episode 8: Harry Potter In Real Life
– Episode 9: Spartacus In Real Life
– Episode 10: A Christmas Story In Real Life
Full set of photos from photographer Arin Sang-urai.
Listen to the track by Tyler Walker: