Created and Directed by: Charlie Todd
Producers: Alan Aisenberg, Andrew Soltys
Associate Producer: Juan Cocuy
Camera: Lauren Murphy, Chloe Smolkin, Peter Steusloff, Zach Stotlzfus
Hidden Camera: Ilya Smelansky
Sound Mixer: Ken Barbera
Editor: Matt Braunsdorf
Assistant Editor: Danny Behar
Still Photography: Arin Sang-urai
Production Assistants: Danny Behar, Austin Poplin, Alex Romanski, Zak Roland
Field Day Director of Photography: Justin Ayers
Field Day MoVI Operators: Spencer Thielmann, Adam Nawrot
Field Day Assistant Camera: Sarah Harrison
Madeline Hoak, Sam Stage, Angela Buccinni, Yoni Kallai, Milan Bailey, Daniel Cayre, Nathan Ellman-Bell
For our latest mission, six groundskeepers tending to the Bryant Park lawn suddenly transformed into tumblers and acrobats, surprising everyone in the park with an unexpected routine. After their brief performance ended, the groundskeepers immediately went back to their lawn work.
We worked with Bryant Park to stage this mission right before the opening of the lawn for the season. The new lawn is now open to everyone, but right before the rope was taken down, we had the opportunity to stage this surprise.
This project was a collaboration with YouTube’s new Field Day channel. Check out our video on the Field Day channel that features parts of this mission as well as two upcoming missions we’ll be releasing later this summer.
Enjoy the video first and then go behind the scenes with our mission report and photos.
For our collaboration with YouTube’s new Field Day channel, we were challenged to do something above and beyond what we normally do. We decided to take it as an opportunity to collaborate with some new performers who have skills our normal crew doesn’t have. Using the NY email list, we sent a notice that we were looking for tumblers and gymnasts. Things really came together Madeline Hoak got in touch and let us know that she had participated in a few Improv Everywhere things in the past and could help put together a crew of acrobats. We met the performers for a rehearsal at The Muse, a new rehearsal and performance space for circus arts in Brooklyn.
Stay tuned more videos in our Field Day series later this summer!
Song by Tyler Walker: