Created and Directed by: Charlie Todd
Producers: Alan Aisenberg, Andrew Soltys
Associate Producer: Juan Cocuy
Camera: Lauren Murphy, Chloe Smolkin, Peter Steusloff, Christian Mortensen
Hidden Camera: Ilya Smelansky
Sound Mixer: Ken Barbera
Editor: Matt Braunsdorf
Music Editor: Tyler Walker
Assistant Editor: Danny Behar
Still Photography: Arin Sang-urai (photo credit for every photo on this page)
Production Assistants: Danny Behar, Austin Poplin, Alex Romanski, Zak Roland
Field Day Director of Photography: Justin Ayers
Field Day M?VI Operators: Spencer Thielmann, Adam Nawrot
Field Day Assistant Camera: Sarah Harrison
Cast: John Druzba & Emily Vartanian (first couple); Jared Reed, Irvin Khaytman, Emily Lin, Yelena Mirsakova, Lukas Weichert, Sue Marantz, Anna Fajkowski, Jason Chuang, Anna Conser, Natallia Savitskay, RJ Susara, Julia Vahidova, Dwayne Beach
Music: Railroad Jive by David Tobin/Jeff Meegan/Charley Harrison via Audio Network
For our latest mission, pedestrians in a busy New York crosswalk begin ballroom dancing one by one as they “accidentally” bump into their partners. This project took place on the crosswalk in front of Penn Station on 7th Avenue, one of the busiest spots in the city. We staged the mission several times, with the performance repeating at each change of the light and always finishing before the “Don’t Walk” countdown clock reached zero.
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 our Groundskeeper Acrobats and Unexpected Ballet missions.
Enjoy the video first and then go behind the scenes with our mission report and photos.
For this project we put out a call to our NYC mailing list looking for ballroom dancers. For the most part participants didn’t know each other before this project, though some participated with their dance partners. We had one loose rehearsal just to walk through the logistics and make sure everyone was comfortable with the idea and their partners.