Created and Directed by: Charlie Todd
Executive Producers: Charlie Todd, Andrew Soltys, Alan Aisenberg, Juan Cocuy, Justin Ayers
Produced by: Andrew Soltys, Aleks Arcabascio, Justin Ayers
Co-Producer: Isabel Lopez
Director of Photography: Justin Ayers
Camera Operators: Chloe Smolkin, Christian Mortensen, Jon Simmons, Spencer Thielmann
Hidden Camera Technician: Zach Rockenstyre
Camera Assistant: Kate Montgomery
Camera PA: Mark Satin
Still Photography: Andy Bisdale
Sound Mixer: Harris Karlin
A2: Nick Mastorakis
Wardrobe/Props: Zelda Vyssotsky
Production Assistant: Chris Kelly, Cameron Mitchell, Tyler Orr, Kenzie Woodrow, Nick Silva, Marquis Powell, Alex Tymchak, Jason Kasman
Editor: Matt Braunsdorf
DIT: Ryan Connors
Music: Tyler Walker
For our latest mission, we set up a 2-foot tall platform in Bryant Park with an attached sign that read “Dance Captain Wanted.” When random New Yorkers stepped on the platform, our mob of 100 dancers copied their every move.
Enjoy the video first and then go behind the scenes with our mission report and photos.
I’ve had this idea in my head for about 5 years, and it was really fun to finally realize it. Lately I’ve been particularly excited by concepts that allow random people on the street to take center stage. In many ways, this project is a sequel to our 2013 mission Conduct Us, where we gave random New Yorkers the chance to conduct a world class orchestra. Although one big difference is that while almost no one knows how to conduct, lots of people have great dance moves in their back pocket.
Production photos from photographer Andrew Bisdale: Mission Photos
Listen to the full song by Tyler Walker: