Yesterday a simply spectacular day at the Danger Boy “office”. After weeks of careful preparations, rehearsals and getting a half dozen or so super difficult to obtain permits we finally got to implement our big Samsung Mega Water Stunt at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. This really was a dream stunt as it incorporated the new Flyboard “water jet pack” technology that we have been itching to work with for so long now. If you haven’t seen this awesome new watersports device check it out right now! Basically it is an assembly that attaches to a high performance jet ski that takes all the water output from the jet ski and puts it right under the stunt performers feet. A 4” diameter hose feeds the water from the jet ski up to 50’ to the Flyboard itself which is strapped to the performers feet. The results are spectacular. It is one of those images where it feels like you are looking right at the future. The Flyboard performer can travel up to 35’ off the water, do flips, twists and all manner of stunts over a lake or large pool. Amazing!
The Flyboard was just part of this awesome live stunt. Another huge aspect of the event was the “Samsung Stunt Barge” which was the hub of all the activity on the water. The Danger Boy team built a massive Samsung branded set on the stunt barge and added a DJ, an MC and super-pumping sound system. Of course in true Danger Boy style we loaded the barge up with tens of thousands of dollars worth of high-elevation pyrotechnic effects. For the finale of the Flybaord stunt show the huge “MEGA” sign burst into brightly lit pyro with 300 individual pyro lances where it burned for 45 seconds as comets fired up to 250’ in the air as the Flyboarder sailed through the foreground.
Over the August long weekend Danger Boy (and our affiliate, Foam Party Canada) were hired to put on a gigantic Foam Party for the festival goers at Boots & Hearts Country Music Festival (largest of its kind in Canada!) The event was sponsored by Corona and needless to say, we think it was a huge hit. The video above is a little edit we put together of the great time had by all.
Danger Boy has done a few TV segments on Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet before and we always have a lot of fun with them. It is one of the few shows left on Discovery that still has more science than BS and we appreciate that. Last week they asked us for some assistance as they were doing a segment on police surveillance drones (AKA quadcopters, UAVs etc) and they wanted Danger Boy to “spice it up” a bit with some real world explosions. This sounded super exciting as we love big blow ups and, drones are something that we have been getting into recently with the purchase of our shop DJI Phantom quadcopter. Right away we loved the Phantom quadcopter but we realize that it is just a consumer model. We were really looking forward to seeing what the real high end surveillance drones could do.
Our team gathered on an secret site near Burlington Ontario where the police are allowed to blow stuff up whenever they like. We then staged a couple of pretty large scale gas bombs directly behind the Daily Planet host Ziya Tong. In her opening sequence the police drone hovered overhead capturing the shot as Ziya read her intro. On cue we set off a 40’ diameter gas bomb went off behind her and everyone loved it. Ziya then interviewed our old friend Andy Olesen of the Peel Region police and they talked drones. It will be a fun segment.
After the shoot was over we still had one “hit” left. Now you can’t really disassemble a gas bomb and take it home. Not safely at anyway… We decided to blow this one off with our own drone (AKA Danger Drone) hovering very close above with a GoPro in tow. Check out the crazy video we got of the gas bomb exploding right from Danger Drone’s POV. It was literally covered in gas at the end of that shot but all is well though and Danger Drone will certainly live to fly another day.
Thanks to everyone who helped put this dangerous outing together: The Peel Police and the Daily Planet.