Friday, April 01, 2011

Rowing - The Music Video

I posted the teaser for this a while back. Here is the full video.



Who knew rowing was so action-packed and sexy?!

Thanks Woods!

I’ll be the first to admit: crew is not a spectator sport. While we have our share of come-from-behind wins and photo-finishes, it just doesn’t have that panache that you find in other sporting activities. Although the music video does manage to make it look pretty darn stylish. 

Technically accurate? Not so much...

5 comments:

  1. I've got to say, it's REALLY hard to watch them scull in their quintuple... :-)

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  2. Both crews look too pretty at the end of the race. As a former coxswain I've seen some pretty ugly things like snot, drool, bloody hands and that's just from the girls. Guys are worse.

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  3. This video was mentioned in Dan Boyne's account of the filming of the rowing scenes for The Social Network. He was their rowing consultant (he's a rowing history author and recreational sculling coach at Harvard). The music video tried to employ him and he politely declined.

    Here are links to his article (written in nine parts; the last one comments on the video) - totally worth reading:

    http://row2k.com/features/features.cfm?action=read&ID=476

    http://row2k.com/features/features.cfm?action=read&ID=478

    http://row2k.com/features/features.cfm?action=read&ID=480

    http://row2k.com/features/features.cfm?action=read&ID=482

    http://row2k.com/features/features.cfm?action=read&ID=484

    http://row2k.com/features/features.cfm?action=read&ID=485

    http://row2k.com/features/features.cfm?action=read&ID=486

    http://row2k.com/features/features.cfm?action=read&ID=491

    http://row2k.com/features/features.cfm?action=read&ID=494

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  4. Oh, and I forgot to mention, a marketer making a pharmaceutical commercial featuring sculling (also in a quint!) tried to get my advice a few years ago. I didn't get wrapped up in it, but I know one of the rowers they cast and it ended up being all kinds of crazy. Their approach was to film a quad twice, swapping one of the guys out for another, and then "photoshopping" it to look like all five were rowing together. And they did it on open water. I don't think it ever got finished.

    The whole reason they didn't want to just use a quad is that they were marketing in China, and four is an unlucky number there. Know what their luckiest number is? Eight. Go figure.

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  5. Aaron,

    What a great story. I’m going to repost.

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