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...


  1. Anonymous5:14 PM

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

  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.

  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:

  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.

  5. Aaron,

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