HTC STAGES THE WORLD’S FIRST FREE FALL FASHION SHOOT CAPTURED ON A MOBILE HANDSET

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– Campaign features model and champion skydiver Roberta Mancino, LA Times Stylist Hayley Atkins and Hollywood Costume Designer Martin Izquierdo –

To launch its new HTC One™ series, HTC, a leading global designer of smartphones, has put a consumer at the heart of its latest TV commercial by challenging a couple of amateur photographers to capture the world’s first free fall fashion shoot on a mobile phone. The campaign is designed to push the boundaries of performance for the mobile handset and its camera capabilities by demonstrating that it is possible to capture great shots whatever the environment.

HTC Fans Snap Up Main Roles in Shoot

To really bring the shoot to life, HTC challenged Nick Jojola and Tony Mac, amateur photographers, who had never skydived before to capture high production fashion imagery on the HTC One handsets whilst freefalling at 126mph. This not only delivered an unforgettable personal experience but it also created an amazing real-world product demonstration.

Filmed on location in Arizona, by skydiving cinematographer Norman Kent, the shoot features world champion skydiver and model, Roberta Mancino. Shot at dusk and dawn this complex and demanding advertising creative is designed to bring to life the simultaneous video and photo capture functionality and instant capture capabilities of the new HTC One™ handsets. Both the HTC One™ X and HTC One™ S challenge traditional digital compact cameras by delivering a range of features including high quality images even in low light conditions, instant image capture, auto focus, burst mode and backlight HDR technology and the ability to take stills from already shot HD video footage that operate effectively in both normal and adverse conditions.

The dive

This adrenalin-filled shoot, which took place over 35 jumps, featured a team of nine skydivers including the amateur photographers, who had never done any commercial photography before, let alone a free fall sky dive! The dive team also included key members of a high-fashion photography crew such as lighting experts, mid-air make-up artists and divers carrying smoke machines to create that all important ‘hero shot’ 12,000ft above the ground.

The fashion

This sophisticated creative was styled by LA Times Stylist Hayley Atkin, who dressed Roberta in a Martin Izquierdo creation (renowned for a number of Hollywood costumes including the latest Spiderman outfit). In this instance, Izquierdo created a futuristic mirrored bodysuit, featuring 75 individual pieces of plexi glass, and a beautiful jacket with hundreds of oil slick coq feathers individually hand sewn to withstand extreme wind conditions. The outfit was completed with a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti heelless shoes. Hair and make-up stylist, Adam Breuchaud, was responsible for creating a look which could survive a 12,000ft fall at 126mph, which he achieved with a swept back ponytail, with dramatically dark eyes and nude lips.

The creative was developed by global ad agency Mother, and directed by Sara Dunlop of Rattling Stick Productions.

You can read our interview with Hayley Atkin here and with Adam Breuchaud here. Also read Alan Greenhalgh’s day on set in Arizona.

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