By Billy The Kid / Bottom Posts / 29th March 2017
“Like it or not, we live in interesting times. They are times of danger and uncertainty; but they are also the most creative of any time in the history of mankind.”
When Robert F. Kennedy uttered these words back in 1966, he probably didn’t have South African director Luke Apteker in mind. Already having pushed the boundaries with his editing work on Enter the Ninja for Die Antwoord, Red Bull BC One and the Mercedes-Benz Silver Slipstream commercial, Apteker now brings us even closer to his searing brand of creativity with The Fastest Man Alive – a camera test gone deliciously rogue.
His latest project began with a prototype camera from renowned boundary pushers Vision Research. Their new Phantom Veo 640 is a high speed camera which can capture slow motion footage with extreme clarity. It’s also a third of the size of cameras with similar specs, meaning that it can be strapped to a drone.
Apteker was the first to take advantage of this. The team used the opportunity to shoot slo-mo like never before, which brings us neatly back to The Fastest Man Alive; a passion project that started off as a camera test and snowballed into a full-blown short film.
An extreme motocross athlete is pitted against a washed up speed eating champion. World champion vs gold medallist, racing against the clock. They’ve also thrown in a smoking hot babe, for good measure and your viewing pleasure.
The result is something that is nothing short of mind-blowing, as some of the shots in this epic short film will literally leave you breathless. Luke and his team absolutely knocked this one out of the park.
Luke Apteker – Writer, Director, Editor
Karl Schmidt – DOP
Duran Levinson – DOP 2
Dean Engela – Drone
Caleb Tennant – Rider
Mat Caldecott – Eating Champ
Rachel Kay – Judge
Marya Hardwicke – Stylist
Dylan Culhane – Assisting Art Director
Ross Finck – Sound
Kyle Stroebel – Grade
Agency – Made Agency
Have a look at the behind the scenes documentary and experience life on the set of a crazy project like this one:
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