Megawoosh Water Slide

A video clip seemingly shows a man shooting down a waterslide, flying off a ramp, and landing in a small wading pool far away.

  • Published 13 August 2009
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A video clip shows a man shooting down a waterslide, flying off a ramp, and landing in a small wading pool far away.

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A video clip of a man (engineer Bruno Kammerl) in a neoprene suit shooting down a waterslide, flying off a ramp, traveling an amazingly long distance, and landing smack in the middle of a tiny wading pool hit the Internet in August 2009:

This clip not a visual recording of a real event, but rather a viral advertisement for Microsoft Germany accomplished through a combination of video editing techniques as explained at NewTeeVee.com:

It’s a case of creative compositing, meaning that the clip we get to see is based on multiple elements that were combined together to create a final video. A stuntman slides down the slide, secured by a rope. Then there’s a body flying through the air, which is animated. And finally, the big splash. “He actually jumped from a wooden ramp into the pool,” explained [Maik] Koenigs. Of course, you don’t get to see any of this in the final clip, thanks to careful editing that makes it look like a single take.

A clip from a portion of the shoot shows a stuntman going partway down the slide for the initial segment of the video: