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Microsoft's slide ad: real or fake?

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 11th 2009 9:30AM
I hardly ever get to see foreign TV commercials, so that's one of the good things about the web. This one is a Microsoft ad from Germany. There seems to be some question as to whether or not it's real or fake, but I'm strongly leaning towards fake.

[via Adfreak]

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Jake

Officially fake. Check out the "making of" video linked at the below Snopes article.

http://www.snopes.com/photos/advertisements/megawoosh.asp

August 14 2009 at 12:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tanner

The biggest clue that this is fake...He's going head first when he starts down the slide, but when he is launched off the ramp, he is suddenly feet first.

August 12 2009 at 9:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David Holtzinger

Great little stunt. It's fake but looks great.

August 11 2009 at 12:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
whawha

here's how it was done: Guy at the top of the slide rolls off the slide at the low part, which is obscured by the camera angle and the hill. CG is used to show the "guy" flying off the slide, through the air and splashing down. A second actor was in the tub, submerged while the camera was tracking the area where the CG was to be comped in. When the camera pans to the tub, he emerges, as though it was the same fella "flying" through the air.

August 11 2009 at 10:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Chris

Short version. It is fake and an ad for Microsoft.

August 11 2009 at 10:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jake

It could be real... if it ended with paramedics rushing the tub and not three douchebags in North Face coats. Watch any real stunt, and you'll see that the "first responders" are always the guys with the medicine and fire extinguishers.

Also, his back did not appear to be broken, which it most definitely would be.

August 11 2009 at 9:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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