In February 2014, Brad and Ben took off for Brazil to capture premium lifestyle footage for Corbis Motion. With the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics swiftly approaching, the eyes of the world are focused on Rio de Janeiro like never before, and the Lighthouse team, with the help of Producer James O’Malley of Carnival Pictures, spent 10 days covering every inch of the iconic city.
Armed with little more than a Sony FS700, a couple of Canon 5D’s, and a trusty flexfill, not to mention Lighthouse’s signature run-and-gun mentality and creative vision, they traversed the city and shot everything from the world-famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema to the heights of the Favelas, from the larger-than-life sights of Sugarloaf and Christ the Redeemer to the down-to-earth people that populate this vast city. Whether it be local fishermen hard at work or local footvolley teams hard at play, a mototaxi navigating through busy traffic or a couple casually browsing a farmer’s market, intense capoeira fighters training in the sand or a traditional drumline performing in the street at night, a group of young friends clapping for the sunset at Ipanema or a group of street kids passing a soccer ball on a hillside overlooking the grand Maracanã Stadium, our team amassed a wealth of footage and were able to get over 100 model releases signed by both hired talent and chance local discoveries.
We set out to capture the true essence of Rio, its vibrant culture and kinetic energy, its rich heritage, history and traditions, and the indomitable spirit of its people, but in the end, it’s safe to say that Rio captured us. Check out the video below to see our lifestyle footage, along with aerial and timelapse footage from Corbis Motion, with Telly Award-winning editing by the one and only Jesse Andrus. Cheers!