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EK ad from top of Burj Khalifa will blow your mind

Tue Aug 10, 2021 5:03 pm

Didn't see this posted, but I think this is a great piece, and brave on the part of, Nicole Smith-Ludvik. As someone in marketing for 25 years, I love innovative efforts like this. Kudos.

https://youtu.be/uQHhYRuaEtM <-spot. 1.3M views in 4 days
https://twitter.com/emirates/status/1424657265181724676?s=20 <-Tweet on how they did it.

No way would you get me up there. :shock:
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Tue Aug 10, 2021 5:10 pm

TWA302 wrote:
Didn't see this posted, but I think this is a great piece, and brave on the part of the F/A, Nicole Smith-Ludvik. As someone in marketing for 25 years, I love innovative efforts like this. Kudos.

https://youtu.be/uQHhYRuaEtM <-spot. 1.3M views in 4 days
https://twitter.com/emirates/status/1424657265181724676?s=20 <-Tweet on how they did it.

No way would you get me up there. :shock:



That is very cool and like you, I wouldn't be caught dead up there! Well, actually, I'd be dead of a heart attack as I stepped out on the platform.

Job well done on that ad. I'll hand it to the woman, she has some balls. Congrats to her for being willing to do that.
 
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Re: EK ad from top of Burj Khalifa will blow your mind

Tue Aug 10, 2021 5:13 pm

Smith-Ludvik isn't a flight attendant at EK or anywhere else, but a professional skydiver and skydiving instructor. That makes it no less impressive, but a bit easier to grasp.
 
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Re: EK ad from top of Burj Khalifa will blow your mind

Tue Aug 10, 2021 5:22 pm

I'd be like "don't drop the signs. Don't drop the signs." Very cool -- and brave -- stuff.
 
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Re: EK ad from top of Burj Khalifa will blow your mind

Tue Aug 10, 2021 5:24 pm

flightwriter wrote:
Smith-Ludvik isn't a flight attendant at EK or anywhere else, but a professional skydiver and skydiving instructor. That makes it no less impressive, but a bit easier to grasp.


Thanks, corrected that. Still has massive cajones! :lol:
 
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Re: EK ad from top of Burj Khalifa will blow your mind

Tue Aug 10, 2021 5:38 pm

I have the utmost respect for the people that can work outdoors at these heights. I'll have to admit, my legs felt a bit uneasy just watching the videos. Nicole Smith-Ludvik did an amazing job. I agree with FriscoHeavy, as I would have passed out and died being up there. Great ad on their part.
 
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Tue Aug 10, 2021 5:45 pm

So easy to have done this with CGI, but . . . you lose out on all the free media that will come with pulling off such a real-life thing. Dollars-wise, probably get more exposure for the ad by spending the extra to do it real than you would via CGI. Good show!
 
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Tue Aug 10, 2021 5:48 pm

Mortyman wrote:


Well there goes my confident "You realise that's just green screen, right?" :rotfl:
 
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Tue Aug 10, 2021 5:50 pm

I do not have a problem with flying but having an advert reminding me that while I am in a plane there is nothing holding me up but air and I am a long way up is having the opposite effect than wanting to rush out an buy an airplane ticket.
 
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Re: EK ad from top of Burj Khalifa will blow your mind

Tue Aug 10, 2021 6:13 pm

My heart goes out to her! Not afraid of heights, but that's still a massive NOPE from me!
 
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Tue Aug 10, 2021 6:30 pm

MrHMSH wrote:
My heart goes out to her! Not afraid of heights, but that's still a massive NOPE from me!


Haha... if that looks scary, the stuff Gladys Ingle used to do is far more brave -

https://travelupdate.com/gladys-ingle-repairing-plane-video/

There is no way you'd get me changing planes in mid-air and then repairing a wheel. They were crazy back in the day!
 
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Tue Aug 10, 2021 6:47 pm

That looks so scary. Imagine if you slipped.
 
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Tue Aug 10, 2021 7:03 pm

adv40624 wrote:
I have the utmost respect for the people that can work outdoors at these heights. I'll have to admit, my legs felt a bit uneasy just watching the videos. Nicole Smith-Ludvik did an amazing job. I agree with FriscoHeavy, as I would have passed out and died being up there. Great ad on their part.

Yeah, gave me the willies watching it too. She's a braver soul than I, that's for sure.
 
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Tue Aug 10, 2021 7:15 pm

Where was the camera person? Not a fan of Dubai but pretty cool marketing.
 
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Tue Aug 10, 2021 7:59 pm

kiowa wrote:
Where was the camera person? Not a fan of Dubai but pretty cool marketing.


Filmed from a drone.
 
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Tue Aug 10, 2021 8:04 pm

IceCream wrote:
That looks so scary. Imagine if you slipped.


She had fall protection on. Not a good idea to slip but Also not fatal
 
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Tue Aug 10, 2021 8:07 pm

Fun ad, but fails to express a unique selling proposition as to why someone should fly on Emirates. (I’m watching the actress, not the words on the cards).
If they had gone further and perhaps promoted seeing the modern wonders of the world on Emirates and use this as well as other dramatic shots from their destinations it would promote the airline and their world wide reach.
 
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Tue Aug 10, 2021 8:12 pm

Respect, even 20 feet off the ground I start the whole shaking in fear thing. Nope nope nope Noooooope.

I think the ad promoted Dubai as a destination and EK as its flag carrier.
 
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Re: EK ad from top of Burj Khalifa will blow your mind

Tue Aug 10, 2021 8:22 pm

Pretty cool lady. Is she a real Emirates flight attendant or some stunt specialist?
 
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Tue Aug 10, 2021 8:39 pm

Your question was already answered.
Please start reading from the top. ;)
 
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Tue Aug 10, 2021 8:55 pm

Spetsnaz55 wrote:
IceCream wrote:
That looks so scary. Imagine if you slipped.


She had fall protection on. Not a good idea to slip but Also not fatal

That's good to know. I'd assume she's also not a FA but some sort of professional?
 
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Re: EK ad from top of Burj Khalifa will blow your mind

Tue Aug 10, 2021 8:56 pm

Cool and no green screen. Much props to Emirates, they know how to generate marketing buzz.
 
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Tue Aug 10, 2021 9:19 pm

IADFan wrote:
I'd be like "don't drop the signs. Don't drop the signs." Very cool -- and brave -- stuff.


omg can you imagine lmaooo
 
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Tue Aug 10, 2021 10:08 pm

She's got to be a stunt performer whom is not afraid of heights dressed as a Emirates Cabin Attendant ?!?!
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Tue Aug 10, 2021 10:09 pm

My knees get weak and I struggle to hold my bladder just watching it!!
 
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Re: EK ad from top of Burj Khalifa will blow your mind

Tue Aug 10, 2021 10:37 pm

Wow, very difficult indeed, even it looks so simple.
-Hair, Makeup, Wardrobe has to do last looks before the shoot... how ?
-Drone operator has to be pretty close also, not on the ground.
-I even think, the words on those cards might be superimposed during post production. Knowing clients and agencies for years, they never agree on the actual slogans before the shoot date and they always second guess themselves, even after the shoot.
Well done.
 
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Tue Aug 10, 2021 11:12 pm

Reminds me of this video of a technician climbing a radio tower to replace a light bulb on top of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INbKYq0G9nU - all in a day's job...
 
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ABpositive wrote:
Reminds me of this video of a technician climbing a radio tower to replace a light bulb on top of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INbKYq0G9nU - all in a day's job...


Thanks for posting that *sarcasm*. I watched it and think I nearly puked 8 times sitting here in my house.

To me, that is some scary stuff. I really don’t think there is an amount of money you could pay me to do that.

:lol:
 
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Wed Aug 11, 2021 12:55 am

Just think - they could have hired on the cheap any one of those Russian teenagers doing risky skywalking videos.
 
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Wed Aug 11, 2021 1:02 am

TK787 wrote:
-I even think, the words on those cards might be superimposed during post production. Knowing clients and agencies for years, they never agree on the actual slogans before the shoot date and they always second guess themselves, even after the shoot.


Exactly. There were only two cards she is going through. watch the cards in the top right so you can see that one has a little damage there and how often it comes to the front.
 
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Re: EK ad from top of Burj Khalifa will blow your mind

Wed Aug 11, 2021 1:16 am

Holy cow! I am surprised that there is no wind at that height…

ABpositive wrote:
Reminds me of this video of a technician climbing a radio tower to replace a light bulb on top of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INbKYq0G9nU - all in a day's job...

I get wet hands when I watch such videos…
 
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Re: EK ad from top of Burj Khalifa will blow your mind

Wed Aug 11, 2021 7:12 am

I need to visit the lavatory just watching the ad.
 
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Re: EK ad from top of Burj Khalifa will blow your mind

Wed Aug 11, 2021 7:54 am

Just seeing the picture has me shaking with vertigo. I can't even watch the ad, it's that bad! What I don't understand is that I can stay clamped to the window of an airplane and not feel the vertigo.
 
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Wed Aug 11, 2021 8:40 am

IFlyVeryLittle wrote:
So easy to have done this with CGI, but . . . you lose out on all the free media that will come with pulling off such a real-life thing. Dollars-wise, probably get more exposure for the ad by spending the extra to do it real than you would via CGI. Good show!


Honestly it was probably cheaper to do it this way. This ad cost NOTHING. Get dressed with a harness underneath. Go up, shoot a couple takes with a drone. A bit of post for colour and to delete any signs of fall arrester. Print to video.
 
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Wed Aug 11, 2021 8:50 am

admanager wrote:
Fun ad, but fails to express a unique selling proposition as to why someone should fly on Emirates. (I’m watching the actress, not the words on the cards).
If they had gone further and perhaps promoted seeing the modern wonders of the world on Emirates and use this as well as other dramatic shots from their destinations it would promote the airline and their world wide reach.


My thoughts exactly. Remove the titles and this could just be any generic ad for a Dubai-based company.
Then again, any publicity is good publicity. As demonstrated here on A.net, woman + skyscraper = clicks. Great success!
 
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Wed Aug 11, 2021 11:22 am

Aaron747 wrote:
Just think - they could have hired on the cheap any one of those Russian teenagers doing risky skywalking videos.


Maybe .. but could they pass as an Emirates FA? LOL
 
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Wed Aug 11, 2021 1:48 pm

flightwriter wrote:
Smith-Ludvik isn't a flight attendant at EK or anywhere else, but a professional skydiver and skydiving instructor. That makes it no less impressive, but a bit easier to grasp.


I was thinking I would do it but only with a chute and permission to jump at the end.

I couldn't pass for any kind of FA, though.

Aaron747 wrote:
Just think - they could have hired on the cheap any one of those Russian teenagers doing risky skywalking videos.


Not really because these "Tik Tok stars" often end up dying, so that would be bad publicity.
 
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Wed Aug 11, 2021 4:22 pm

ABpositive wrote:
Reminds me of this video of a technician climbing a radio tower to replace a light bulb on top of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INbKYq0G9nU - all in a day's job...

Oh HELL no!! I got a knot in my stomach just watching the video. Really dumb question - why not take a helicopter up there and lower the tech down in a harness?
 
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Re: EK ad from top of Burj Khalifa will blow your mind

Wed Aug 11, 2021 5:58 pm

Very cool ad. Beautiful and courageous woman. Scenic views. Love it.

The elevator ride would have been enough for me.

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