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MSE.TV Editor Toby Conway-Hughes Goes On Location In Utah's Salt Flats For Asics

28 October 2019

In September, a group of celebrity runners took to the Bonneville Salt flats to discover the distance they could cover under unique conditions with no barriers to hold them back – testing their mental and physical condition in the World’s first run without a finish line. For ASICS the race format was also designed to test the energy saving benefits of their GLIDERIDE™ shoes.

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A tight turnaround time for a short teaser followed up by a longer format 10 min film for this worldwide media event (22 runners and 70 global media) made it essential for MSE.TV to be on set for the production. So Unit 9's ZCDC and Toby teamed together to create this inspiring film for ASICS.

The salt flats race was covered by ten cameras, generating over 80 hours of race, test facility and interview footage. Alongside Directors Zack & Drea, Toby and his edit assistant Beth, presented their first edit to the agency within 48 hours before they flew home to the UK.

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When asked about the project, MSE Toby comments

"I was so exited to be asked to edit this film for ASICS. I love long distance running and four years ago I ran the Marathon Des Salbes so to be part of an endurance event through work was a real treat. Editing on out on location in Utah was an incredible experience. Arriving at 3.30am on race day and watching the sun come up over the salt flats and feeling the buzz of the event felt really magical.

The reason for me being on location was the tight turnaround time to get a teaser cut out to be sent to the global media. The race was attended by 70 media from around the world and the competitors were made up of 22 influencers. All these people would be reporting, writing and blogging about the race pretty much immediately so our first job was to create a shot teaser film that would that would support that momentum.

The event was covered by 10 cameras and by the end of it we had over 80 hours worth of race footage, test facility footage and interviews. Working along side a team of DITs it took some serious organising and computer power to sync it and have it all transcoded that same day. Being in the room for all the interviews and watching the event live gave me such a head start. I was able to make timecoded notes as we went along and also being in ear shot of the directors, agency and client meant I knew exactly what kind of things they were looking for.

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_After the event we headed back to our hotel in Salt Lake City where we set up a suit with three edit stations. With me leading the edit, my assistant and director Drea both also combing through rushes and feeding in their selects. It worked seamlessly between the three of us all working on the same project and within 48 hours we presented our first edit to a very happy agency before they flew home to the UK).

Back in London I continued working on a longer form edit which I'm really pleased with. The whole experience from planning the technical side of the job, being out on the salt flats, listening to and watching some incredible athletes and working with super talented directors Zack & Drea couldn't have been better and I'm really happy with the films we've made."

Editor: Toby Conway-Hughes
Directors - ZCDC
Exec Producer - Adam Dolman
Producer - Geoff Stickler
DOP - Garret Hardy Davis
Music - Matt Joynt @ Plied Music
Sound Design & Mix - Weston Fonger
Post – Envy
Grade - Danny Wood
Flame - Kieran Baxter
Agency - Edelman
ECD - Jamie Cordwell
Producer - Nicola Martin

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