Most of the time, the wasabi you get in a restaurant or buy in a store is fake. It’s actually horseradish that’s colored green. Why? Well, wasabi is a notoriously difficult plant to grow. In fact, it’s considered the most difficult plant in the world to farm commercially. Yet for the past century, the Daio Wasabi Farm in Hokata, Japan, has been growing it successfully with natural spring water from nearby mountains.
A great big story made in collaboration with ANA (https://www.ana.co.jp/wws/uk/e/wws_common/promotions/bydesign/).
Created in 2009. Starting titles of the 2009 edition of the non-profit Spanish design festival Wasabi in Motion. Direction, design and animation by Ritxi Ostáriz (http://www.ritxiostariz.com). Music by the amazing Finnish band Eläkeläiset.
Footage from the Flight Testing of The Wasabi Special (The Siren), compiled over a year and 40 flights.
Video Edited by Logan Seguin
Color Correction by Alexander Schwab
Music: "Windowlicker" by Aphex Twin
Elliot Seguin - Experimental Test Pilot/Designer
Jenn Whaley - Crewcheif/Test Coordinator
Justin Gillen - Chase Pilot/Flight Test Engineer
Ken Baker - Electronics/Manufacturing Supervisor
Drew Seguin - Old man/Rumor Control
Wasabi Air Racing - http://wasabiairracing.blogspot.com/
Nemesis Air Racing - http://www.nemesisnxt.com/kit/index.php
Grove Aircraft - http://www.groveaircraft.com/
Experimental Aircraft Exhaust - http://www.experimentalexhaust.com/
Aero Chia - http://www.aerochia.com/
Rick Poe and Susan Fine
MGL Avionics - http://www.mglavionics.com/
Twisted Composites - http://www.twistedcomposites.com/
Videoclip del tema "Slim Gurú", del grupo Sweet Wasabi
Con Laura Pamplona y Pedro Barceló
Escrito, editado y dirigido por Miguel Ángel Trudu
Productor ejecutivo: Félix Tusell Sánchez
Directora de producción: Carmela M. Oliart
Director de fotografía y etalonaje: Josu Martín
Diseño de producción: Laura Renau
Dirección artística: Gustavo Ramírez
Vestuario: Claudia Pérez Esteban
Ayudante de dirección: Vivi Cuenca
Casting: Diego Betancor y Esther Cocero
Maquillaje: Ana Marcos Ramos
We were asked to create the branding, digital and printed materials, as well as the title credits, for the 2012 and 2013 editions. For the latter year we based the branding on a varied yet consistent color palette and different concepts, represented through five posters and several digital and printed materials. Photography, 3D modelling, and layers of image treatment were added to integrate the elements obtaining a plastic and realistic character. For the title credits, we decided to go back to basics, creating a simpler aesthetic, based on IKEA-style instructions showing the construction of the sculptures.
When I'm not flying Ultrabatics at the beach with my Le Fish, I'm up in the mountains practicing precision aerobatics sequences with my 2m Aeromod Voltij and 1.5m FL Bird Works Wasabi.
Flying precision aerobatics is really a big challenge and quite demanding. It's amazing how difficult it is to try to make perfectly-shaped figures in a specific part of the sky while dealing with changing lift conditions, turbulence, and varying degrees of crosswind. Since I try to always combine figures into flowing sequences, the challenge only gets higher. But I like it - it's a lot of fun, and a great change of pace.
While the GoPro HD Hero2 works great at the beach for capturing close-range flying, I haven't had as much luck with it in the mountains, where the gliders fly much further away.
As an experiment inspired by the "High Energy" video of Ian "Daemon" Frechette, I gave it another shot with my GoPro, this time trying the "Narrow" Field of View (FOV) setting. While I'm still not very happy with the results - I had to do a bunch of zooming and panning in iMovie, resulting in loss of resolution - the resulting footage was deemed acceptable enough, especially since my last precision movie was released nearly six years ago!
The FL Bird Works Wasabi is available from SoaringUSA:
Learn more about slope aerobatics on my website: