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The Giant Boombox – Video

by Radio Sonnenschein

We placed a 10-foot tall boombox on Pier 17 in Manhattan and waited for unsuspecting people to plug it in. Watch more holiday surprises:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyAy-…

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We placed a 10-foot tall boombox on Pier 17 in Manhattan and waited for unsuspecting people to plug it in. Real New Yorkers worked together to carry the 160-foot long cord across the pier to an oversized outlet. Once the boombox was plugged in, everyone was surprised by a massive holiday dance party with 100 acrobatic dancers, thousands of Christmas lights placed on two historic ships, and 10 hidden snow machines.

This project was made possible by Target, and it is our third holiday collaboration with them after 2015’s The Light Switch and 2014’s Epic Christmas Caroling.


Directed by: Charlie Todd
Executive Producers: Justin Ayers, Andrew Soltys, and Charlie Todd
Producer: Aleks Arcabascio
Production Manager: Dave Szarejko
Production Coordinator: Liesl Lar
Post Game Producer: Katie Young

1st Assistant Director: Ben Samuels
Key 2nd Assistant Director: Jason Ortiz
2nd 2nd ADs: Adam Manison, Anthony Santos, Manon Courtine
Key PAs: Jonathan Portee, Rochelle Rose
Production Assistants: Anna Swando, Annie Tomkins, Arnold Fung, Brian Havens, Brook Schafer, Dan Schroeder, Dave Greenberg, David Hsu, Davis Woodall, Derriek Williams, Erin Fitzgerald, Gene Drikman, Gracia Imboden, Jamel Francis, KC Wenson, Kristin Kirkley, Nicole Payson, Sherin Shetty, Shilpa Ananth, Sofija Nikolic, Warren Chevalier

Director of Photography: Justin Ayers
Camera Operators: Andi Obarski, Anna O’Carroll, Chris O’Konski, Gabe Stanley, Marius Becker, Ryan Hamelin, Spencer Berge-Thielmann
1st Camera Assistants: Alex Huang, Brendan Swift, Erin Trout, Jeremy Musher, Kate Montgomery
2nd Camera Assistants: Diana Rodriguez, Goran Mrvic, Kelli Wilcoxen
Video Utilities: Percio Luciano, Reggie Louis-Jacques, Tom Foy
Wireless Video Tech: Persistent Systems
Drone Pilot: Dexter Kennedy
Drone Camera / Gimbal Operator: Jon Graham
Drone Tech / Visual Observer: Maxwell Tubman
Drone 1st AC: Dan Sheats
Still Photographers: Arin Sang-urai, Gabriel Montagnani, Griffin Shapiro
BTS Video: Justin Gonçalves
Time Lapse Video: Dom Miller

Key Grip: Cory Beisser
Best Boy Grip: Peter Sikkens
G&E Swing: Raphael Hernandez

Gaffer: Ted Maroney
Best Boy Electric: Mike Kim
Lamp Operator: Luke Becker-Lowe
Airstar Balloon Operator: Kevin Tobin

Sound Mixer: Alan Kudan
A2s: Artur Szerejko, Jordan Moser, Julian Cahill

Key Hair & Makeup Artist: Sarah Patch
HMU Assistants: Adriana Andaluz, Aina Lee, Norah Salazar, Sarah Francavilla

Wardrobe Supervisor: Gabby Moses
Wardrobe Assistants: Rose Bell, Travis Sproul
Wardrobe PAs: Hillary Sproul, Nina Macintosh, Ridhima Goyal

Production Designer: Monica Mayorga
Set Dressers: Allie Leone, Brendan Toner, Gilbert Salazar Bravo, Jamel Francis, Justin Majetich, Leo Swartz

Snow Machine Operator: Simon Cleavland of J&M Special Effects

Set Medics: Jessica Davilmar, George Masonave

EcoSet: Rayn Epremian, John Mancini, Supa Johnson

Editor: Whitney Houser
Assistant Editor: Michael Golofaro
Overnight Assistant Editor: Ryan Connors
Media Manager: Zach Kertesz
Colorist: Matt Greenberg

CAD Engineer: Patrick Cleary
Storyboard Artist: Ed Traquino

Special Thanks:
Wasserman Experience, South Street Seaport Museum, Susan Gavornik, Joy Kim, The Howard Hughes Corporation, Irving Harvey


Featured Dancers: Aiden Pressel, Alesha Forche, Angelica Kushi, Anthony Mitchell, Benjamin Shimkus, Bri Porter, Christopher Bousquet, Emma Thomas, Kayla Johnson, Kelsey Strauch, Kenneth Higginbotham, Luke Romanzi, Madeline Hoak, Matthew Deloch, Matthew Villanueva, Medea, Natalie Strasser, Samuel Stage, William M. Maldonado

Choreographer: Madeline Hoak


Improv Everywhere is a New York City-based comedy collective that stages unexpected performances in public places. Created in August of 2001 by Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere aims to surprise and delight random strangers through positive pranks.

Over the past 17 years, we have staged over 150 projects involving tens of thousands of undercover performers. Highlights include making time stop at Grand Central Terminal, giving Best Buy 100 extra employees, and letting random strangers conduct a world class orchestra in the middle of Manhattan.


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