On Location

Cirque du Soleil: Behind-the-scenes at Totem in San Francisco (video outtakes)

Loni was pleased to report that there was a lot of buff, half-naked men, as seen in this video. I could only find 1 woman, but a sexy one on rollerskates at that!

Cirque du Soleil Totem, San Francisco

Here was the scene yesterday under “le grande chapiteau” next to AT&T Park.

Cirque is in town with their latest touring production, Totem, and I ventured into rehearsals armed with a Canon EOS 60D and a willing on-air host, aka the little Loni. These are the outtakes of some 25GB of footage we shot featuring some really amazing, up-close demonstrations of physicality and skill.

Some times I just like to cut a 60-second or so preview, without all the effects, backing tracks, etc. just to get a raw feel for it. Plus, in this preview I’m relying merely on the Rode Videomic shotgun mic, as syncing the separate audio (lavaliers) takes quite a bit of time in Premiere Pro.

The show opens Friday, and once again fans should expect an experience that only Cirque can provide.

If you’ve been to a show before — maybe OVO, Quidam, Mystere, O or another — then you know already to expect artistry, amazing human feats, and spectacular sound and sets. As you’ll see in this clip, the set is quite interesting. It doesn’t feature the huge cliff/drop that we saw in OVO, rather there is a cage-like array of handbars, trampolines. I expect this will factor into the story that is about mankind, and evolution.

Stark Insider TV Outtakes – Cirque du Soleil Totem

Loni was pleased to report that there was a lot of buff, half-naked men, as seen in this video (I have no idea about that). I could only find 1 woman, a sexy one on rollerskates at that! I tried to remain professional, diligent and shoot all that I saw, as I saw it. I try.

For now we leave you with this outtake reel. More to come soon. I look forward to your reaction about the show. Is it OVO without the insects? Or is more like a Quidam with lots of flying, and imaginative symbolism?

Viva Charlton Heston

Viva Charlton Heston

The Cirque is in town! Look for the blue and yellow tents, right next to AT&T Park.

The Cirque is in town! Look for the blue and yellow tents, right next to AT&T Park.

Training at the Cirque gym.

Training at the Cirque gym.

Reviewing show footage.

Reviewing show footage.

The set

The set

Trampolines, bars.

Trampolines, bars.

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Clinton Stark
Clint is based in San Francisco and has produced videos for Stark Insider since 2006. Film projects recently completed include short MORADO shot in the Baja, doc THE ART OF HALL WINES in Napa, and music video WRONG'S WHAT I DO BEST at the San Francisco Art Institute. He regularly writes about Canon DSLR and filmmaking. His Broadway features have garnered praise, including SHREK UNMASKED which is the most viewed BTS video for the musical on YouTube. In addition he's worked with DreamWorks, Disney on Ice, and Cirque du Soleil, among others. Interview highlights include James Franco, Gia Coppola, Colbie Caillat, Vincent Kartheiser, Dana Carvey, and Dany Boyle. Clint is a member of ATCA and covers the SF theater scene. He also writes about Napa and wine, and Silicon Valley news and trends. More: Clint's story...