Auditioning to be an acrobat - Creating koala havoc!
Auditioning to be an acrobat -
Creating koala havoc!
Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games
Reproduced courtesy Museum Victoria
Cinematographer: Jenni Meaney
Editor: Cameron Crowley
Producer: Kathy Fox
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See what it took to become one of the cheeky 'Havoc Bears".
-Havoc Bears had a real character. They had to be cheeky, that had to be quick, that had to be cute. Obviously, they're going to be in costume. But they had to have a sort of cheekiness about their moves, a real cheeky menacing. The Havoc Bears obviously one of the most specialized of the mass casting. And that's where we took them from. We took from the mass cast, but we did ask specifically for acrobatic skills.
We firstly called them all to see how they could tumble and how physical they were, how strong they were, how agile. You know we're looking for different heights as well. It's pretty funny to have all different sort of looking little koalas running around to add to the essence.
So after we did the first initial audition where they had to show their tumbling, just very basic acrobatic skills, we firstly got about 60. We cut that down to about 30. And we did another recall which was much harder. We taught them a routine, a very hard acrobatic routine. A lot of it was floor exercising and bouncing from handspring to a split or whatever. So that gave us a lot of direction about them.
From that 30, we then cut down again. And we had about 15 to 20 from that we chose from. So we're really excited about the bunch what we've got. They're fantastic. They're cheeky. They're out there. And they're very physical little beings. So we're excited.