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Behind the scenes: Flip viral video

Today we were at the filming of the viral video being prepared for the launch of the Flip camcorder range in Australia.

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Derek Fung
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Patience pet

Today we were at the filming of the viral video being prepared for the launch of the Flip camcorder range in Australia.

All images in this photo gallery are stills taken from a Flip MinoHD camcorder. Clickthis to view the towel surfing video.

On a warm spring day, perched on the main boardwalk near the main lifesavers' lookout at Bondi we awaited the filming of the Flip viral video.

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Going incognito

"Quick guys, let's whip out our Flip camcorders and look like members of the public."

"Umm, mate, the Flip's not yet available to the public."

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Population density high

This section of the crowd was taken over by the "flash mob" members. Note how packed with people it is.

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Population density low

And this is what the rest of the beach looked like with unpaid members of the public enjoying the sun and surf.

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Cameras ready!

There were 21 cameras capturing the occasion. A few were conspicuous, others like this camera operator hid their gear under towels and in bags unless they were filming or calibrating their gear.

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I want more magnum

The director giving instructions in person and via walkie talkie.

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So you think you can dance?, part I

The central character gets up to dance to Ben Lee's

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So you think you can dance?, part II

There were about 200 people dancing, only 50 of whom are professional dancers.

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So you think you can dance?, part III

Some of the more photogenic dancers were located on the boardwalk.

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Eh, what?

We witnessed three takes of the dance routine. Near the end of the first take, beachgoers are alert but not alarmed.

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Take three

By the third take, a significant crowd had built up, cameras and camcorders in hand.

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