Chris Aran was asked to film people doing parkour also known as free running for One Day On Earth. Supported by several non profit organizations, filmmakers from across the country gather to capture stories from their homes in over 11 cities in a day.
Parkour – The Art of Free Running
As a filmmaker, I love the moving image. Which is why upon receiving a call to come shoot some footage for the social cause, One Day On Earth, I said yes. I was told we would be shooting a bunch of kids doing something called, Parkour. But what the heck is Parkour?
It’s also commonly referred to as Free Running (or Freerunning depending on how you want to spell it). Either way, it requires a tremendous amount of athleticism and a bit of a daredevil mindset.
Parkour, or Free Running originated in France. The basic idea is that a person moves swiftly and efficiently from point A to point B traversing obstacles. This may include jumping over or scaling walls, jumping from fire escapes or onto platforms. Throw in a backflip, cartwheel or something a bit more flashy and you’ve got Parkour. Wikipedia has a nice article elaborating on the origins and modern practices of Parkour.
Knowing that I would be seeing some amazing freerunning with jumps and flips, I decided to come out and film it using my MoVI M10 camera stabilizer to keep the movements looking really smooth, and I also wanted to shoot the video in slow motion so the viewer could really take in the stunts these guys were performing. The result was pretty incredible.
The Parkour Team – Chris Aran tries Free Running
So who was I working with? I happened to find this part out after I committed to help capture some amazing stunt work on film. The guys over at One Day On Earth aim at capturing the events of a day around the world promoting global unity once a year. The organization has several members including many non profit organizations that help keep the movement going. Pulled straight from their site they state:
One Day on Earth started in September of 2008 with the goal of creating a unique worldwide media event where thousands of participants would simultaneously film over a 24-hour period.
Some of the organizations involved with One Day On Earth include the WWF, UNESCO, and The United Nations Foundation. The WWF, which stands for the World Wildlife Fund, is group that works with many non profit organizations promoting conservation on a global scale.
UNESCO, strives to promote education and protect world heritage sites. they believe that:
…in order to respond to the firm belief of nations, forged by two world wars in less than a generation, that political and economic agreements are not enough to build a lasting peace. Peace must be established on the basis of humanity’s moral and intellectual solidarity.
As for The United Nations Foundation:
The United Nations Foundation links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women’s empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access, and U.S.-UN relations.
With that kind of support, it was nice to know that I was contributing to something special.
Parkour Freerunning goes Worldwide
The Free Running phenomenon is slowly being globally recognized as a sport. The best part about it is that Parkour is accessible to anyone. Literally anyone in the world can participate in Freerunning. Unlike many other sports which rely on playing fields or other equipment to play, Parkour turns an entire city into the playing field and your own body as the only equipment you need.
Parkour or Free Running or Freerunning, whichever you choose to call it is growing. Although my part was small, I was proud to have participated for global effort that is One Day On Earth. For more great articles and upcoming videos sign up below! You know you want to!