Watch Jack Johnson Get Really High In His Video 'From the Clouds'
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|Jack Johnson at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine last October|
According to Entertainment Weekly, Johnson initially thought of being photographed while skydiving and lip-synching the whole song to that one drop.
"But then, I figured I'd have to have some guy strapped to my back, and that wouldn't look quite as cool," he muses. So he and Emmett found a 40-foot diving board at an Olympic training pool in Mission Viejo, where a similar effect could be achieved just by filming in extreme slow motion his somersaults through the air. To get enough footage, Johnson, who plays acoustic and electric guitar on the track, jumped off the diving board 50 times, experimenting with backflips and belly flops. "I ate crap a few times, but it was really funny."
If it doesn't look like a pool, that's because they turned on Jacuzzi-style bubble vents to break up the surface of the water and minimize impact. At the precise moment he'd jump off, he would try to burst a water balloon so that the camera, shooting at 6,500 frames/second, would capture water droplets splashing off his face.