The event featured two teams of YouTube celebrities competing in a relay race, each carrying Tums tablets through a gauntlet of precarious food obstacles, while battling sinister heartburn, to administer the antacid into a giant mouth at the finish line. With only a few weeks to plan and shoot the race— and over Christmas and New Years no less—ASL was all systems go to create video deliciousness. Our video crew’s resourcefulness, a hallmark of ASL, was put to the test.
Our pre-shoot days were filled figuring out how to make enough fake nacho cheese to slime our talent, determining the possibility of building a “Mount Nacho,” and assessing other feasibilities in light of our tight time and budget. We had two days to build an obstacle course, set up lighting and hold a practice run. Our art department worked overtime, creating taco turrets, giant burritos, immense quantities of taco toppings, and other “ammo” for our gauntlet. Things were about to get messy.