We were invited in Spain for a soap box race at Seares.
Seares is a bit far from the Alps. We made the road with Yvon Labarthe after breaking the world speed record in BUGGY ROLLIN. We arrived in the early afternoon, and we were greeted with cider that is poured over the shoulder. It was not possible for Jean Yves to make the first descents in the afternoon. Yvon tried the downhill after the welcome lunch but he finished on the roof in the scenery. The reception was hardly too warm.
It is impossible to go slow when Yvon Labarthe is on the same road in luge. We make speed record BUGGY ROLLIN in 2008 at Mont Ventoux for 116 Km/h.
You need to have the helmet in the luggage, the friends to drive the bus and hold the camera, the good weather, and few people on the road. Everything was there. The road is almost a straight line over a mile and a half, with a pin on the right and rocks to accommodate a straight wipe out. Braking is important. And the safety distances eat the speed that is gained just before braking. It was still a reasonable descent where we were not in the risk margin. Three years after the previous record of 110 km / h at Oberwiesenthal, it was good news to celebrate the progress of the armor and the pilot.
The col de l’Izoard is famous amound the cyclist to be one of the most difficult pass of “tour de France”. If it is difficult for cyclist it is good for downhill BUGGY ROLLIN. So it is a place that hosts very nice events. The pass has different visual spaces, green valley direction Briancon, stone and cliffs on the wild side.
It is also the place where we made the film speed warriors with Nicolas Bonnefoy.
This is not the most mountainous region of France, but it can be the one that houses the worst band of irreducible riders in Braie. This is why the region sometimes hosts a major competition. It was the championships of France. And we were there and Yvon Labarthe too.
After the rehearsal of the Bob track training with Philippe Auerswald and Danny Strasser, Red Bull has launched a series of Bob bobsleigh races in Sarajevo. It was the first international competition in Sarajevo since the Olympic Games followed by long years of horror of the war.
a boufee of oxygen so that everything is broken, or people fight to recover everything that can be sold, or food is not yet a thing assured.
First time in china with Seba for a show in China. It’s a new era that is opening with China starting to rollerblade, with its opportunites, and its magic encounters, Chinese beauties frolées for a moment, but which, until then, have always been too short, and have lost in the labyrinth of translations or electronic networks whose non-compatibility is controlled by the state.
One day, Jean Yves received a phone call. “Hi it is Jody from HHALLIWOD, We want you to make a movie with Jim Carrey, can you come?” Of course he could come. Here are the secret pictures of the preparation of the movie.
There is preparation of the new back with no wheels, because the production of the movie decided that it is not necessary to roll on the back. You can see a picture of the old workshop in which the grad father of Jean Yves was also working. Kyung ae shows how the shoulder pads work to the hollywood stunt spec makers. Stock of GREEN matter wheels, Jean yves wanted to have this wheels since several years, the movie was the right moment o get a stock. even if we did downhill with great peed and strong brakes, we should have new wheel at each close up shot for the beauty of the picture.
Kyung Ae helps Monica to set the suit, because in USA it was not welcome that Jean Yves takes care of woman chest on Monica, even if he is the master.
the training started inside the parking lot of Warner Bros because of bad weather. The parking lot was specially closed for that. We would take the elevator to go up and make downhill after downhill. Jean yves was putting cones on the floor to draw specific curve that monica train to brake and changing direction. Afterward,we rent several road for training. The first was a museum in L.A. Second was a private road outside the city, and last was a lost high way in the mountain to train for speed.
The next pictures are from the private road. It had a steep straight and a sharp right curve at the bottom. It was difficult for Monica who crashed in the canalisation on the side of the road. Scary but no pain.
It has been decided that the film road will be protected with hay balls. Big trucks arrived. And “the street has more hair pins that the hair of Dolly Parker”
The electric camera car was used only for one subjective shot. We also had a Mini that could keep the speed and brakes.
You can see back stage of Warner studio wit fake street perspective one sided building and old fashion ER outdoor set. As you see, it is not made in Chicago.
The last pictures are secret shot of the stars at work, even if the Production promised to give official shots it never happened.
next are shot of Jean Yves and Monica on the set. Jean Yves has long hair wig because he also double Zoee Deschanel as she jumped over the camera. Helmet of Zoee was one sise smaller as jean yves. But with the wig, the pins that holds the wig were getting in the skin of the skull, that was not comfortable. It is pure stunt work routine. Then on the last brake, Jean yves did a drift with head very close to the floor and the wig wrapped around the elbow will in a split of a second, that was pulling the head on the side. It was not possible to watch where to go anymore. Risky stunt work. It was a happiness to come back to Jim double sequence.
Each take is controlled after each run. There was camera crew at the outside of a curve where Jean Yves was drifting braking at full speed. The concept was to be as close as possible of the camera. After the first shot, Jean yves came to check if the crew was happy of the shot. “was it good? was i close enough?” he asked. As answer, there was a silent. He went so close to the camera that every one was shocked to be crushed and speechless. then after few second someone said “yes ! YES it is good enough ! ” That was precision drift !
Many camera véhicules has been used for the run shoot. One mercedes Russian arm, it is a crane on the top of the car. There are 6 person in the car for operating directing and driving the car. They were struggling to keep the pace of Monica and Jean Yves because it was a real downhill it was fast. At last left hairpin the car went on 3 wheels, every one thought it was going to crash with the director inside. Thankfully not ! But they were scared. and they stopped try to chase Jean Yves with the Russian arm, They said “It is enough, we have it”, and moved to the Mini.