Monday, December 28, 2009

Textures

from the Bicycle Museum in Belgium (special tribute to Tour of Flanders and Eddy Merckx)





Thursday, December 24, 2009

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

From the Gripped Films crew, have a safe, happy and fun holiday.

Monday, December 21, 2009

More Goods

Lots of new footage to absorb but for sure we nailed it on this past trip.
A moment of pensive consideration with Bernie

We shot Brian and Rolf together as they were always together in the car - it was great to hear them play off each other and get all fired up even months after the Tour.

Got the vital Cavendish interview amidst a last second change of venue. We had planned to shoot him out on the barren lava rocks but the threatening rain held off no longer and we scrambled just minutes before Cav's window of accessability opened to our plan B location. Turns out it was a perfect call as not only did the rain get heavy but the waves would have been a lot of background noise. Plan B location was quiet and considering Cav's low voice it worked out perfect in the end.

We took a couple long lunch breaks, one to ride with the team and two to surf.
Jason takes a turn at the front of the best pro cycling team in the world

The day we rolled out of town the waves were bombing. We stopped at a break in LaSanta to get some photos - Jason was pleading with Ken to go out but we didn't have time. Come to find out our flight was delayed a few hours and would certainly had time - question is would we have had the cojones?

Stay tuned, many more photos & stories to come.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Travel day part dos

In madrid on our 18hr layover. Odd to go from surf and beaches to high desert. The snow on the distant mountains is foreshadowing of what awaits us back home on the East Coast. But first, airport security.
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Finally got Cav

He looks kinda grumpy here but he was awesome. Just awesome. Thanks Mark.
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Finally got Cav

He looks kinda grumpy here but he was awesome. Just awesome. Thanks Mark.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Cav the artist

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Monday, December 14, 2009

2010 Team Columbia HTC

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Ken interviews Bob S

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Finally

A few hours off timed with great waves. The director is stoked.
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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Bernie Eisel

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Coffee stop

We filmed a solid interview with Erik Zabel this morning then got to ride w the team. Amazing day to ride and the coffee shop is at one of the best surf breaks on the island. My kind of training camp!
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Morning from club LaSanta. Where Santa spends the off season.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Gear prep

Many stressful days of interviews starting tomorrow...
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Found the boys already!

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Choco-fixation

What is the deal with Europeans and chocolate?
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Funky madrid airport

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

George Interview

First we stopped at Hincapie Sports & talked to Rich. Great location & really nice space.


Then we drove over to George's house and filled his living room with cameras, lights, cables & cords.


It's crazy how much work & effort goes into every interview but looking over the footage it's always worth it. Thanks for your time George!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Gift for George

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At Hincapie headquarters

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A High-End Tour De France Race Bike

From 100 years ago. Yes, those are wooden rims which would swell and
warp if it rained too much.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Cheers!
Ken, Curtis, Jason

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Belgium 2-step

After driving nearly 12 hours from Brittany, France to Paris to Roubaix to Southern Belgium, Jason came to a crossroads in a tiny little town.

looking for Brakel. Or Rue de Coronet.

Or Oudenarrde.

Never again will he travel sans GPS.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Pressing Forward

Survived yesterday and motivated today. Some other shots from Phils
place...with the Sony "Lance Story" crew looking at Phil Photos

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Too Easy?

I'm sure it's easy to see beautiful photos of Belgium, Phil's fluffy cat and coffee with Eddy & think this guy has the life. Making movies, traveling the world and getting - paid? Sure that's the picture I'd like to paint but part of why we have a blog is to keep things a little more grounded for readers who know there's probably more to the story than that. Of course it's not that easy so let me bend your ear (eyes?) for a moment and bring that picture back down to reality.

I'm sitting here in my studio and it's quiet. So quiet I can hear the wind outside. The rain hitting the roof and the fridge as it turns on and off. It's cold in here but I'm sweating. Too much coffee and not enough progress. I'm the king of procrastination but if we want this movie to be released on schedule, at Tour of California I cannot be. I took a couple days off and feel guilty and way behind. There is just too much to get done although I will put off the work for a few more minutes till this mug is empty so I can finish what I've now started here.

Ever notice the list of credits at the end of a film? How many people it took to pull it off? Now go watch one of our movies. No credits, just thank you's to those who helped. It's so goddamned daunting this thing. And I feel so goddamned alone in doing it. I really wish I had some help, had a budget to hire help. There's no creative meetings to share ideas. There's no hiring of writers or specialists to help or distribute the work load. It's just Ken and I with the occasional help from Curtis who's a full-time student with 2 jobs. Ken has a full time business with employees so he works nights on a list that only grows. And then there's me. The dreamer - er, sorry, the director.

I just deleted a run-on sentence about all the BS stuff I"m dealing with from hard drives that fail to credit cards to promotions for fund raisers and on... my point is this stuff is really hard and I'm not even editing the movie yet. Hell just trying to get people we still need to film to e-mail us back is a daily hurdle. Getting the attention of Ben Stiller or Lance Armstrong - mission impossible. No you don't need to read about me singing the blues but I do feel it's important to share some of the suffering, the down-days, the self doubt. Ken and I have put all our cards on the table and it's California or bust. Literally. I've never risked more and had a harder time getting the smallest things accomplished. So for the record, it's a down day. I'm riddled with self doubt and I'm trying like hell to pull this thing off. If I could just focus on being creative I might make some progress. But what fun would that be right? I'm getting a headache. Before casting any doubt over the production getting finished let me reassure anyone reading that I am tenacious as a pit bull and will finish this movie. Just wanted some of the non-glam side of my life because its' easy to think things are coming too easy - truth is Nothing Comes Easy.

Ken often tells me to break out a camera and do a self-interview when I feel like this. Maybe have it in the out takes. But that's the last thing you want to do when feeling self-conscious and unsure. Still photo is more telling anyway.

Sunday, November 15, 2009