MBR At The Promotion Video Shoot for Protafield (Jayce Lewis) = Pure
Back in spring 2015, we were given the unique opportunity to take part in a promo video shot for the band Protafield 's (Jayce Lewis) track, "=Pure". The shoot got put back a few times due to crappy weather conditions but in early June, the conditions were perfect so we found ourselves heading towards Wales on a sunny Friday night. Meeting up with Mooster, Divster and Nidge AKA Mr Chuff at a motorway service station we headed off to where we were staying for the weekend, with Jayce and his dad.
We eventually arrived at around half one in the morning (we must have woken everyone up in the street with the noise of our bikes) and were instantly made to feel right at home with copulas amounts of tea, coffee and beer. By this stage we were buzzing and bang up for the weekend's events.
The next morning various people started to arrive at the house (including Nige who happened to live only 40 odd minutes away), the wonderful make up girls, the pick-up which was going to be the main bad guys wheels and we were all chatting and laughing like a bunch of school kids until we heard the mighty roar of a V6. Yes, it was the most brutal looking Pontiac Firebird we'd ever seen. By now we were all buzzing more than a couple of chainsaws at full tilt and couldn't wait to get started.
Eventually we set off for the shoot location and on arrival was met with miles of the most desolate landscape imaginable. Perfect for a post apocalypse wasteland. After a session with the make-up girls (not like that yer dirty buggers even if the Welsh accent spoken by a lass is well.................er sexy) we all went down to the first shoot location where the film crew were waiting for our rather dusty arrival.
The first shoot of the day involved us riding past the main villain's (played by Big-E, a nicer bloke you couldn't want to meet. A real gent ) pick-up looking mean, nasty and mad. It's not until you do something like this you realise how long it takes and how much is involved and took several takes from various angles until they were happy with it. Jayce, been a complete rev-head was doing all his own driving and stunts and had a very clear idea of what he wanted the video to look like and also having ridden bikes knew what limitations the machines themselves had.
Most of the first days shooting involved Big-E and his part including the car duel and various other bits as he couldn't attend Sundays shooting due to other commitments but that didn't stop us having fun as I managed to blag a go in the Pontiac (complete with a mini-gun and a 30cal mounted on the bonnet) for a few minutes of mayhem. All I did was ask "Gis a go mister" and Noel (the firebirds owner) chucked me the keys so Nige (who ended up as co-driver) and my good self went and had a play. Awesome or what. Drifting, doughnuts, and everything else we wanted it did no problem. Cheers Noel for the chance to have a blast.
The rest of the day was spent hooning around, making lots of noise and dust storms (which was not without its share of mishaps like Divster high-siding the Fugly bike, Mr Chuff having his bike on fire and myself dodging Nidge and Divy as they rode in and out of the smoke during the campfire scene) until it came to the last shoot of the day which involved a duel between Jayce and the main villain. Basically driving at each other (and Big-E wasn't even strapped in), foot to the floor playing chicken. Now they said it was gonna be close but no-one imagined how close it would be.
With the last shoot of the day completed, it was time to head off and get some well needed food and a few (?) beers to wash it down with. The ride back was awesome with us all going in convoy, the truck, the fire bird and five very ratty and dusty bikes, with us all still in make-up etc going through town. The looks we got just had to be seen to be believed and the combined sound was just awesome.
The rest of the night was spent chatting about the day events and the next day's activities which sounded even better.
Sunday couldn't come round quick enough and after been shown some of the raw footage from the day before (which looked awesome), we soon headed back to the location to start the day's filming. After another pamper session from the make-up girls, it was time for the first shoot which involved four of us chasing the car at high speed along this very dusty track, swinging chains etc at Jayce to get him to stop. There was a few hairy moments with two of the bikes actually hitting the car at full tilt and bouncing off but boy, what a buzz.
The rest of the day consisted of lots of fire, pyro, explosions, more takes for the chase scene, more near misses and general chaos and mayhem. The whole thing had turned into one big adrenaline rush.
But alas, all good things must come to an end and it came to the end of the day's filming (for us anyway). After saying our fond goodbyes to the crew and everyone else we all started the long trip home (well, not Nige, he only lives a few miles from the location. ) We were all still on a buzz and there is no better way to finish something like this off than tearing up the motorway with a few fellow ratters. Great stuff.
The 5 of us were still buzzing from the experience but we still had the premier to look forward to.
The Premier. January 16th, 2016, The Chapter, Cardiff.
Now, after what seemed like an eternity, the big day finally arrived. On a bitterly cold morning, I dragged the bike out, put on the thermals and off I went in the direction off Cardiff. After a few coffee and warm up stops, I finally made to the Chapter to be greeted by a beaming Divster and Nidge who were dancing around like a pair of big excited kids who were about to be let into the greatest toy shop ever.
It wasn't long before everyone else started to arrive and was great to catch up with Mooster, Nige, Jayce, Big E and the rest of the crew. The air of anticipation was growing and we were all bouncing like kids in a sweet shop as we went into the cinema part of the Chapter. After Jayce said a few words thanking everyone for coming and for all the work involved in the making of the video, the curtains opened and the wait was finally over........................
All we could do was go WOW. The combination of seeing it on the big screen combined with the cinematic sound made it one hell of an experience. In fact, it was so good, we watched a few more times seeing bits we might have missed first time round. But, as with all good things, it soon was over and as I had other engagements that evening, I said my goodbyes and headed home. Apparently, the party afterwards went on long into the night.
I would just like to say a very, very big thank you to Jayce for asking us all to be involved in such an awesome project, Mooster, Divster, Nige and Nidge for been such good mates and been part of it all, Big E, was a real pleasure meeting and working with you.You are a real gentleman. Noel for some great pics and letting us have a go in that badass car of yours, Jayce's dad for looking after us all and the rest of the crew for been so professional and producing such a fantastic video. It was an experience and a half and would I do it again, too bloody right.