I’m in no way claiming that I’m putting in as much risk as the guys I film. It comes up quite often when I get too excited suggesting tricks or spots, that the guys tell me: “You’re not the one risking injury”. But here’s a photo from a situation that proves otherwise. At a spot in Moscow we already got busted but Will and I tried to push it and get the shot anyway. When one big ass security guard sneaked up on me and roughly tried to take my camera. My camera is sacred, you don’t touch my camera (lol). People were yelling and when I got in between him and the camera he went straight for a headbutt on the nose.
In retrospect it was a pretty funny experience, at least I can say I experienced Russian security now. Later that night at the spot that turned into the ender of the First Layer video, a similar situation happened between our photographer Matt Georges and a crazy lady who claimed she owned the building.
For me it’s a good example of the work that the whole crew puts into the shot of one rider. Including me as a filmer, but also Matt, and Bruno the team manager. In the end it’s all worth it, no bones were broken and the bleeding stopped after a while as well, and the result of the First Layer video is something I’m proud of and will watch back in years to remember all the crazy things that happened in Russia. Also, this last weekend in Montreal we won 4 (!!!) awards at IF3 Festival, including Best Cinematography, Best Female Videopart for Ivika, Best Film (amateur category), and Standout Urban Film (open category). I’ll get headbutt on the nose any day if the result and feedback would get me this hyped!!
The movie is gonna come out as a free download the day after tomorrow, and until then you should look up the First Layer video on YouTube. You might even spot the red dot on the securities forehead from where he hit my nose, haha!