On the journey to greatness, we will always discover that not everything goes according to plan. Episode 3 of the highly anticipated DEATHGRIP Diaries has just dropped and it provides an alternative insight into the realities of making a movie like DEATHGRIP. Things don’t always go to plan, but when you have a crew like Brendan Fairclough and Olly Wilkins, you’re guaranteed a few laughs to lighten the mood.
Brendan always had the dream of building berms that just jump into the next berm and into the next berm and he envisioned this down a perfect grass field, halfway through the 2016 season Brendan picked up an injury and was able to put this dream into practice. The final product truly was a work of art. Check out what happens when the team try to ride the berms.
We had a chance to grab Bren to see where the vision for Berm de Berm came from and what really went wrong. Read on below.
Q. HOW DID YOU DESIGN THE BERM DE BERM?
Brendog: It’s just been a dream of mine to build that for years so it was all stored in my head which, looking back in hindsight, was obviously not a good plan. Maybe next time I will actually design it on paper before I invest so much time and effort in to it. To be honest I rushed it and should have waited for a more ideal location.
Q. WHAT WAS IT THAT REALLY DIDN’T WORK WHEN YOU TESTED IT OUT?
Brendog: The ground was just way too soft and the farmer needed the land back to farm his sheep so it never got a chance to go hard. If we had left it, I think we could have made it happen.
Q. WILL PEOPLE BE ABLE TO SEE ANY MOMENTS OF THE BERM IN THE FINAL MOVIE OR IS IT TOTALLY CUT?
Brendog: Unfortunately none of it made it to the final cut. There was just way too much gold filmed to put in something that never even rode. It was such a shame for me personally as I thought it looked so amazing, but I understand why it wasn’t used.
DEATHGRIP mixes the unique style of Brendan Fairclough with the influential film maker, Clay Porter, and slams them together into an in-your-face, non-stop onslaught of race-pace action, set against Planet Earth scenery. It pushes mountain biking to a new level of intensity and documents the sport in a way that has never been seen before. Stay tuned for the final DEATHGRIP Diaries, dropping the same time next week! The final movie will be ready to view on the 30th May.