Congratulations Pikes Peak Hill Climbing and Proposing TJ Fry

Pike Peak Hill Climb TJ Fry + Dani Rae

Congratulations to good friends TJ Fry and Dani Rae for their successful engagement at the top of the 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb :) Fry ran a 14:08.322 for his first hill climb up Pikes Peak, but more importantly delivered himself and his car successfully to the top in order to carry out his proposal.

I don’t have much else to say here… I Love Awesomeness and this is awesome. Watch the video below for the full story.


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Snubby J’s – Original PVC Instrument


[YouTubeUlar] <— 5,407,693 Soon to be future Blue Man Group extraordinaire Snubby J‘s video is touring the interManets yet again. I’m actually surprised it took over 2 years to reach me, but that’s how the webs works sometimes. Not every viral campaign moves as fast as The Harlem Shake.

This feed came through TJ Fry and has a surprisingly good list of songs.

Songs are…
-Office Theme Song (0:18)
-Linus and Lucy (0:38)
-Turkish March (1:13)
-Mario Brothers Theme (1:27)
-In the Hall of the Mountain King (1:54)
-Bad Romance (2:07)
-Viva La Vida (2:50)
-Like a Virgin (3:03)
-Crazy Train (3:23)
-Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (4:01)
-James Bond Theme (4:15)
-Pirates of the Caribbean Theme (4:35)
-The Final Countdown (featuring my friend, Quin) (4:56)

This kid is making moves now showing up in Pringles ads and with his music now available on iTunes.

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Most Ridiculously Awesome Steadicam Shot Ever

[iDevice Link] <— 603 In reference to TJ Fry's Facebook Wimp Post on the Most ridiculously awesome steadicam shot ever – I wanted more… More of this amazing song by Petr Elfimov from Belarus.

Sad his song, Eyes That Never Lie couldn’t advance to the semi-final round of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow. The 387 Point 1st place performance of Fairytale by Alexander Rybak somehow took the gold.

TJ Fry – on the street drift video

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“oh the street drift video. here goes.

Idea was simple. Shut down a windy road that lots of car people know about and drift it. It’s been done before so the best way to stand out was to do it on the first take. That right there sounds like a project I would want to be part of. Now here’s where it goes downhill. They had some sort of funding for this project. I don’t know what it was, and frankly it doesn’t matter, because the final product was good, but not great. Driving was good, but not great. When you take into account that it was Tanner’s first run, it does push the impress-o-meter up a bit, but not enough for me. Its the same reason people love watching the chase scenes in movies despite the skid marks on the road. even if it’s the 50th take, the audience feels like it’s the first because thats the first time they’ve seen it. So when two cars crash or slide past each other at 100mph within 3 inches of each other, it’s still impressive.

I would have rather seen Tanner really push it to the limits and tap some guard rails and rocks, rather than lay fresh rubber the whole way. He played it safe, and who can blame him? It’s a car that probably has Half a Millon dollars invested in it and it’s the only one he has for Formula D competition, which is where he makes a big chunk of his bread and butter. Using the “It was his first run” statement to justify the video is like justifying Steve-O’s behavior by saying, “Well, he’s a druggie.” It makes sense, but doesn’t change the fact.

The driving is impressive, but I’ve seen Tanner do WAY more impressive things in a car. The filming was a debacle. Again I don’t know the situation, but if I had to guess here’s what I would say. Someone talked their way into being able to direct the project, and decided that Ken Block’s videos were a good way to go. Rather than do something original, they applied a style that worked for someone else, despite not having toyed with the style themselves. Then you have a budget that doesn’t allow for proper cinematographers AND proper cameras. It allowed for one or the other. They chose nice equipment, but you can have the best stuff in the world and not know how to use it effectively. So you have a crew that isn’t familiar with this type of action sports short film style, using equipment they may not be familiar with, shooting something in one take. Even with the best subject matter in the world, it’s a recipe for a mediocre final product. Thats why film has always revolved around the concept of multiple takes. You do it until you get it right. No one gets it perfect the first time, not even Tanner, who is, in my book, one of the best drivers on the planet.

So when they looked at the footage, they realized they needed to spice it up somehow and went with, “Well, it was his first run.” Then the editing wasn’t great in my opinion. there wasn’t much flair to it. Kind of mundane.

So to re-cap. Impressive idea for a project, decently executed, poor choice of style, lacking originality, and good driving flaunted as amazing driving. Not much to write home about. I’ll keep you posted as we get ready to release our street drift project to the world.

Also, let’s close Berthoud this summer and make a movie.”

TJ Fry – on Ad Agencies

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“Mitsubishi contacts an ad agency about making a commercial. A budget is established. Then, depending on the budget, the agency assigns a number of people to the job. They contact production companies who bid on the job. They select a company who spends the money to hire the crew that stands around all day and complains about their overtime rate and meal penalties while they eat sushi from the catered lunch, all the while sitting next to me, making $200 a day before taxes on a flat rate whether I work 10 hours or 20 hours that day. Fuck em! Fuck the whole system and everyone in it. It’s outdated, unnecessary, and needs to be fixed.

No one wants to fix it though because they all make their living doing this shit. They all bring home the bread from this bullshit and piss on the little guys like me who work the hardest out of anyone there because we are expendable. But that shit is going to come to an end. My goal is to come up with a new process to get it done with all 3 of the options that you can supposedly only have 2 of. We are going to get it done fast, cheap, and with quality. Digital allows us to do that but the unions and the people stuck in their ways don’t allow that to happen. Let’s eliminate the ad agencies. fuck em. Cinematographer? How about he runs the camera because it’s digital and easy to work with. One guy who does lighting. One who directs. And one who helps with camera, lighting, and rigging. There it is 4-5 guys shooting a commercial. Suddenly 20 grand doesn’t sound so bad. Or fuck. Even do it for HALF price and do $100,000! There you go! Now we’re talking. Hire pro talent, rent pro equipment, have sushi for lunch, and do crack out of strippers titties when we go home to our fucking mansions. Let’s change film forever. I’m deadly serious.”

TJ Fry – on Hollywood

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“The Hollywood system is dying bro. Everybody and their mothers are shooting RED or Grass Valley Viper. Digital is the way its going now. But even so, these people still try to maintain the same shit the film requires. There is no need for A cinematographer, a camera operator, a 1st Assistant Cameraman, 2nd AC, clapper/loader, and a film runner (who has no film to run by the way, just a hard drive or DVDs) on the same shoot. And it’s like that in all the departments. With Digital you can get shit done faster, easier, and cheaper than film. Thats the fucking point and Hollywood doesn’t get it yet. Because of the fucking UNIONS! The union shoots mandate that grips handle diffusion, c stands, and direction/color/type of light, while not touching the actual lights themselves. That is the GAFFERS’ job. They are the only people who can touch lights. But who runs the cables for the lights? Only ELECTRICIANS are allowed to do that! Dude the whole system is so antiquated and inefficient it hurts me to think about it. And don’t even get me started on Ad Agencies. What a fucking joke.”