Here is the latest version of our Documentary Cossing the Line.  Thanks to Amanda, Jerry and Mike for giving us the push we needed to get our best ideas out there!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6XgqwqHTfE&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]]

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Teaser Trailer

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NbCfA_dt0U[/youtube]

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Teasers For the New Documentary

We will have our documentary dropping in January.  We each made a teaser to show our individual Ideas for the film. Without Further ado, here they are

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This is Travis’ Teaser.

Here is Teaser #2 By Eduard S.C.

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The Pitch

Here is A Teaser of A documentary I would like to put together about my blog. Thanks To Tim Dutton and JT Holmes For the Interview.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sBTCipKcKU[/youtube]

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Catching the Red Squirrel

So in the quest to find out what goes on in the head of an extreme Sports athlete, I decided

Interview With JT Holmes and Tim Dutton

to go out in to the field.  I contacted a couple friends who happen to be at the top of the game in the Extreme sports world.  JT Holmes (AKA Red Squirrel) , Professional skier, and BASE jumper who has many accomplishments in the skiing world. Most recently, JT worked as a stunt man in the Transformers 3 movie where he performed and helped choreograph all the BASE-jumps and wingsuiting in the movie. Along with JT I met up with his sidekick and protege and also a life long best friend of mine, Timy Dutton a professional skier from Squaw Valley CA.

Tim Dutton

I spoke with Timy on the phone the other day and asked him if he would be interested in doing an interview for my blog.  He was very excited and told me that he and JT would be going to Lodi do do some skydiving over the weekend and that I should meet up with them there.  Easy enough.  Then Timy started talking about how easy it was to sky dive for the first time at Lodi because they do not have a long involved class you need to take, all you have to do is give them money and sing a form.  Then they send you out of the plane.  That was all I needed to hear!

That weekend we drove to Lodi to meet up with Timy and JT.  I showed up with to things on my mind. One to get an interview, and two to jump out of an airplane for the first time in my life.

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Here is The Interview With JT Holmes and Tim Dutton.

 

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Here is a Soundcollage inspired by the interview.

I arrived in the late afternoon about an hour before the dropzone closed.  With a few quick signatures and a brief exchange, I was given a number and a lottery ticket and told to wain until they called my number.

The Dropzone was a very interesting place with all sorts of different people.  Many of them seemed to know each other and I got the feeling that more than several of them lived or camped on the premises. The place was a buzz with people running in and out of the hangar, packing parachutes and boasting about the stunts they had performed.  Many people seemed to take note of JT and Timy.  I overheard one of the tandem instructors informing his student that “one of the guys who was in Transformers 3 is here today”.

After a short wait with the option to watch the instructional video, which seemed to have been made in the 70s, they called my number.  I was in luck, it looked like I would be on the same plane as Timy and JT. I walked into one of the side rooms of the hangar where several other people were heading to get outfitted with a harness and meet their tandem “instructor”.  If you have never been skydiving before and have not gotten a certification, you must jump being attached to an instructor.  Your harness is clipped to the front of theirs like a baby carrying pack.  The instructor steers the parachute and pulls the cord and makes sure people like me dont get crazy ideas like trying to pull stunts their first time out of an airplane.

I met my instructor, he had hair as white as snow and somewhat resembled the Doc from Back to the Future.  His name was Mike.  He immediately started grumbling about the fact that I wanted to bring my camera along  even though it was securely attached to my wrist.  I assured him it would be fine and he retorted by saying ” well Ill be pissed if that catches my lines!” In the long run he agreed.  I stood there waiting instruction, but all I got was a full body harness and the command to “step in with your left leg”.  He then tightened up the straps, handed me a set of goggles and told me to go sit outside that the plane would be taking off soon

Inside the Plane

Before I knew it we were on the plane.  It was loud and cramped with more than 2o people in the little area.  We climbed up and up to 13000 feet. As I sat there I wondered if there would be any instruction.  I looked back at mike quizzically, he merely said, “keep your head low when we walk to the edge, right before we jump cross your arms, look up and then try to kick me in the balls with your heels!” Before I could ask any more questions, the door was open, and people were already starting to jump.  Mike was harassing the people in front of us in a sarcastic old man tone “hurry up” he shouted “whats takin ya so long?”  In a matter of moments we were up, 5 steps t the door, a hand grabbed my head and jerked it back and then the command came: “Kick me in the baaaaaaaallls” and we were out the door. Here is a video I edited of my first ever Sky dive.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wN_7DQkcJL4[/youtube]

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Well This might actually be a little Crazy

So, There are plenty of ways to push the limits in extreme sports.  Every so often you push, and you end up going a little farther than intended.  But hey, that is half the fun of it.  Here is an awesome video I came across that is a great example.  Also Check out the guys reaction at the end of the video. It is Priceless…….

Enjoy

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWfph3iNC-k&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

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What Drives Extreme Athletes?

26 year old rock climber Alex Honnold lives on the edge.  Alex has accomplished amazing feats such as Free soloing (Climbing with out a rope or any protection) El Capitan in Yosemite. Alex climbed more than 5000 vertical feet in about 11 hours! All without the use of a rope or protection.  In an interview on 60 Minutes, Alex talks about why he does “crazy” things such as this.  His response just because it looked like fun.  To learn more about Alex’s latest feats, check out

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/10/02/60minutes/main20114487.shtml

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Gallery of Photos and Work

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A Collage to Remember

There are Many inherent risks that go along with the world of extreme sports. There have been many famous extreme sports athletes that have died while doing what they love.  After they are gone they are forever remembered by their friends and colleagues as going out in flames of passion.  I have made a collage that is a tribute to some of the greats who have passed away doing what they love. This is to show respect for those who have passed away pushing the limits of something they loved.

R.I. P.

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Info Graphic

Here is an Info Graphic I created to show some of the extremes athletes have gone to in their sports.  I have focused on Freeskiing, Rock Climbing and BASE Jumping. There are many Extreme Sports out there but these are closest to me.

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