The Alive & Well DVD Photo Journal
6 Months In Melbourne with Focal Point
Words & Photos: Cooper Brownlee. Additional Photos courtesy of: Pat Freyne, Marius Dietsche, Jake Deering, Chris Whyte and Kym Grosser.
The plan was to film a DVD over the 6 month period where the weather was good and the days were long in Melbourne. I didn't want to do a project that put too much pressure on my friends to kill themselves, it was purely up to them to produce whatever they wanted for their parts.
As most the guys featured in the video had never been involved in a DVD project before the motivation was super high for all of them and the end result is something special because of that.
Jack Kelly is no stranger to filming video parts so he was on top of this project the entire time and really focused on stacking some crazy shit for his part which earned him the ender section.
Kym Grosser filmed his entire section in 3 months but you wouldn't know it due to Kym's experience with filming video parts. Every time we would meet up he had spots in mind and clips to get and he always came through. That really helped as Kym's worked schedule only had him able to ride during the week.
Pat Freyne moved to Melbourne from country Victoria around a year ago which was probably the best decision he has made in his life. In turn with his move, his riding ability progressed ten fold. Pat was always super motivated to go out on missions or line up a trip with the crew.
Although Diz wasn't able to get out on any of the out of town trips he actually stacked the most clips for the video. He was also well known for the amount of rough crashes he had yet would get right back up again and handle the clip.
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I had never really filmed with Sean Falkenstein before but seeing as his lives with Kym Grosser he had the same outlook on getting clips where he would have ideas for spots and clips ready for the days we spent out riding so we always had productive days.
Alex Bolton had a serious head injury off the bike just before we started filming for A&W so he had some catching up to do but somehow when he was able to ride again he had somehow progressed.
Who doesn't dream of having this in their backyard?
"I still have that passion for riding fast and going high"