How did Megatour come to be?
The first Megatour was released in 2003. After doing 50-ish Props Issues and 10 Road Fools, by that point I think we were just wanting to bring something new to the table and thought it would be cool to involve a bunch of teams to get a wide representation of the industry in a single video. All the teams were different, had their own team riders they would bring in their own vehicles...it was just a neat combination of all that. So many different riding styles and each team would do their own thing during the weeks the trips were going on.
The teams were chosen based on what we thought might make up an interesting combination. Some teams were mellow, some wild, some partiers, some on missions for clips, some slackers…you got the whole gamut which was awesome. We sent a cameraman with each team, so all the filmers were essentially isolated within their little team bubbles until the end of the trip and would exchange stories on the last day. When we did the first one no one had really any clue how it might work, we really just hoped for the best ha. No one really knew what clips all the teams got until the finished video came out a few months later.
How would you compare Megatour series to the Road Fools series?
The difference was it was a group of teams doing their own thing vs. a structured trip where we transported everyone in a bus. Road Fools had a lot more interviews and on camera talking from people. Then the way it was put together was a completely different style. Megatour was definitely more chaotic than Road Fools and a lot more unpredictable on how it might turn out.
Production-wise, the trips themselves were a lot easier to pull off than a Road Fools… basically because no one was really in charge of managing the day-to-day activities of such a large group of people. The teams managed themselves once unleashed on the road. Most teams brought their own team managers and it was basically like a handful of team road trips happening at the same time in the same geographic area, but under the Megatour banner.
Coming back home with all the footage was a different story though. This was an entirely different kind of animal than any other video that had been done before. There was nothing to go on for how to put it together, so I basically just made it up as I went along. After watching all the footage from all the teams, logging it etc, I created these paper grids that showed everything each team was doing during all parts of each day. I thought it would be fun to get little snapshots of what the teams were doing when and where, then use a vertical wipe transition between them, essentially showing how each day played out as it really happened. Titles would come on screen after each transition updating the viewer of what team they were now watching, where they were physically located and what time of the day it was.
I tried to use a different style of music with Megatour, more light and fun perhaps? Songs to help push along the story and tie it all together, make all the teams feel like they were together, yet at the same time independent. It's hard to describe the exact differences in the music choices, but there was definitely a conscious effort to make the flow of the two series different with the songs used.