Point Break – Motocross Featurette

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Annual action sports films—those highlight reels released throughout the year by athletes, brands, and media houses—are produced through a partnership of funding, talent, and distribution. As the brands, which provide the funding, strive for more authenticity with their audiences, they’ve increasingly turned to the athletes for direction. Hollywood directors are looking to capture some of that same authenticity in scripted films, filming action sequences in-camera with big-name athletes rather than with green screens and CGI. The surf film Blue Crush used surfers Keala Kennelly and Kate Skarratt; Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon hired BASE jumper J.T. Holmes.

Director Ericson Core took this idea and ran with it for his remake of Point Break, which is coming out on Christmas next month. The original 1991 film followed FBI agents as they investigated a group of possibly bank-robbing surfers, and it used real-life surfers for many action scenes. More than two decades later, Core has expanded and update this premise, enlisting some of the most accomplished athletes in the world for help. The result is a reel of action sports porn—wingsuiting, surfing, snowboarding, climbing, and motocrossing—that just happens to live inside a scripted movie.

“It was very important to me that we were true to the sports and that we shot it all in-camera,” Core said. “Although the Marvel movies and lots of great others are shot on a green screen with [computer-generated] stuff going on—that’s fun, and it’s entertaining, and it’s certainly been very commercially successful. But they lack a sense of authenticity and real peril, which would be a shame not to have in a film like this.”

Annual action sports films—those highlight reels released throughout the year by athletes, brands, and media houses—are produced through a partnership of funding, talent, and distribution. As the brands, which provide the funding, strive for more authenticity with their audiences, they’ve increasingly turned to the athletes for direction. Hollywood directors are looking to capture some of that same authenticity in scripted films, filming action sequences in-camera with big-name athletes rather than with green screens and CGI. The surf film Blue Crush used surfers Keala Kennelly and Kate Skarratt; Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon hired BASE jumper J.T. Holmes.

Director Ericson Core took this idea and ran with it for his remake of Point Break, which is coming out on Christmas next month. The original 1991 film followed FBI agents as they investigated a group of possibly bank-robbing surfers, and it used real-life surfers for many action scenes. More than two decades later, Core has expanded and update this premise, enlisting some of the most accomplished athletes in the world for help. The result is a reel of action sports porn—wingsuiting, surfing, snowboarding, climbing, and motocrossing—that just happens to live inside a scripted movie.

“It was very important to me that we were true to the sports and that we shot it all in-camera,” Core said. “Although the Marvel movies and lots of great others are shot on a green screen with [computer-generated] stuff going on—that’s fun, and it’s entertaining, and it’s certainly been very commercially successful. But they lack a sense of authenticity and real peril, which would be a shame not to have in a film like this.”

 

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The new Point Break comes out on December 25. Visit pointbreakmovie.com for more information.

 

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