A few weeks ago we received a call from Jimmy Riha about a project he was working on with a French production company who hired on Michael Alfuso to direct the skate filming. Dubes was contacted about being a follow car driver for the shoot, since Jimmy was adamant that the driver was a fellow skater experienced in follow car driving. Ends up this is for a music video. We can’t say who the artist is yet, but we will be sure to share the video around early February when it is released! 

Web__JP_Alfuso_Gangster

Dubes arrived for at 6AM breakfast and planning session in rainy cold conditions. Not ideal for a 55 MPH+ run dumping into hairpins. The crew broke into teams for the day and headed up the mountain to find less than ideal conditions. Anxious to start filming, the first rig we started out with was impressive to say the least. Shooting on a Sony F5 with an assortment of Zeiss Super Speed lenses we knew the footage would be unreal.

Web__cockpit_POV

After a few runs in the wet/patchy conditions the sun burnt through and everyone was warmed up. Dubes was behind the wheel, Michael Alfuso was on the monitor & navigation while Jonathan Park was handling focus and exposures.

After we had captured the high speed follow footage we moved to a high-hat setup for lead car filming, Tight Quarters for the film crew, but we handled it and caught every shot we needed, and much more. Jimmy was beyond dialed handling the most difficult job with ease.

Web__Jimmy_Guitar-

Once we took a quick lunch break, the producer needed Jimmy for some “lifestyle” shots which was a nice break from skating. Alfuso and JP got the pleasure of operating the F5 on a RONIN Gimbal.

Web__RoninSplit

The sun was quickly dropping and there was one scene left to film. We Rallied to the final location and set up the most difficult shots of the day. The final scene of the script is Jimmy slamming into a Pickup truck and exploding into a flock of birds. There were multiple angles to get including skating/driving directly at the truck rolling into the lane of travel and swerving around it at the last second. Jimmy was smacking the fender with his hand every take…

Web__goldenhour_hoodmount

Dubes also drove the mini van rigged with a harness for Alfuso to hang fully out of the moving vehicle operating a shoulder mount capturing Jimmy’s theoretical perspective of the scene.

Web__alfuso_Vanharness

Minutes before the sun fell behind the mountains the crew completed the last scene and the day was a wrap. Timeship will be getting the raw footage after the music video is released, expect to see an Timeship edit in the next few months.

Web__Sundown_mini

Early in December Timeship and the rest of Resource Distribution got the pleasure of hosting the inaugural Rumble at the Ranch.

LET THE RUMBLE BEGIN!! RUMBLE AT THE RANCH (R.A.T.R) IS A ONE OF A KIND, WEB BASED, WILD WEST STYLE SKATEBOARD RACE BEING HELD AT AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. YOU’LL BE ABLE TO WATCH SOME OF THE WORLD’S BEST DOWNHILL SKATEBOARDERS GOING HEAD-TO-HEAD ON AN INSANELY FAST, TECHNICAL PRIVATE ROAD FOR THE SINGLE LARGEST DOWNHILL SKATEBOARD RACE PURSE. A $5000 WINNER TAKE-ALL CASH BOUNTY. THAT’S RIGHT, WINNER TAKE ALL! 
From RumbleattheRanch.com

Jimmy_6
Photo: Mark Nisbet

The buzz began to spread through the Downhill Community on who was invited, who was going and most importantly who was going to win the Rumble. Finally race day had come, as did the worst weather SoCal has seen in years, The conditions of the track we’re less than ideal. Organizers rushed to clean the track from a few mudslides and arrange bales for the wet conditions. Riders arrived having no clue what to expect, on the first time up the hill they were unanimously blown away with the track.

Practice was delayed a bit so the track would have a little bit of time to dry. Once Practice was underway, riders familiarized themselves with the course and we’re ready for qualifying to enter the 32 man Call out bracket. There were a few upsets, but overall qualifying ensured the best riders and most entertaining heats for filming.

16 Names were to be drawn at random, as the names were pulled the riders we’re allowed to call out anyone left in the pool. Some riders made heavy callouts, some picked who they thought were easy to beat and others opted to not call anyone out and just have another name pulled from the hat.

Click the image for the “Ranch Rumblings Gallery”
Rumble_banner

Once Racing was underway The bracket shrunk quickly, only 5 rounds vs. the best in the world to get to the finals. Jimmy Riha was solid as can be all day, and he eventually made it into the finals vs. Micah Green.

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 3.07.22 PM

When the Dust settled Jimmy Riha was Crowned the Rumble at the Ranch Champion, and awarded $5,000. Always great to see a Timeship Racer on the top. The best gloves in the world, for the best riders. 

Jimmy_Podium