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AUSTRALIAN ACTION TEAM HIT THAILAND FOR NISSAN LAUNCH
by Jerds
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"Hey hey everybody, It’s been a long time coming but here is the first installment of our adventures in and leading up to Thailand.".

Location THAILAND
Capital BANGKOK
Population 65,444,371
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BANGKOK

It all started about one week before we were due to fly out from Australia. Confirmation had come through that a team was needed, and fast.

In the essence of time, Scion, Jerds and Swift from Brisbane, Alex from the Gold Coast and Anan from Sydney were chosen out of a many potential candidates. With just one week of preparation time in Australia, it was important for the team members to meet, discuss and train up.

With the exception of Anan who was in Sydney, the team met up every second day to drill techniques and condition for the event.

The client – Nissan Motors – had requested a 6 min performance to showcase their Nissan Navara 4x4’s at the up and coming Bangkok International Motor Show. The theme for the Nissan showcase this year being “Thank you for the obstacles in life” (the short translation being "Thank you for obstacle").

The size of the challenge ahead of us was evident. Not only did the team need to be able to perform for 6 mins non-stop, we required 6 mins of choreography that would keep the audience engaged.

Australian Action Team
The Australian Action Team (minus Scion) at Sydney Airport

Our other main concern was that we did not have access to interact with any of the obstacles that would be used in the show. This included at least one 4x4 ute and an apparatus (which was designed specifically for the show by Swift), and later dubbed the Lapparatus because of it’s L shape. Lapparatus check before the shows in a backyard workshop in Bangkok.

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To hinder preparations even more, I (Swift) was battling a chronic shoulder injury and Jerds contracted an untimely bout of food poisoning equating to a gastro virus thanks to the local kebab store!

On March 23rd, Jerds, Anan, Alex and Swift flew out from Sydney’s International airport - destination, Thailand. The flight took nine hours and gave the team much needed time to prepare and discuss further the show choreography.

With only a few hours left till touch down, (and to our delight!) Casino Royal was screened and we sat back and enjoyed the action.
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Lapparatus check before the shows in a backyard workshop in Bangkok

Our plane landed at 11pm Bangkok time (3am daylight savings time in Aust). To my surprise, we were greeted by five members of the event management team that hired us. One of which who’s nickname is Al – who was the host to be looking after the team during our stay in Thailand.

From here we jumped into the company bus and headed to the Bangkok Gardens Hotel, where we could fit in a sleep before beginning work at 8:30am that morning. The days mission was to shoot a short promo video ("VDO") to be played intermittently on the 3x4m video monitor at the Nissan booth of the Motor Show.

Hanging out the window of the client van
Hanging out the window of the client van, watching an ambulance stuck (and not given way) in hectic Bangkok traffic

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