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AUSTRALIAN ACTION TEAM HIT THAILAND FOR NISSAN LAUNCH
by Jerds
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REPORT 1 OF 2

The location of the shoot was the artistic outdoor landscape of States Art Museum.

We were given three abstractly placed walls, and two Nissan Navara utes to play with. The team minus Scion (who had taken a later flight and was arriving later that night) warmed up and scoped the location for potential.

On offer were medium height wall hops, an awkward underbar, a variety of vault opportunities, a ground level gap to cat leap (arm jump), some wall tricks and a one story drop.

Photo of Death Taxis Motorbike taxis (we affectionately called them Death Taxis). It wasn't uncommon to ride backwards down a highway, kneecaps cm's

Once these had been filmed our attention then switched to the two Nissan Navaras. We took 20mins to play with the cars to see what we could come up with. By this stage, the cars had been placed in an area that was well lit and we soon came to realization that the car body was far too hot to touch! Using water and ice we took some of the heat off the surfaces which we would utilise.

Vaults were made in and out of the vehicles, the doors were wall-spinned, the tray was hand-standed, the cab was under-barred and the bonnet leaped (and impacted, leaving a knee shaped crater by Swift).

Whilst the days efforts did not seem like much, the team (besides the boy wonder Anan) was thoroughly exhausted, dehydrated (40degree heat) and a little broken.

That night Swift and Jerds slept like logs, whilst Anan stayed up watching TV. Alex had a disturbing night of explosive diarrhea and volcanic vomiting.

Photo Alex at Hospital
Alex contracts a virus and goes to hospital before the shows!

This was the first major blow to the team, and it would be estimated (as evaluated by the doctor at the nearest large hospital) to take Alex out of action for at least 5 days.

Lucky for us, the next four days would be used for choreography and meeting the other performers. We were thankful to hear that our new friends, the "Nissan Girls", would take 2 mins off our total performance, leaving us with the best part of 4 mins to fill.

Photo of The Parkour Australia Action Team and the Nissan Girls
The Parkour Australia Action Team and the Nissan Girls pose for after show media attention.

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2 Big Dramas in Bangkok

But that was where our luck ran out. Upon arriving at BITEC (The entertainment centre hosting the Bangkok International Motor Show) we realised that the surface to perform the show on was a dust covered polished wood floor. It was as slippery as shoes on wet pebbletex!

The other dilemma was the rail which was intended to support our turn-vaults/one story drops – which was intended for the opening hoorah - was actually very flimsy and obviously designed primarily with aesthetics in mind.

Photo of The Nissan Booth before set up
The Nissan Booth at the Bangkok International Motor Show - before being set up.

The next 3 days would be spent planning and stressing over our options for the shows. The final bomb shell was dropped when we were informed that the Nissan chiefs did not want the Lapparatus used for our first performance on the Thursday - media release day.

On Wednesday night we went home (exhausted as always, after hard work rehearsing and choreographing), and decided an early night was required. The best strategy was to wake the next morning, as fresh as possible in order to plan how our show would unfold.

Photo of Scion in bed The closest Scion got to sleeping with a Nissan girl.

The morning of the press release all five members met at the indoor gymnasium of Hotel Avana - which was our new residency just 4 mins drive from BITEC. We had a CD player with the soundtrack of the performance and a piece of paper with the layout of our stage and positioning of cars.

We spent the first two hours nutting out the choreography and timing, and the next two hours walking through the sequences out aloud…

To be continued…

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