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Old 07-12-2012, 02:08 PM   #61
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Totally! That's one reason I could never find things like Bullitt or Ronin or The Transporter entertaining. I mean, come on! It's so obvious they used all kinds of multiple takes for those chase scenes. I wish they would do more like the ones I see on the LA evening news

I hate most car chase scenes, including the above mentioned.

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Braineack - You seem to hate everything other than maybe some cats, so that kind of dilutes your opinion.

The fact that you think Christina Aguilera can't sing without autotune or a production staff around her is almost exactly equivalent to the people saying anybody can hop in Block's Fiesta and do donuts between moving trolleys or any of the other stunts in his videos (and since anyone can do them, they make the videos non-entertaining to watch). It's not far off from all the people that think a new 5.0 Mustang is an ill-handling tugboat because it has an "archaic" rear suspension design.


Aaaand, I now acknowledge that I am the idiot for spending so much time arguing the other side of this thread.
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The fact that you think Christina Aguilera can't sing without autotune or a production staff around her

she can, quite well (when's she's not gasping for air/drugs), but she's nothing without them.

do you think she woke up one and day and was like, I'm going to start wearing chaps on stage and sing about sex, or do you think her managers/producers told her it would be the best thing to do for her carreer because of the shock vaule and a way for her to compete with britney's evolving image so she didn't end up like a nobody like Mandy Moore and Jessica Simpson, who at the same time held onto the "innocent" approach and never made it as big?
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I was going to comment on many of the points being mentioned here... But honestly you can not tell me Ken Block is not a phenomenal driver with incredible control of that vehicle.

I shouldn't be, but I'm actually quite surprised at how much you cats hate this video.

Gymkhana is intended to be a short technical course at which the driver must technically maneuver through obstacles within a determined time limit.

If it weren't a video intended for entertainment you could say that he failed at completing it in the most time efficient manner.

Truth be told- He is not trying to be the best driver in the world. He is trying to drum up social media so shhaaddup with all of this hate BS. The kid is doing a great job.

His coverage is for the most part, completely untouched in certainly his industry and maybe every industry.

His videos have gained some of the most viral exposure ever to be seen. Period. CHECK IT OUT FOR YOURSELVES
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wow, that's a feat even the beatles couldn't do.




sidenote: remember when DC actually used to make skateboarding shoes?
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And FWIW rallying really needs people doing things like Ken Block does to improve it's exposure or it's going to die.

and it can't die, it's one of the best motorsports about.

I see no issue with what KB does, the videos are fun and if I had his money I'd also race and probably come dead last, anyone else who says they wouldn't is :ghey:
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When asked why they don't film the videos in one take Brian scotto responded with...
"This is a simple but good question that we hear often. It boils down to four things: camera coverage, tires, distances between location and the need for practice.

CAMERA COVERAGE: Most shots are done within 2-4 takes, a lot of times we want to reshoot because we don't like the shot, or that Ken did something different than the camera operator was expecting and lost the car in the frame. But even if the filmers nailed every shot, you would need 15x the crew and cameras and that is just cost prohibitive.

TIRES: No tire in the world would last for 6-8 minutes of intense hoonage.

LOCATIONS: As anyone will tell you who knows SF well, we jump from location to location for some of the shots, meaning there would be a lot of boring straight road transits if we didn't. Granted there is the option to build and design a course, but again, that would be bloody expensive and not as cool as using organic obstacles that KB has to figure out instead of engineer to work. Make sense?

PRACTICE: A lot of the stuff in these videos Ken had never tried before. You can't really practice a jump drift in a parking lot. Quite frankly, we had no idea how it was going to end up, and while I'm sure Chuck Norris would just go flat and suffer the consequences, some times a prudent 7/10s first attempt is needed for mere mortals. The misconception is the Ken is taking 10 runs cause he can't do it. The truth is the first run or two is a bit reserved so not only can he get a feel of the trick, the camera operators understand what he will be doing. Then the next takes is Ken being a perfectionist and wanting to not be 5 inches from a cone, but 2 inches. "
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Thanks for sharing, GTI.

I thought it was entertaining when I first saw it. It was even better with the commentary on the first page.
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