There’s been a lot of buzz going around town as the release of DEFY comes nearer and nearer, but there is yet to be an official release date. We decided to hit up Sean of BFY Production to get the inside scoop on when we can get our hands on the first run of copies. Here is what Sean had to say about the release date, and also new details as to what we can look forward to seeing in the final product.
Trailer: DEFY, the Danny Harf Project
Rumor has it that defy is set to finally release at surf expo. Is this true or false?
We are planning on an expo premier but added another trip to radar, which proved to be completely worth it. The plan is to show a new relevant and legit new trailer at wake awards instead. The release and premier will move to some time in late October most likely. The movie comes out as a Bluray/ DVD combo pack. Pre-orders available at discounted rate at www.defythemovie.com.
We also hear that Danny has landed several different tricks for the first time and you have it all on film, including some new double flip variations. What can you tell us about this?
As far as Danny’s new tricks, you will just have to wait for the premier. Haha.
photo by Spencer Smith
Rumor has it Danny has put his body on the line and suffered several injuries in the process. What injuries has he endured and what is his current state of health?
Danny has pushed himself more than I have ever seen any one rider do for a video. Over the past several months Danny has hit over 300 double ups, so injuries are definitely part of it. Banged up shoulders and knees. Rehab plus some ice packs then back out for another set. Danny is the man.
How much $ have you guys spent on rail set-ups throughout the filming process? How about on Helicopter rentals?
Well between C\chopper Dave at radar with Ronix and the Fox blue lake stunts. My guess is around $25k just on stunts. That doesn’t include the Ronix contribution at radar, which I’m sure is considerably more from them. Thanks Paul!
We know that several other riders have been involved in the filming process as well, and are also trying tricks that have never been landed. What is the coolest new move you have seen someone land other than Danny?
I would say that one of the coolest things about what Danny wanted to do with this film was to showcase the best guys in this sport. With that we have seen the most insane shredding ever. From double up tricks, system 2.0, radar insanity, tow-in surf, and more.
So many cool tricks. Just have to wait and see.
How much of Danny’s history in the sport will be told in Defy? Does it date back to his childhood or take a different/ more recent approach?
We wanted Defy to be more based on the progression happening currently in Wakeboarding. We wanted to focus on what Danny and his crew were creating. We also wanted to make sure to include with that all the things that Danny has accomplished over the years in the intro. Also included is his affiliation with the pointless crew and X-games experience. Sum it up: an action driven documentary.
We know you’ve been working with high speed camera’s quite a bit recently, what percentage of the film would you say has been shot with the red?
As of this past week, we could have between 40% or more, depending on what is usable or not. We shot a ton of red and red epic recently but obviously with the stuff we shot pre-red acquisition, there won’t be red. We also shot hi-speed 16mm film, phantom, and hd.
What is the closest call you’ve had with the riders while shooting from the helicopter?
Close calls are hard to define or maybe we just don’t want to define them. Haha. The boys get close to the chopper or I should say the chopper gets close to them. We push it but the shots are insane and we know when to get some distance.
photo by Sean Kilgus
Do you ever feel airsick up in the chopper looking through the lens?
When we spend an entire day in and out of the chopper I sometimes feel sick but most of the time it’s all good. How could I complain? I get to fly around with practically a stunt pilot. It’s cool.
Who would you say excelled the most on the rail set-up at radar just recently? Also, who built that setup?
Jason Standley and Eric from Ronix were the chief engineers for the new build at radar. They had a team. It was huge and a “mega” build for sure. Stoked on the outcome. The setup was sick for sure. All the boys shredded. Highlights: Reed Hansen is Mega! Dean Smith Booted.
There’s been a lot of buzz going around town as the release of DEFY comes nearer and nearer, but there is yet to be an official release date. We decided to hit up Sean of BFY Production to get the inside scoop on when we can get our hands on the first run of copies. [...]