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November 10, 2011
Red Bull Excam / SLACKLIFE UK
A glimpse into the UK Slackline scene with Maverick Slackline Riders Ian Jennings & Jacob Hirsch-Holland.
How It Went Down . . .
Sam: “Jake, you up for shooting an edit tomorrow?”
Me: “Hell yeah!”
Jennings: “We NEED to rig that highline . . .”
Me: “Hell yeah!”
And the next thing I know it’s 6:30am on Saturday morning, I still stink of paraffin from the fire show the night before, and I’m on my way to pick up Guy. After a quick stop to pick up some food for lunch, which, in the rush of things, we never end up eating, we roll up to the parking spot where Jennings, Sam, and Jon are waiting for us with cameras rolling and rage juice flowing.
After a few trips from the vans we finally get all the gear needed for our highline and tricklines through the woods, over the fence, and into our secret, run-down, graffiti covered film set. With all its broken asbestos and smashed up buildings, the place has a college-photography-project beauty about it, which just draws you in.
The rest of the morning is spent frantically rigging the highline (or more of a ‘mid-line’ if we’re honest) between two brick towers rising above the single-storey buildings below. We know we haven’t got long because whatever we don’t get filmed before the light goes simply doesn’t get in the edit. With highline rigged and imperfections considered, it’s time for a send. I shimmy out passed the pulleys and get my on-site full-man in the bag. After a few more sends for the camera and a rough leash fall, it’s off to rig the tricklines in our undercover ‘training space’, where Reaf has smashed up a killer backdrop for us! Word to the RAW Crew!
Time and light isn’t on our side, so we get straight on it with the bangers. Within half an hour Jennings has nailed some of the biggest and best backdrop combos I’ve ever seen, I’m throwing 360s in what seems like every combo, and we’re both raging like we mean it!
While we finish off with an interview for Jon, Guy (our hero rigger of the day!) de-rigs the highline and gets all the gear down on his own. All that’s left now is to get the hell out of here! Luckily for me, I’m late for a gig so Jennings, Sam, and Jon are left to mission all the gear back to the van. Epic day.
By Jacob Hirsch-Holland
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