Nitro Circus continues to be one of MTV’s most popular shows. As Travis Pastrana and the Nitro crew began to wrap up filming on their second season, they tapped rally superstar Ken Block for a new segment dubbed “Rally Horse”, and called Mad Media to capture all of the mayhem in pristine 4K resolution with RED ONE cameras. Shot on location at Miller Motorsports, the one-day shoot called for stunt coordination and direction by Mad Media TV/Film Director Joshua Martelli, and employed several of Mad Media’s top cinematographers for production support on the piece.
“We’ve spent the last ten years filming off-road, tarmac, and everything in between”, commented Martelli. “We know what rally cars are capable of and how they handle, and the best way to shoot them, so it was great to get a call from MTV and Dickhouse to come out and play. Ken and Travis have always had a friendly rivalry in rally, and that made for some hilarious TV. Obviously we roll with higher-end gear than a typical reality TV show has budget for, or time to use, but in the end I think the combination of the raw in-your-face filming that Tremaine and Knoxville use, will look great when mixed with our RED footage.”
Mad Media employed dollies, jibs, steadicam, and condor lifts in order to capture all of the chaos that ensued once Ken and Travis got in the car. “Basically they had a really funny list of ideas that we helped translate into realistic stunts that we knew would work. I was really impressed with their prop coordinator, the pace of the filming, and how well they captured all the funny moments between Ken and Travis”, continued Martelli. “I think Nitro fans are going to freak when they see what was thrown down.”
Nitro Circus is executive produced by Jeff Tremaine and Johnny Knoxville of Dickhouse Productions, Jeremy Rawle and Gregg Godfrey of Godfrey Entertainment, Travis Pastrana and Trip Taylor. Tony DiSanto, Liz Gateley, Chris Linn, Lauren Dolgen and Michelle Klepper are the MTV executives in charge of production.
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