Ford Commercial / Rock Climbing

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 1:16AM Behind The Wheel With Brett Smrz

Hey everyone,

I went rock climbing for the first time on Saturday at Stony Point. I went with my best friend Joel, who had just come over from Flagstaff, AZ. There was also Ryan, Sara, and Elise tagging along in the group. After the rock climbing, we decided to walk around the vicinity and do some trail climbing. It was mostly everyone’s first time climbing, so it was fun to watch and a good overall experience. I had a lot of fun, and it was a great work out in places that I noticed I haven’t worked on before, so I might end up doing it again some time soon!

After the rock climbing, we went back to Joel’s house and had a barbecue. We also played some volley ball in his backyard, and shot a couple games of pool. It was an awesome get together with the two ex-neighbor families!

Sunday and Monday I was out in downtown LA shooting a Ford commercial in a Ford Fiesta. They had me doing stuff with the Precision Arm, which is a car with a crane on the roof and a camera attached to the end of it. They have full control of the crane and the camera, and the driver of the picture car (me) has to do things like hold a mark at a certain speed, or be in a precise spot at a certain time. (It is a bit harder than it sounds!)

This will be an internet commercial, so I don’t think you will get to see it on the television, but they may decide later on to make it national.

I got to work with Greg Tracy on this job, which awesome enough he was selected for the Team USA Scholarship as well a while back. It was cool to talk with him and share experiences on both of our trips. Mike Johnson was the other stunt driver I was working with, and he races the off road trucks (Trophy trucks, etc.). Check Mike out, and go watch some of his races this year!

I am going to visit Troy Lee Designs on Wednesday, and he is going to take my helmet and hopefully get me a pretty sweet design made up for me for this season! I look forward to meeting him. I heard he was a really great guy.

I hope everyone is doing well. Until next time, take care!

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