Cars, bikes, stunts
Tuesday, 31st August, 2010
As details surrounding the big-budget flick Fury Road continue to be a closely guarded secret, including the vehicles being used, snippets of information about the film are leaking out.
While photographs have appeared online of some of the vehicles apparently being used in the movie, a stunt rider has revealed that more than 100 cars and bikes will appear in the film which is being shot on the Mundi Mundi Plains.
Cameron Taylor, a multiple Australian Motocross champion, is apparently in the city rehearsing stunts for the fourth Mad Max movie and has been quoted recently by Transmoto Magazine.
"It's a big budget deal that got 130 cars and bikes and 298 stunts," Taylor told the magazine.
He goes on to say that some of the bikes have been modified, including super-long swingarms and beefed-up suspension, while others have "insane paint jobs".
"I'm literally riding all day at the moment, but I think they're holding off on desserts for us as they want us to all have that skinny, feral desert look."
Taylor said all the stunt riders were going to be part of the film, not used as doubles, and they would be back early next year for seven months of filming.
Meanwhile, photos of four heavily modified vehicles purported to be for the film have appeared on adventure rider.com. The vehicles were on the back of a semi-trailer and covered.
At least some of the vehicles for the movie, which will star Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, are being stored and modified at the former Galena Street power station, which has been a hive of activity for several weeks now.
Over 100 people involved in pre-production are now thought to be in the city, with most expected to leave at the end of September before returning again in mid-November.
Shooting of the post-apocalyptic film, which had been expected to start in the second half of this year but has continued to be pushed back, is scheduled to begin in February.
About 450 people will be involved during shooting which will continue through to July, with a four week break in March.
Insiders have said the epic movie will boost the local economy not only now but also into the future, in the same way The Lord of the Rings trilogy helped New Zealand.
The film will also feature Nicholas Hoult and Riley Keough, the granddaughter of the late singer Elvis Presley.