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G.I. Joe – Retaliation (2013)

Directed by Jon M. Chu

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The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.

Filmed in 2010 in New Orleans, LA. This was one of the most unusual builds that we have done. The bikes were needed for some fairly big stunt sequences as well as having very specific needs based on the physical size of the actor and stunt performer. Our main actor was 6’4 in height, so the build centered around creating a machine that would be scaled accurately. The original concept drawings showed an inline 3 wheel motorcycle. Because of the nature of our riding sequences, we needed to move to a more traditional platform. Our base bikes for this project were Ducati Hypermotards. Because we had such extreme size issues, we had to make almost everything. We had 20” wheels made as well as fabricating an extended single sided swing arm. Massive Triple trees were designed and cut. It was so big that anyone under 6’ tall needed some help to mount the bike. The bodywork was a mixture of cast fiberglass and laser cut break metals. We also had to make stable mounts for weapons. The action saw this bike drifting as well as jumping to a flat surface. We shot most of the motorcycle scenes at night in different locations around New Orleans. The bikes performed very well and stunt rider Joe Bucaro managed the giant machines very well. It was definitely a challenging build, but being able to enlarge the machine and keep it totally functional was a great result.

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