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Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Metzger films for new Discovery 3D network

Discovery outfitted Metz with this sweet 3D HD helmet cam rig.
Always up to something big, the Godfather of Freestyle Motocross, Mike Metzger, just wrapped a film shoot at his riding facility in Menifee, Calif. on Monday, filming for Discovery Channel's new 3D network. According to MOB Syndicate team manager and long time friend of Metz, Ed Allumbaugh, Discovery Channel is launching a fulltime 3D network in January of 2011 that will include a 10-segment series featuring various action sports, with Metzger being the focus of the FMX episode.

He further explained, "Each episode of the action sports-based series will be like an hour-long documentary about each different sport. The FMX episode is mostly based around Mike, but it's also about the life of a freestyler and the daily routine -- you know, like what it takes to do backflips, the injuries that come along with it, the training and so on."

Assisting Metzger in the five-hour shoot, a handful of his So Cal-based MOB Syndicate team riders were being filmed as well. "On top of interviewing me, they also did an interview with all the riders that showed up like Javier Villegas and Gabriel Villegas , James Carter, Julian Dusseau, and a couple other local dudes that ride," stated Metzger. He finished, "I think it's going to be really good -- it's always cool to be involved with something new."

James Carter with a solid no-handed flip.
Being that Discovery's new network will feature a cutting-edge 3D viewing experience, the equipment used was also extremely unique. On top of the main tripod-mounted 3D cameras on the ground, the film crew was using a boom/jib camera, multiple helmet cams and an interesting helicopter-type camera that flew beside the riders as they were jumping. "I was talking with the producer and he told me that the footage they got with the helicopter -- I guess you can call it that -- was the best they've captured yet and completely unreal," said Allumbaugh, who was on location throughout the day.

According to Discovery's website, the new 3D network will feature high-quality premium content from genres that are most appealing in 3D, including natural history, space, exploration, adventure, engineering, science and technology, motion pictures and children's programming. Although the action sports series on the new network will undoubtedly offer an incredible viewing experience, it's likely to take a good amount of time to fully takeover the American household due to the fact that a 3D-equipped TV set is required.

Next on the agenda is a shoot with skateboard legend Bob Burnquist at his home in Vista, Calif., which should be pretty stellar because of the mega ramp he has on his property.

This crazy-looking helicopter rig flew alongside the riders while they threw down their repertoire of tricks.