It has been less than four years since Akraix
Entertainment was founded, and in that short time,
they have managed to put out some of the most
impressive freestyle videos around. With the release
of “Fallout 3”, Akraix has accomplished
what other filmmakers have not yet been able to
do…appeal to audiences in both the four-wheeled
and the two-wheeled world.
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Akraix’s Derek Guetter attributes their
boundary breaking success to their strong ties
with many dirtbike freestyle riders that they
have befriended through the Crusty Demons tours.
Those connections also played a key role in the
location choices for Fallout 3. “Our places
to film and ride are limited by our connections
in the industry. We know a lot of dirtbike guys
so we ended up doing a lot of filming at their
private tracks.” Stated Derek.
One thing that the Akraix videos are noted for
is the huge jumps, but not many people are aware
that the riders actually go out to the sites and
build the jumps and track layouts themselves.
“It takes a lot of time, but it’s
definitely worth it.” Said Derek in regards
to the effort involved. “The set up at Hollister
took 4 days to build, but it turned out awesome.
It was really rewarding once it was done.”
Perhaps one of the most remarkable scenes in
the Fallout 3 is the helicopter scene. “We
rented a helicopter because we really wanted to
make this video exciting and have different shots.”
Said Guetter. “When we watched the footage
from that we got chills. It was really incredible.
I think it’s one of the best scenes we’ve
ever done!” An amazing still shot of Derek,
from that particular scene, actually graces the
cover of Fallout 3. “It was really exciting
to do that scene and it really pushed us to do
our best out there.” Derek concluded.
The soundtrack of this video is modern and upbeat
and the music flows well with the content of each
segment. “We feel that the music we chose
is critical to each scene. The song has to fit
and capture what that segment is about.”
Stated Derek in regards to their collaborative
effort in choosing the songs. Akraix also tries
to make sure that the soundtrack is appropriate
for all ages of viewers.
One thing we noticed about the Fallout 3 is that
it is rather short with a run time of about only
40 minutes; however, there is an abundance of
bonus footage. “It’s a little shorter,
but we wanted to have it be the most exciting
video out there. We wanted it to be non-stop action
from beginning to end.” Derek explained.
Akraix certainly delivers when it comes to action
in Fallout 3 with the main focus being on freestyle,
there are plenty of thrills and spills to be seen.
However Derek stresses that Akraix is not just
about freestyle and going big. “A lot of
people misinterpret our goals. We also support
ATV racing. In fact we are actually sponsoring
some amateur racers.” He said.
The tricks are second to none and the cinematography
in Fallout 3 is top notch. The soundtrack is good
and the video is suitable for all ages. In all,
the Fallout 3 is definitely the best quality video
that Akraix has put out, but it still doesn’t
seem to have the heart and soul of the Fallout
1. “Fallout 3 has the best quality and content
yet, we spent a lot of time making it, but Fallout
1 will always be special to us because it was
the first and we put everything we had into that
video.” Said Derek when asked which video
of the series is his favorite. The Fallout 3 is
definitely geared to a younger audience but it
is very entertaining and is worth the purchase
price of $27.95.