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Rad: Behind the Scenes

by Bill Allen & Tony Donaldson

This project brings together the stars of the BMX movie Rad; Bill Allen, Eddie Fiola, Bart Conner, Martin Aparijo, Jose Yanez, Sam Bernard and Jeremy Moser to bring you the most incredible behind-the-scenes stories. Best played while watching the film.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Introduction
Tony Donaldson
3:01 album only
2. Behind the Scenes With the Rad Stars (feat. Eddie Fiola, Martin Aparijo & Bart Conner)
Bill Allen
118:08 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit in a room with the stars and players of the movie Rad and have them tell you the most amazing stories of what went into making it? Well, now you can!

The movie Rad has never been released in a modern, digital format. Officially, you can only play it on VHS or Laserdisc. Don't expect the latter to be better quality than the VHS, it isn't. And without an official DVD or Blu-ray version, there is no option for special features.

The genesis of this project was a few conversations with Eddie over the years, then he and Martin sat behind me at the screening at the Rad 25 anniversary at the Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. They were telling me behind-the-scenes stories that surprised, entertained and amazed me. I'm a fan of the movie, BMX rider and former BMX magazine editor, and also have known Eddie and Martin for decades. I thought I knew a lot about my favorite movie. But there was so much more I didn't know. I was hooked, and I knew we had to bring this experience to the fans.

We didn't know how to do this, since there was no chance to make it as a special feature for a disc. Talking to Eddie, he came up with recording it and selling it on iTunes. I got it right away. If you've ever heard of playing Pink Floyd's “Dark Side of the Moon” while watching The Wizard of Oz, where the film syncs up perfectly to the music, you get how this works. You buy this on iTunes, Amazon, etc. and play it back from your phone, music player, computer, tablet, phablet, smartwatch, game system, mp3-enabled hearing aid, digital Victrola, Google Glass, or whatever player the future brings. Then listen to the intro. The guys riff on each other with the stories, I wanted it to be spontaneous. It starts out in real-time with the movie, but there are a few times when the guys will want to go into more detail about something. Eddie will tell you to pause, you'll also hear a tone, then you pause while they expand on something. Eddie describes what is on-screen during the pause and after, so whatever way you're watching the film, you can sync it up manually and exactly.

I gathered together the stars and players from the 1986 coming-of-age BMX movie in a room, sat them on couches, put microphones on them and had them record behind-the-scenes stories of the making of this film. Funny and amazing stories that even the most hardcore of fans never knew. This was the first time in 27 years they had all been together in the same place.

Most of the guys live in the Los Angeles area, Eddie and Martin still ride together, Jeremy works with Eddie to promote his EF Proformer bikes, Sam still writes movies, Bill still works as an actor and musician. But Bart lives in Norman, Oklahoma with his Olympian wife, Nadia Comaneci and Jose lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

We set up the recording at Eddie's house (aka Club Ed). He has enough couches for everyone and a big TV. Recording Engineer Kyle Hoffmann had microphones on everyone and even panned all the mics so in headphones, you get a feel for where everyone is in the room.

To our knowledge, this has never been done before. We may be breaking new ground, and you're in on it. And as a special feature to go with your favorite film! (Be honest, how many times have you watched it?)

I've sat down with friends and fans with the raw recording. Some who didn't know anyone involved in the movie. They all said that they will never, ever watch the film the same way again. It gives it a whole new dimension. It makes it more real.

We had a blast producing it, I know you'll really enjoy this program.

The Players:

Bill Allen (played Cru Jones)
Bart Conner (played Bart Taylor)
Eddie Fiola (played himself and stunt double for Cru and others)
Martin Aparijo (played himself and stunt double for main characters)
Sam Bernard (created and wrote the film)
Jose Yanez (inventor of the backflip, and the only person who could do them at the time)
Jeremy Moser (played himself and runs

Recording Engineer: Kyle Hoffman
Dialogue Editor and Mixer: Hermann Thumann
Craft Services: Mindi Fiola

I would like to give thanks to Recording Engineer Kyle Hoffman and Dialogue Editor and Mixer Hermann Thumann for their incredible talent and hard work on this project. Also to my wonderful girlfriend Shirley Stahl for all her support and help with this. To Mindi and Eddie Fiola for being the gracious hosts for this recording, and to Bill, Bart, Eddie, Martin, Sam, Jeremy and Jose for getting together for this. To my friend Mike Drolet for the help, support and encouragement. To the friends and fans that listened to the early versions with me to shape it into the fun that it is, and to all my fellow fans that love my favorite movie.




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