Ancient Rome had the Visigoths and Vandals to contend with, now Revelstoke must prepare for ‘Hoyer the Destroyer,’ a professional MX snowbike rider who wants to shred up downtown Revelstoke.
Hoyer the Destroyer is the nickname for Brock Hoyer, a two-time X Games gold medalist in the snowbike discipline.
A promotional flyer presented to city council on Feb. 26 posed a rhetorical question: “Have you ever wondered what would happen if two-time X Games gold medalist Brock Hoyer had the freedom to session the streets of a winter city?”
Their answer to their rhetorical question assumes it’s been on everyone’s mind: “We have too.”
Adventure sports film producer Stacked Films plans to shoot The Way Home in Revelstoke. It will feature a number of scenes, including Hoyer jumping over highways, doing wallrides in alleyways, riding over cars, and jumping onto trains.
The concept for the film is that while his riding partners load up their snowbikes onto their trucks at the end of the day, Hoyer rides all the way home through town.
The video makers plan to edit the stunts into a four-minute video they hope will go viral.
Turner Simpson and Steve Hall from Stacked Films presented to city council on the concept on Feb. 26.
The production team members said they are working on details of the production, including liaising with the city’s economic development department and a number of production workers in order to bring the project to fruition.
They hope to shoot the sequence from April 1-8 in Revelstoke. They presented a sequential list of road closures they’d need for the the week-long shoot. Most are to shut off a block or two for a day or two.
The producers also noted that there was a high likelihood that the production wouldn’t come together this season, and may need to get pushed back to early 2020.
They said their inspiration for the film was the 2011 Sherpas Cinema production All.I.Can, which featured pro skier JP Auclair skiing through the streets of Trail, B.C.
David Barritt, film commissioner for the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District, also presented to council on Feb. 26, listing the benefits of film productions in the Revelstoke area.
Barritt contrasted the production with other films shot here. He noted that The Way Home will actually feature Revelstoke, as opposed to other film productions that use Revelstoke as a fictional backdrop.
“I think there’s a great opportunity here to capitalize on what they’re offering,” Barritt said.
The producers requested no fees or permit payments for the production, but the producers were asked to work with the city’s economic development department on production details.
At the meeting, it was also noted that the city has developed a film production policy, which was up for discussion on the council agenda later in the meeting.
Some city councillors had questions on insurance, road closures, and liability. Some, such as Jackie Rhind, expressed support, while one councillor expressed concern. Coun. Steven Cross said he was concerned about disruption to business and the image the film would present.
The presentation to council was informational, so there were no immediate decisions for council on the proposal.