Last summer, in the blistering heat of mid July, the above spot for Hyundai’s Tuscon model of SUV was shot at the little-known location of the Tököli Airport in Tököli, Hungary (a stone’s throw from Budapest). The heat, and the flat terrain were ideal for the complicated undertaking of shaping the sand tunnel, or ‘sand circuit’ (watch the clip!) that the Hyundai skillfully drives through. If you were in Hungary last summer, you know it was an especially hot one, with temps before and during the shoot hovering around 50 Celsius, which is over 100 Fahrenheit.
You would think that would put a lot of pressure on the stunt driver, but professional Zoltan Gulyas Kiss managed to maneuver through the tight curves in forward, virtually kissing the walls with the side-view mirror – and reverse (that is reverse, not the film played backwards) without a single blunder over his day of shooting, only aided by a custom-made seat belt and handbrake. Mother Nature, however, could not be counted on to be so agreeable. The shoot was delayed by a flash storm that destroyed part of the tunnel. This was, however, quickly reformed and the project was finished without any further complications.
With this complicated, highly technical production – and one people are responding to, with over 6 million YouTube views – it can be safely said that film production in Hungary is more than just amazing backdrops and scenery.
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