Meet the Filmmakers

The Director /Producer/Editor:

Rick Ernst was a Producer / Supervising Producer for MTV Networks from 1993-2007. During that time he produced, directed and wrote hundreds of shows including Headbangers Ball, 120 Minutes,  Subteranean, 25 Loud (w/ Jimmy Kimmel & Jack Black), Beachbrawl (with Fear Factory and stars of WCW), Spring Break, live performances, What a Guy Wants (Dave Chapelle, David Wells) and countles other shows.
After leaving MTV, Rick moved on to the "gig of a lifetime" at Roadrunner Records (Director of Video Production) where he oversaw video productions and worked with bands like Machine Head, Gojira, DevilDriver, Megadeth, Opeth, Slipknot, Stone Sour, Blackstone Cherry,  Soulfly, Theory of a Deadman, Cavalera Conspiracy, Killswitch Engage and was Executive Producer the award winning documentary, Dream Theater: The Spirit Carries On. 

Currently, Rick is a freelance Producer / Director / Avid Editor with a passion for helping shelter dogs. 


The Associate Producer/Graphic Designer/Editor:

Rat Skates is a music personality known around the world for being one of the few, true leaders of the Thrash Metal movement. His drumming, composing, and relentless motivation broke new ground in the early 80’s when he formed “Overkill”. He has since devoted his creative efforts to filmmaking and writing. His latest project, “Born in the Basement”, a film depicting the “DIY” mindset of 80’s music and culture was released in May 2007. He also owns and operates Kundrat Productions, a post-production/recording studio that has produced a wide variety of projects from corporate advertising to the performing arts.


The Production Assistant / end credit designer / web site designer (2003-2008)

Doug Sexton’s involvement with the film started in late 2003 when he redesigned the Get Thrashed website. For over 5 years, Doug kept the site updated and oversaw several redesigns of the site. Doug also contributed his photos and footage and capped off his run working on the film by designing the "end credits" at the conclusion of Get Thrashed.


 A note from the Director of Get Thrashed - Rick Ernst:

As a teenager growing up on Long Island in the 1980's, I spent most of my time listening to heavy metal. Bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and others introduced me to a world of long hair and leather jackets. Then along came thrash metal, which was heavy metal taken to the next level. When I first heard it, I was repulsed. The music was SO FAST, the lyrics were unintelligible and the stuff you could  make out was downright frightening. Bands like Metallica, Slayer, Overkill and Exodus were singing about Satan, death, destruction, nuclear war, killing and mayhem. Their live shows, filled with headbanging, stage diving and mosh pits also added to the danger .... and allure of the music. Like so many other kids from the suburbs who grew up on Sabbath, Priest and Maiden, I fell in love with this angry, aggressive and 'ugly' music known as thrash metal. Why?

That’s the question Get Thrashed sets out to answer. For me, it was important to document this incredible scene to show others who missed out and to highlight thrash metal's influence on grunge, death metal and many other new forms of music. For thrash fans, it’s hard to put into words what the music means to us. I hope Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal provides the words, the sounds and the pictures to explain to the world how we all feel.




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