My long-suffering wife (who I love VERY VERY much – in case she happens to read this) will always quiz me on the odd occasion I take her out to an expensive restaurant or surprise her with flowers and chocolates with a question along the line of “why can’t you do this more often?” My response is as predictable as it is invariable; I always tell her “hey, if we ate lobster every night it wouldn’t be a luxury anymore would it?” Well, keeping that thought in mind, I’d like to invite you to watch yet another killer short film on the art of making custom motorbicycles. In this vid, we get a sneak peak into the world of Dustin Kott from Kott Motorcycles. This little masterpiece was shot by a photographer and illustrator who goes by the very noble name of Benedict Campbell. He’s been shooting photos for the Ad Industry for over 20 years and if his stills are anything like his motion work, i’ll be hiring him to shoot my next wedding after my current wife divorces me for using the deeply personal moments in our relationship as fodder for writing Pipeburn articles. Ahem.
Harold Park Paceway is a harness horse racing track in Sydney. Or it used to be. It was sold a few years back to a developer who is trying to turn it into a billion dollar housing development. As the project is on hold until it gets the final approvals, Deus had a brilliant idea. To hire the track for a day, find some ‘jockeys’ to do a few laps, shoot some film and create some serious dust clouds for the locals to whine about. Here’s a nice little back story about the film by Carby Tuckwell, the creative force behind Deus:
“We have been sneaking in for a quick lap for ages, you get two at best before the caretaker wanders out and gives us a gentle wave on. No aggro, they know we are just having fun. What we really wanted was a good session on the banked gravel without interruption, so we asked to rent it for the day for a photo shoot and called around for willing jockeys. It was bumpy and ungroomed after years of neglect and the developer had drilled core samples at 50m intervals for extra danger. We got some good laps in, some of the dirt virgins pop squirting around with smiles like 10 year olds and a real 10 year old (Tom) who races speedway who trickled out from the pits and proceeded to ride wide open for 7 laps sideways the whole way. This kid will be a star.”
While they were at the horse track, the Deus boys also managed to shoot… um, rustle up a selection of stunning photos which can be viewed here. Enjoy.
As you may remember, we recently featured a very beautiful Honda cafe racer called “Bonita” that got quite a respectable response from you, the good readers of this here blog. Actually, it was more like Beatles riot come to think of it. Basking in the post-victory afterglow, Pepe and I were shooting the poop on all things Bonita, and he mentioned that he was really impressed with the two Deus videos we had recently posted. Luckily for us (or more correctly, me) it didn’t take a genius to figure out what to do next; we’d celebrate the the hottest girl we knew using the magic of modern video. And after many hiccups (including delaying the shoot due to a heatwave) we have managed to finish the thing. What an epic odyssey. Hope you like it.
Many thanks to Pepe (of course) for letting us dance with his babe on the roof of a supermarket at midnight, and his trusty sidekick Pablo. Thanks to Toby for his eccentric yet genius DOP skills and Banana Joe’s for letting us shoot on their roof. Also thanks to Lee from BJs Custom Choppers for letting us stay after the lights went out (long story). The song is “Some Kinda Love” by The Velvet Underground.
You are an average guy like you or I that finds himself in his hometown with two days to spare. You round up a few mates and enjoy some cleansing ales. And then you enjoy a few more. And then you get thrown out of the ale house. Then you find another one. Then you show a stranger how to break dance “new skool” style. Then things get a bit vague. You wake up the next morning not sure where you are and realise you’ve lost your phone and you have strange purple bruises on your legs.
Or maybe you are cinematographer Andrew David Watson and you find yourself in your hometown of Philadelphia with two days to spare. You round up a mate called Adam Cramer who also happens to be a true character and a vintage bike freak. You enjoy a few truly amazing on-camera conversations. And then you enjoy a few more. Then you spend a few hours shooting the guy’s shop. Then things just get better. You wake up a few weeks later with the final edit of what is one of the best short films we’ve seen in a very long time.
We came across this beautifully shot video on Falcon Motorcycle’s blog. Directed and filmed by Iñigo Oleaga, it shows the Kestrel being fabricated and built. Just like the stunning one-of-a-kind bike, this film is also mesmorising, full of artisanship, and rather cool to behold. Hope you like it.
(If you want to read more about the Kestrel build, click here.)
If this doesn’t make you want to go on a road trip, I don’t know what will. It’s a trailer for an independent film called “It’s Better In The Wind” by LA based photographer Scott G. Toepfer. The 15 minute short film is due out later this year and uses a mix of Super 8 and Canon 5D Mark II footage. It features a group guys riding across the Western parts of America on their bikes and just experiencing life the way it should be — no ipads or crackberries. We should all take a lesson from this. Another important lesson learnt from this trailer is to always watch your back while ‘draining the snake’ on the side of the road.
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Another little video from our friends at Deus. This time featuring a freshly painted red 1978 XS650 cut to Al Barry & The Cimarons song ‘Morning Sun’. The bike has been hiding out in the Deus ‘Temple of Enthusiasm’ since they opened their doors. Now it’s off to a new home where she’ll be enjoyed by some lucky bugger.
This classic styled Triumph T100 Scrambler, commonly known as Jack Pine is no newcomer to the limelight. It was numero uno in BikeEXIF’s Greatest Hits of 2010 — a combination of most hits and most comments. Now Hammarhead Industries have released this short video of their scrambler in action. So if you thought this Triumph was all show and no go, then you don’t know Jack.
[Found on Return of the Cafe Racers]
Yesterday we were sent this beautifully shot video, directed by Clément Beauvais starring the guys from Blitz Motorcycles riding the roads of France. The video is set to the great folk/rock song by The Felice Brothers called ‘Frankie’s Gun’. The short film was shot for the aestheticly pleasing blog named Riding September – which contains stacks of sweet photographs and videos.
WARNING: The video may contain traces of motorcyclists riding dangerously and fashionable males in stylish collared shirts. You have been warned.
As promised, here’s some footage I captured from my recent stint moonlighting as a director on a motorbike with the GoPro Hero HD. Seventy eight separate clips and over two hours worth of HD rushes edited down into three minutes and twenty one seconds of something that I hope you’ll find mildly amusing. In case you’re wondering, the song is “Black Rice” by Canadian band Women.