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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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.
One of the many great responses we got from the recent poll on filtering was a link from a SoCal reader by the name of Brian Leahy. Turns out he had previously done some research on the subject and then made a short documentary as a school project. I just got through watching it and was really impressed with what I saw. Not only is it beautifully shot but it goes into some really nice detail about lane splitting while also touching on safety, clubs, cops, and even retro bikes. There’s also some silly sweet footage of garages and workshops thrown in for good measure. See what you think…