Super-slow motion provided, once again, by yours truly!
Super-slow motion provided, once again, by yours truly!
Super-slow motion footage courtesy of yours truly!
Round 4 of the Formula Drift series at Wall Speedway in New Jersey is not only one of the most exciting events, but also one filled with a lot of CARnage. Lucky for us, Wall Speedway is the home track for the Speedlounge crew, and so collaborating with them was a breeze. Brian Chin of Speedlounge.com teamed us up with aspiring automotive film maker, Daniel Olivares (TT Productions), resulting in some sweet, cinematic shots!
It’s no secret that Southern Worthersee – otherwise known as SoWo – is one of the biggest and most exciting VW/Audi shows in the country. People come from literally all over the world to show their cars and have a good time with old friends. With the show being on it’s 10th year now, the Lowered Congress and Tuning Works crews knew they had to bring it.
Watch the four episodes here:
Mike Koziel of MikeK Media is arguably one of the best up-and-coming automotive cinematographers on the east coast. We’ve been following his work for a few years now and have always wanted to find a way to work together. The opportunity finally arrived at the east coast’s automotive show season opener: March Madness.
Mike moved across the country and funds were low so sending footage to one another was a hassle. Because of this and other complications, time became the enemy. But with perseverance and the help of Alex Roberts with VFX, the video was finished and came out better than we expected.
I’ll let the video do the rest of the talking.
Camera: Mike Koziel, Jared Auslander
Edit and Narration: Jared Auslander
Color: Mike Koziel
VFX: Alex Roberts
Thievery Corporation- Fragments
I was recently hired by Shoot First Media and The Hoonigan crew to film the latest webisode of Tuerck’d: Game of Drift and the general craziness that goes along with being around the Hoonigans. To say it was a blast would be an understatement because we weren’t simply filming drifting, we were filming professional drifter Ryan Tuerck and Formula Drift Champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. doing insane tricks in super-slow motion! Here’s a behind-the-scenes look of what went down.
I arrived at Englishtown Raceway and parked the rental car since my car was in the shop. After walking around the pits for a few minutes, I realized that everyone was still on the track. I hopped back in the car and drove on the track where they were shooting. As I approached, I wasn’t sure if I’d be in the shot or not. I rolled the window down and checked in with Jake, the producer for Network A, who told me to park and build the camera before the crew broke for lunch.
From there it was one surprise after the other. First, I found out that Brian Scotto, Creative Director at Hoonigan Industries, and the crew were all on set. The team was filming a separate video with Chris Forsberg and all his drift cars on a separate part of the road course. Some say that Scotto is Ken Block’s right-hand man, so to have the chance to work with him as well was really an honor.
It only got better because I found out shortly after that I’d be filming with Keep Drifting Fun co-founder and automotive film making idol Josh Herron. Ordinarily this wouldn’t be a big deal, but I’ve followed both his and Will Roegge’s work for years and have been a big fan of nearly everything the two have done. Now that I knew that I’d be working with him, my excitement level rose significantly.
During our downtime, I had a lot of opportunities to chat with Herron. Aside from our passion for automotive filmmaking, we spent a decent amount of time talking about the “Newer Guys” and how DSLRs have really changed the game.
It is no secret that these cameras have completely changed how films and even some television shows are made, but the impact they’ve had in the motorsports and automotive industries has been huge as well. Now any aspiring filmmaker/automotive enthusiast can affordably pick up a DSLR, shoot a promotional or event video for little-to-no compensation and call him or herself a filmmaker. They can color grade with free software from DaVinci and, if they haven’t purchased (or somehow downloaded) Final Cut Pro or Premiere, can edit quickly using iMovie.
With that being said, it was really great to be on a professional set where the track was reserved just for us and were actually working with a shot list. We all had plenty of time to goof of and joke around, but when it came time to shoot, we were working. Best part of all, I had the opportunity to apply many of the skills I’ve learned working in the commercial world to the shoot.
There is no question that the advent of social media has changed the world. Not only can a person share their lives with their immediate and distant friends, but in a far larger scale, it has become an effective marketing tool that companies use to promote their products and services.
Unfortunately, it can also be an avenue for broadcasting horrific tragedies like the one-car accident on the Southern State Parkway in early October 2012 that killed four young teens. It was through Facebook that I learned of these deaths and, needless to say, I was shocked. How could such a thing happen?!
In any other situation, I would have read the updates and details of the story from fellow automotive enthusiasts statuses and moved on. But there was something that prevented me from doing so. No, it wasn’t the fact that the teens were in a brand new 2012 Subaru WRX STI…It was the fact that, a man by the name of Tesh – Founder and “Commander in Chief” of Lowered Congress – was literally grieving to the world. For the first time in my life, I saw and felt another’s pain through a social media outlet.
The Lowered Congress was founded on the principles of safe driving. With that said, it wasn’t just the crash that upset Tesh, it was the fact that the message he has been trying to send to the automotive community appeared to be “Falling on deaf ears,” (which, ironically is the name of the song that opens the short film). Showcasing images of “Low and Slow” vehicles in the Metropolitan and Tri-State Areas can only go so far…or so he thought.
From all of this, I decided it was my responsibility to use my creative skills to help Tesh and Lowered Congress get these messages across more effectively. The result is The Fallen Four: A short documentary that I directed, shot, animated and edited on The Richmond Hill Candlelight Vigil. As you’ll see, the film features interviewes from family members and community representatives including Tesh.
Please take 10 minutes of your time and watch this film in HD.
(all photos courtesy of JLiu Photography: http://www.facebook.com/JeffreyLiuphotography)