Motorcycle Journals – Documentary

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Motorcycle Journals

Oniros Film Awards Official SelectionMotorcycle Journals Official Selection for Documentary category, Oniros Film Awards 2017

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Female Director provides a unique perspective on British Motorcycle Culture ‘True Stories of Bikers and their Machines’ In this short documentary we immerse the audience in the culture of the British Motorcyclist through interviews with enthusiastic motorcycle owners talking about British motorcycle culture and their machines. From the ordinary to the extraordinary we look at rare Italian racing bikes, the Ducati’s, the world of the customised Harley Davidson and the rarest in motorcycle history and the privately owned museum that collects them. But most importantly it is the culture that we investigate and the relationships between people and their machines.

Director’s Statement

I began the filming of Motorcycle journal with an aim to unravel the mysterious relationship between man and his machines from a thematic standpoint. The theme I wanted to draw out from the motorcycle world was the ironic relationship between man and his machine that supersedes the narcissistic value often attached to material attachments. To simply put, my ultimate goal from this film was to unravel the spiritual connection man have with their machines. Thus due to this, my goal was set on idealistic grounds that I believe would best suit a poetic reflexive mode of representation which perhaps can effectively contextualise and encapsulate my vision.

I made the decision to organise Motorcycle journals as an investigative endeavour, which would allow me to reflect and discover the stories behind the respondents and their motorcycles. I was also interested in the culture and the lifestyle they lead. Thus due to this notion, I decided to make Motorcycle Journals into an interview based reflexive mode of representation, driven by a thematic spine.

‘Motorcycle Journal’ was filmed in a span of four weeks and the stories developed in its own accord as I continued meeting inspiring personalities who clearly had a great passion for their machines. ‘Motorcycle Journal’ takes audiences into the journey of a custom bike engineer Nathan Haskel, Sam Woodfield an aspiring motorbike racer, Lu travers Sam’s mother and a motorcycle workshop manager and Gordon De la mere a luxury bike dealer. The story of these four characters is also supported by re-enacted events, as well as observational shots of them in their world. Focusing mostly on Nathan’s inspiring persona, the film provides an insightful take on Nathan’s passionate lifestyle and the story of an old bike he recently purchased from a deceased custom bike designer who never completed his machine.

The process of filmmaking clearly had an impact on me as a storyteller. I inevitably developed an emotional attachment towards the stories presented by my subjects. It was definitely a challenge to deconstruct and reconstruct my material without any prejudices. I was very moved by the very fact that there was more to the Motorcycle community than meets the eye. As one motorcycle aficionado once said to me “every motorcycle owner is just a mere caretaker, as the spirit of the machine will continue to live on from one man to another, because it is more than just a machine”

Motorcycle Journals – Official Trailer

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The premier of Motorcycle Journals and first screening will take place in just a few short weeks time. In the meantime please enjoy the official trailer for Motorcycle Journals the Documentary the first in a series of documentaries “True Stories of Bikers and their Machines’

We talk to motorcycle owners about their motorcycles their lifestyle and passion for everything motorcycling. From the owners of early motorcycles, motorcycle collections, the motorcycle museums and motorcycling memorabilia. There are contributions from the public and celebrated motorcycle sports personalities.

Everything takes place in England’s New Forest and the wonderful scenery of Dorset’s World Heritage coastline.

Indonesian Food with RASA Sayang and Yayu Slocock

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Indonesian Food with a Taste of Rasa Sayang and Yayu Slocock

Smudgerhunt Film’s first foray into filming a cooking program aimed for the broadcast/DVD markets  and also uploaded to the internet as a web series.

This was a multi-camera shoot with the main camera a Panasonic AF101 fitted with a Nikon 50mm lens and tripod mounted to provide general coverage, and the second camera a Canon 5D MKII fitted with a macro lens, the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, used handheld without the benefit of a shoulder rig to follow the cooking and preparation processes. We also used a small slider for dolly shots, tracking in and from side to side. Uniquely we use the slider to support the camera looking down onto the subject and used gravity to zoom onto the food dishes and ingredients positioned below.

We have produced five short films typically of 4 minutes duration,  with each  video concentrating on a single traditional Indonesian food. The eventual aim is to produce a comprehensive  range of videos to complement a series of 2 books of the Indonesian food recipes, these books can now be purchased from Amazon or directly from A Taste of RASA Sayang in Wimborne Dorset.

A Taste of RASA Sayang run a number of Indonesian Food cooking courses throughout the year from a large private Georgian dwelling based in Wimborne, Dorset. From the same location they also run art classes in watercolour painting, specialising in flowers and nature.

The Videos

Chicken Satay

Chicken Lemon Grass

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And finally the Indonesian Food Books

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Motorcycle Journals – Royal Enfield

Motorcycle Journals Royal Enfield

Royal Enfield

Motorcycle Journals - Richard Gray

Royal Enfield

This is the first short film produced for Motorcycle Journals and is the inspiration for the full length documentary, which we will soon be screening at Culture Motorcycles and submitting to Film Festivals.Motorcycle Journals Royal Enfield

This is the true story of Richard Gray and his Royal Enfield sidecar outfit. Richards passion for motorcycling despite the inevitable motorcycling accident, which unfortunately the majority of motorcyclists experience at some point.Motorcycle Journals Royal Enfield Helmet

His reasons for buying a new Royal Enfield rather than a classic to avoid fettling as he calls it yet his bike is customised with Bullets and other features associated with the Royal Enfield and the rifle of the same name.