The man and his museum
Trailer for THE MAN AND HIS MUSEUM
Completed filming earlier this year the documentary short ‘THE MAN AND HIS MUSEUM’ a film by Nor Hazlin Nor Salam. This is currently circulating the Film Festivals and is also about to go to DVD for Sale in The Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum later this year, hopefully in time for Christmas 2015.
We have interviews with Sammy Miller MBE and of course lots of footage of mouth watering road motorcycles from the earliest examples to some of the iconic motorcyles from the 60’s, 70’s, and the 80’s. And of course racing motorcycles including the Moto Guzzi V8.
People are the core to this short film, people from all walks of life sharing a common love for all things motorcycling.
Motorcycle Journals Official Selection for Documentary category, Oniros Film Awards 2017
Motorcycle Journals Documentary – to watch, enter the password supplied or alternatively email us your request to view online using the contact form at the bottom of this page.
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.
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”.
Charles Coleman is a young and enthusiastic film editor based in Brighton but has links with London having previously studied at Greenwich University. Charles studied Digital Television and Interactive media; where he learnt sound design and special effects. He worked as a security officer for 3 years whilst supporting his studies working at events such as Wimbledon, The Olympics, Paralympics, The O2 Arena and the Oval Cricket Ground. Working at these venues meant he got to observe how live events were run or recorded for editing later. Earlier in 2009 Charles had the opportunity to work at the first ever Doha Tribeca Film Festival as a volunteer, not only observing films and helping out but also experiencing a different culture.
Charles moved to Bournemouth in 2013 to study his Masters in Post Production Editing. This is where he edited a film called ‘Muscle Memory’ which was directed by Nor Hazlin. This film has been nominated for the creative response category in the Imperial War Museum film festival, London. Amongst some of Charles’ Previous Project with Smudgerhunt Film, a cooking show web-series, called ‘A Taste of Rasa Sayang’. ‘Motorcycle Journals: Sammy Miller’ edition is Charles second collaboration with Smudgerhunt Films.
Charles specialises in various editing suite, which includes Avid Media Composer, Adobe Suite, After effects as well as Speed grade.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ewan Michael Riley is a film editor currently based in Bournemouth who has roots in both Scotland and the north of England. Despite specialising as an editor, Ewan’s skills and experience cover a wide range of audio and visual production. He studied sound and music production first at Manchester City College, then at degree level in the University of West London. He performed as a solo songwriter first in London then Edinburgh, which he combined with working as a freelance sound engineer.
Ewan moved to Bournemouth in 2012 to complete a multimedia course which he passed with distinction. He then studied Masters in Post Production Editing at Bournemouth University. As well as film editing, Ewan has tried his hand at other areas of film production such as scriptwriting, cinematography, and directing. In 2013 he won first prize in a major competition highlighting womens’ identity for ‘What I See’, a film that he directed. His first experience of working with Smudgerhunt founders Ian F Hunt and Nor Hazlin Nor Salam was on the documentary short ‘White Lining’, which was praised by renowned documentarian Paul Watson. He is currently working on the Smudgerhunt documentary ‘Motorcycle Journals.’
When not working on films or music, Ewan relaxes by flying power kites, practicing juggling and other circus skills, and long distance running. He is currently training for Brighton Marathon 2015 to raise money for Parkinsons’ UK.
Our latest and most ambitious film project, Motorcycle Journals a Documentary Film, is being filmed across multiple locations across Dorset and Hampshire.
We have filmed some of the most iconic bikes produced in the last 100 years, from racers to custom motorcycles.
Discovering along the way the culture that goes with motorcycle ownership, talking to bikers about their relationship with their bikes and how their lives revolve around this unique and in many cases passion for everything motorcycle.
The documentary is still in the filming stage and we hope to wrap in the next few weeks in time for inclusion into the important film festivals.
Watch this space for more details and a new trailer which we soon upload here.