The Vintagent Selects: A collection of our favorite films by artists around the world.

CATALINA GRAND PRIX: A LOVE STORY (2011)

Run Time: 18:05
A Film By: Toast
Cast: Rick Carmody & Elsie

FILM MAKERS

From an interview for the Motorcycle Film Festival (2013)

I always try to make film more sensory by using texture, motion and focus as layers. A film shouldn’t just be just a window that you look through, but light and shadow veils that you can move through… Kind of like the difference between driving a car past a dirt field with the windows rolled up versus being on a motorcycle- then you can smell that it’s actually a strawberry patch!

Rhythm is a valuable tool. Songs are for story telling. I do a lot of in-camera editing. Having a song in my head helps me keep a sense of pace. Cutting to music in the edit room is like collaborating with an old friend!

I enjoy Super 8 for it’s graininess. It’s also a small format that is portable. You know, hidden easily if you have to throw it in your backpack and take off on your bike! A lot of additional personality comes out of the images by altering the speed, double exposing or by making adjustments in the processing.

Hand-developing can be a great tool for the right project. The great thing about film is that there are so many steps along the way during which you can add flavor to the recipe!

SUMMARY

In December 2010, the Catalina Grand Prix was held on a California Island for the first time in over 50 years. Top motorcycle racers from around the world were invited to compete. Although road racer RICK CARMODY had never lined up to compete in motocross, he knew he wanted to participate in this historic event; ideally on a vintage bike. He got the chance when he met ELSIE, a 1974 Honda Elsinore CR125M. Together they took on the challenge: destined for either Glory or Heartbreak…

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Toastacia “Toast” Boyd


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