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February 20th, 2020

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February 2nd, 2020

1917 AND FORD V FERRARI

Is Roger Deakins the best cinematographer working today?

Here are some stills from the movie 1917 that he shot with Sam Mendes directing. Mostly one-take in low-contrast light and period muted color, it covers a 24 hour period in 2 hours. I saw it in a L.A. movie theatre yesterday.

This film was reportedly shot with steady cam and the ARRI Alexa Mini LF, a full-frame yet very small camera, using a 35mm ARRI prime most of the time.

After seeing Ford v. Ferrari with Randy Leffingwell in the movie theatre recently, that film tops them all for my favorite motorsports movie of all time. Recommended!

February 1st, 2020

“THE HEIST” PORSCHE COMMERCIAL

Watch this TV commercial tomorrow during the big game, or sneak a peak at the uncut version today! Includes the latest GT3 and more classic Porsches in a “Fast & Furious” ad.

January 30th, 2020

ON THE BEACH

So what’s the best Neil Young album? For me, it has to be 1974′s On The Beach.

It encapsulates the NY ethos most succinctly, without calling attention to itself, plus it’s remained topical for decades. More

January 15th, 2020

Posted in Travel Blog, Uncategorized, Video / Film Blog by Randy Wells

ANDY IRONS

I’ve just seen what has to be one of the best documentaries ever made, especially when it comes to extreme sports and lifestyle. It’s the 2018 film Andy Irons: Kissed by God. More

January 3rd, 2020

FAREWELL VW BEETLE

January 1st, 2020

HAPPY NEW YEAR & 10th ANNIVERSARY!

Today, this blog celebrates its tenth year on the endless wire – pre-Instagram. Thanks to all for visiting this site and letting me share my life with you.

With an average of one new blog post every 5 days and an Instagram site now flourishing (@cars.randywells), it’s been an extremely satisfying last couple of years. It certainly helps me to keep writing!

Now, I just gotta keep up those New Year’s resolutions… Personally, I can’t wait for the 2020s.

(Photo: Motor Press Guild Best Film Award – March, 2019)
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November 20th, 2019

LEICA SL2

This camera I find very interesting. I’ve been shooting with a Leica since 1979, but switched my SLRs to Canon in the ’90s when Leica discontinued their R line. I have continued to use the Leica M and Q models for my personal work. More

October 25th, 2019

SAFARI 911 BUILDS

After completing features on Rothsport Racing’s Safari 911s in print and film, and seeing what they could do, I was convinced. This is the ultimate answer to an off-road Porsche. And it is. If you want to actually finish the Baja 500 or Mexican 1000. More

August 26th, 2019

LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO

This has to be one of the lamest song titles in all of pop culture. Completely anti-Gene Smith philosophy. The reality is, unless you are being forced with bodily harm, nobody makes you do anything. More

August 23rd, 2019

Posted in Photography Blog, Travel Blog, Video / Film Blog by Randy Wells

JOHNNY DEPP IS W. EUGENE SMITH IN MINIMATA

Filming has begun in Japan to portray one of the most inspiring photo essayists ever. W. Eugene Smith’s images in Life magazine are legendary for their powerful emotion and use of low key light. His 1948 series, “Country Doctor”, is now recognized as “the first extended editorial photo story”. More

June 19th, 2019

Posted in Racing / Auto Blog, Video / Film Blog by Randy Wells

FORD VS. FERRARI – OFFICIAL TRAILER

A movie based on the legendary Ford GT40 race car, which beat Ferrari at its own game, will premiere in November. Matt Damon stars as Caroll Shelby, the man who designed the GT40, and Christian Bale plays the role of Ken Miles, the British driver in the GT40 MkII that won Le Mans in 1966. Directed by James Mangold, it promises to be a good one.

May 24th, 2019

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog, Video / Film Blog by Randy Wells

THIS DAY IN MUSIC

1941 – On this day Bob Dylan (Robert Zimmerman) was born. Dylan went on to release over 40 albums and was a major influence on The Beatles. His biggest hits included the 1965 single ‘Like A Rolling Stone’. He won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature and twelve Grammy Awards. Here he is with George Harrison and the Traveling Wilburys playing one of my favorite songs. More

February 24th, 2019

ICARUS from HOTRODFILMS.COM on Vimeo.

ICARUS FILM WINS BEST OF THE YEAR MPG AWARD

It is was an honor to receive the national 2018 Best Feature Video of the Year award from the Motor Press Guild on Sunday night at The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

Thank you to Cameron Healy, Jeff Gamroth and Rothsport Racing for your faith in me, and to the MPG board for your vote of confidence. Special thanks to my editor John Jeffcoat and drone pilot Matthew Psyllos. More

February 1st, 2019

Posted in Photography Blog, Video / Film Blog by Randy Wells

MORE FIM WORK AHEAD

With 2019 shaping up to be another great year, I’m putting together a new demo reel. Stay tuned.

The Art of the Opening Shot from Filmnørdens Hjørne on Vimeo.

January 21st, 2019

AUTOMOTIVE JOURNALISM – THE REAL TRUTH

Well, one person’s version of it anyway. Which probably isn’t too far off. It’s tough out there! More