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Category: Video / Film Blog
Well, I ventured out the other day to fly my DJI drone. It lost connection with my controller, hit a tree, and fell 75 feet to the ground. Fortunately, the only things that broke were the four propellers, which are easily replaceable. Believe me, flying a drone is not for the faint of heart! Continue reading “”
Tracy Chapman broke the airwaves in April 1988 with this song and others on her self-titled album. Singles from the record, like “Fast Car” and “Baby Can I Hold You” are still relevant today. The CD, or better yet, the record or the elusive 12″ single discs, are audiophile grade music. Check it out. Continue reading “”
1917 & 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. Continue reading “”
“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. Continue reading “”
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. Continue reading “”
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. Continue reading “”
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.
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. Continue reading “”
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. Continue reading “”
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. Continue reading “”
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”. Continue reading “”
FORD V. 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. Continue reading “”
HANDLE ME WITH CARE
On this day in 1941 – Bob Dylan (Robert Zimmerman) was born. Dylan went on to release over 40 albums and was a major influence on The Beatles and so many others.
His impact on popular music is incalculable. His hits included the 1965 single ‘Like A Rolling Stone’, probably the ultimate single ever released. 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. Continue reading “”
It is a great 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. Continue reading “”
MORE FIM WORK AHEAD
With 2019 shaping up to be another great year, I’m putting together a new demo reel for 2020. Stay tuned.