The late August New Jersey Sun does some crazy things to your sleep-deprived mind. As some of you may know I am avid motorcyclist. On occasion I will take my mechanized mount to the motorsports parks in the region and participate in a track day along with some like-minded individuals that also pump high octane through their veins. (Figuratively of course.)
Though I didn't bring my Honda to ride that weekend, I decided to come through anyway. Race Theory, a fledgling grassroots motorsports media consultation firm that I am involved with was going to be there. My assignment? To generate content. So what is Race Theory exactly? Contrary to what Google will tell you, in addition to Race Theory being a social science whose thesis is based upon society at large and culture with regards to race, law and power, the Race Theory in question that I am a part of is about, as Eleanor Roosevelt would put it, "Speed. Hot, nasty, badass speed." It's about going fast whether on 2 wheels or 4 and how to do it. Whether on a shoestring budget or well financed, the key component to that Speed isn't the equipment but the Operator. Our goal is to facilitate the sharing of how to acquire such speed through shared knowledge and experience so that the Operator can take what they learn and apply it to everyday life.
High Concept, sure. But how do I fit in to all of this? Time and time again, I've been told within my social circles I'm rather adept at using a camera. If I've been told over and over again, I've got no choice but to believe it. But that's besides the case. Cinematography is something I've always appreciated but never really bothered to try out. I watch movies and half the time in the back of my mind I'm absorbing much more than just the story being told. I'm also observing how it's being told as well. It never occurred to me that I have all the tools at my disposal to experiment with moving pictures. Armed with my Nikon D7000 and an old Manual Tokina zoom I decided to give it a go. With only a superficial knowledge of Premiere Elements and Audacity, I wanted to make a small glimpse of the sights and sounds of a track day. Here's what I came up with.
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