7.29.2011

DUCATI ISLAND PART 1



Flew to Monterey last week to film a couple videos up at the MotoGP race.



After Pikes Peak, Ducati and The ID Agency hit us up and asked if we wanted to come film some stuff up at Laguna Seca raceway. We agreed, of course. Then I came home from the meeting and Matt and I googled MotoGP related stuff for awhile to figure out exactly what we'd signed up for.


Landed in San Jose - nice airport by the way - and Yelp found us this legit deli called Freshly Baked Eatery. Line out the door, cash only, sort of reminded me of a soup-nazi-like situation. Awesome sandwiches.

This painting is from the foyer outside the deli - love the style and colors. Yelp failed us a couple days later, by the way, when we ended up at this wack Thai place - so it's sort of hit or miss.



Thursday we scouted the location at the racetrack and did pre-production planning type stuff. Checked into the room - Hyatt Regency - really legit. Huge room really came in handy when we were working and editing late at night.


This photo doesn't quite do it justice but this mirror with frosted glass edges and recessed lighting on all 4 sides was amazing - my favorite part of the room by far. (That's a Phillip Bloom Pocket Dolly that we rented leaning on the sink. Matt was in the midst of disassembling it at this moment because that's the type of stuff he does with expensive equipment that doesn't belong to us).




Jessica Hall, from Playboy Radio and a million other things, hosted the video we filmed. She was cool to work with. Handled all the interviews like a pro and kept things fun. She's chatting here with our boy Arrick from Ducati.




Our new BFF, DJ Hapa. Not only is this guy super sick but he's also going to teach me how to spin. For real.


Our boys from Pikes Peak, Carlin and Alexander, chilling with the Ducati President and CEO.




Sometimes you've just have to break out the self timer.



On Saturday we got to shoot an appearance by the Ducati riders Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi.



Really cool environment to be in the middle of. Crowd was going insane. Rossi is a 9-time World Champion and does not usually make appearances like this. He's also consistently one of the Top 10 highest paid athletes in the world. No big deal.


Enjoyed shooting Nicky Hayden - this guy reminds me so much of Jason Williams (the white one) from the NBA. Nicky is straight from Kentucky and has a really unique charisma. Peep the blinged out Ducati belt buckle. Almost tempted to grab one of those for myself. Or maybe for Matthew.

Anyway, more from MotoGP to come. Stay tuned.

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