As soon as the cameras started rolling we were transported more than 50 years back in time to the passionate world of a young motor racing enthusiast.
And so we've officially stepped into movie editing phase....where we start weaving together all the bits and pieces of many lives and timelines, brought to life with various interviews. Hours and hours of footage to be exact - it's going to be tough selecting the best of the best. One interview in particular that stands out is the one with the late mr Al Gibson...a fascinating person to meet. Mr Gibson was the mechanic who kept the Spyder in top form - known as the man who knew the ins and outs of the complex fourcam carrera motor powering the 550 Spyder. The stories he shared is fascinating and sometimes downright hilarious...what a privilege to have interviewed him. RIP oom Al.
Oom Mervyn Richards touched our hearts so much with his kind soul, that we wanted to bless him with something truly awesome. Here is what the team created for a canvas print....they do me proud. Well done team Smokejumpers.
When you meet the person - as in THE person that stands central to the story you're telling as a filmmaker - it's always incredibly special. You spend your days, weeks, months, sometimes years researching everything about the story you're telling, and somehow all of that is validated once you meet the person in real life. Words take shape and become a real living person. Nothing beats that feeling.
So when I met oom Mervyn, it was a really noteworthy moment. No longer a person on a yellowed history page, here he was shaking my hand. And he was just as I imagined him to be. The cautious, caring, soft spoken elder brother I found in between the lines of the screenplay....
I met a legend. And I feel privileged to be the one telling his story.