Thumpertalk member Mark McMillan sporting a cool new jersey
Congrats to Mark McMillan on the cool new Motomission Peru jersey! Mark submitted his opinion on our latest Never Ride Alone film contest and he was picked as the winner. Thanks to all of those that sent in their opinions and votes for the official movie poster. Here is the poster with the most votes!
THE WINNING POSTER
The Never Ride Alone film is moving forward toward the finish line. I am excited as ever to finally see this thing on a big screen. The final touches are being completed and this thing should be ready to hit the film festival circuit. Make sure to stay connected via the official Never Ride Alone film page on Facebook. Also, I will continue to post information and distribution dates on this blog as it comes available.
Below is a self interview about the film. My hope is that you can gain a bit of insight into whats to come on the screen. Hope you enjoy. Also, make sure to watch the official trailer if you want to see what the film might be like.
THE OFFICIAL NEVER RIDE ALONE FILM TRAILER
What motivated me to make this movie?
Originally, the idea was to take a group of guys( and dear friends) that raced in the 2007 Baja 1000 and do a ten year reunion ride from the Amazon Jungle, from one side of the Andes to the other, and reach the beach of the Pacific Ocean on the western coast of Peru. For various reasons, that project had to be postponed. The current Never Ride Alone project is actually the backup project that was mostly filmed during the time that was set aside for the original project.
I love making film. It started back when I was in grade school decades ago. I had a media class where we experimented with video equipment and I just got hooked. I also love to tell stories. What better way to match up my passions for film, storytelling, exploring, and dirtbike riding?
A COMMON BACKDROP IN THE ANDES OF PERU
How long have you been working on this project?
It began with an idea about three years ago. From there, the dream never stopped. It sure brought out the naysayers. When you dream big, it draws negativity like a magnet. I had to decide if I wanted to listen to it or make my dream a reality. I am still up to my neck in this thing.
ANOTHER PERFECT TRAIL
What have you learned along the process of making the film?
Most of all, I learned about Scott Englund. It was like a gym. Each day I would work out to make myself stronger, faster, and better. Not just in physical strength, but in mental endurance, technical riding ability, filmmaking, and problem solving. When you watch the film, there is a profound theme that follows a "never give up" attitude that one must have to reach a goal. There have been hundreds of valid reasons to give up. The value of finishing the project is more than throwing in the towel.
Why is Peru the stage for the film?
I live here. I ride these mountains daily. I know what a treasure and privilege it is to do what I do. I am like a kid that just received the coolest present for Christmas and has nobody with whom to share. Of the hundreds of thousands of hard core dirtbikers in the world, only a fraction ever have the opportunity to ride in these mountains. I love showing off my back yard to other riders. I am hoping that you come and ride with me some day. It's perfectly beautiful. Don't get me wrong, there are other beautiful places in the world, but this is as exotic as it gets. Millions of acres to myself. Its hard to wrap your mind around, but literally millions of acres without another dirtbike out there. They don't make rules to keep dirtbikes out. They would have to make the law just for me.
The trails are endless. I have hundreds of routes that I have yet to tackle. No way in my lifetime will be able to explore each one. There are hundreds of trails that have never seen the tires of a dirtbike. When you put the landscape and the mystique of the Andes together with trails that dirtbikers can only dream about, you get a perfect stage for a film.
What's the theme of the movie?
The perfect movie stage
It's a solo project. I chose to build a film without the help of a crew to see if it was possible. I carried all the equipment in my pockets and backpack, I set up each shot, rode through many of them, and edited and developed the story along the way. My goal was to create a visually pleasing film that would trick the viewer into thinking that there was a crew that helped in the process, but it was just me(with the exception of a few parts outside of my riding story).
It's a dirtbiking film. The riding is real... no stunt people, no special effects, just me and my bike. However the story is universal. It's about choosing and challenging oneself with an impossible journey, preparing to tackle it, and then stacking up a bunch of obstacles on top of the impossible just to push myself even further. My goal is to show an ordinary dude in a real life dirtbike story facing eminent failure, but giving 100% anyways. If I can motivate one person to think differently and go a bit further without giving up, then the film was a success. I also wanted to create a film that makes you want to ride. I am pretty sure this will do it.
MY TRAINING GROUND
When will the film be ready for purchase by the general public?
I am currently finishing up the final editing touches in order to be ready to enter a number of film festivals. Generally, films become available for distribution at the end of the festival circuit. There are a number of variables in the mix. If it is well received by the festival world, then the distribution will have a much wider spread. That is my hope.
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Big things to come,
Scott Englund and his family run a high end dirtbike adventure operation in Cusco, Peru called MotoMission Peru. They operate the business as a social enterprise and donate 100% of the profits from the business to support local social projects in the Cusco area. Check it out at www.MotoMissionperu.com.