Luftgekühlt – Project LUFTAUTO


Director: Will Roegge
Director of Photography: Will Roegge
Client: Luftgekühlt

Luftgekühlt prepares for their 3rd annual event by building a 1985 Porsche Carrera rally car to auction off for the benefit of the Autumn Leaves Foundation. Highlighting the build and testing of this specialty Porsche.

The Porsche from the Winter of 53 – Director’s Cut

Sixty second cut down version of the original.

Jeff Zwart loves to race and drive Porsche automobiles. We had been plotting for all of the winter of 2013-2014 to do this film and the original version that I imagined was something like this video. However with the success of the Porsche Gmund video we did for Porsche Panorama magazine and Porsche YouTube – made us think about adding in the history of the 356. We did an interview and I found that it made the story more complete and helped to explain for the naysayers – why it was fitting to slide a 356 Pre A around in the snow.

The original longer form video:

A New Mountain to Climb – BBI Autosport at Pikes Peak

This year we produced two pieces at the PPIHC.

The second and longer documentary video follows BBI Autosport as they prepare Jeff Zwart’s 997 GT3 Cup Turbo – Hill Climb Special for the 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. BBI Autosport is based in Huntington Beach, California they specialize in Porsche and exotic car performance tuning.

In this 10 minute documentary I wanted to capture what made Betim Berisha’s story so special. It is his determination and commitment. Betim didn’t take an easy road to becoming a race engineer – he took on lots of risk and challenged himself. He left his life in Washington state and was homeless for a few months while trying to make a career in Southern California. It paid off when he eventually was hired by Porsche Motorsport North America. After a few years of building customer cars in his spare time, Betim started BBI Autosport and recruited talented friends to come work with him. Their commitment to doing things with passion and creativity caught the attention of Pikes Peak International Hill Climb champion Jeff Zwart who hired BBI to build his next Hill Climb race car.

We conducted interviews in Colorado Springs during the week of the hill climb as well as shot BBI’s facilities while they were prepping the car. Due to a fuel pump failure, we weren’t given the championship winning ending that looked certain during practice and qualifying – however that made the overall message more important. To me, that message is don’t quit. Keep pushing and taking opportunities. Passion will make you successful.

Director/Director of Photography: Will Roegge
Camera Operators: Joshua Herron, Will Roegge, and Skylar Smith
Motion Graphics by: Skylar Smith
Edited by: Will Roegge with additional help from Joshua Herron

Jeff Zwart – Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2014

2014 marks my fifth year covering the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and the fourth film I’ve done with Jeff Zwart. With the road being fully paved for the past 3 years now – I really wanted to emphasize speed in this year’s film. In 2013 we shot the film with a combination of cameras and this year we decided to produce the film in 4k UHD resolution. It looks great at maximum resolution, if you have a resolution and connection bandwidth I recommend changing the settings to 2k or 4k.

The Porsche from the Winter of 53

Commercial Director/Racer Jeff Zwart and I exchange photos our cars being pushed to the limit. Whether its drifting or Jeff rallying – its a fun exchange.

When Jeff sent me a video of his Porsche 356 Pre-A sliding through the snow in Colorado – I knew we had to make a film about it. It turns out, like many cars, there is a great story behind that 356. Jeff originally purchased it after searching for a rental 356 for a Porsche Cayenne commercial. When his search returned no good options, he decided to try and buy one instead. He had no intention of keeping the 356 long term, however the car grew on him and turned out to be fun to wheel.

Thanks to Jeff Zwart for being one to drive cars to their full potential and for sharing the desire to create things constantly.

From Storyboard to Final Frame

YouTube video Thumbnail Jeff Zwart Porsche 356 PRE A storyboard window Jeff Zwart Porsche 356 PRE A storyboard Slide Jeff Zwart Porsche 356 PRE A storyboard Corner Jeff Zwart Porsche 356 PRE A storyboard Scenic Jeff Zwart Porsche 356 PRE A storyboard Reveal Jeff Zwart Porsche 356 PRE A storyboard In-Car Jeff Zwart Porsche 356 PRE A storyboard Helicopter Overhead

Compare my storyboard frames on the left with their finished video frames on the right – taken from my short film: The Porsche from the Winter of 53.

Frame direction has been changed on some to accommodate the real locations and available conditions when I arrived in Colorado to shoot. Also worth noting the Barn Frame changed from my original script. I originally thought it would be interesting to have Jeff’s Cayenne in front of the 356 and the reveal being the 356 driving out from behind it. However, I decided to simplify the story and leave the Cayenne out all together focusing entirely on the 356.

Shot in Woody Creek, Colorado at the end of March, 2014. Using my RED Epic camera Zeiss Lenses and my DJI s1000 Octocopter with a 5D MIII.

Porsche – Gmund

Porsche – Gmünd, the Beginning.

When Porsche started out of a small village in Austria – they built the Gmünd.

Director/Director of Photography: Will Roegge
Editor: Will Roegge
Sound Recordist: Justin Gay

 
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