Summer Fog & Rain
Lots of camera equipment in drizzle which is worse than rain! Benny’s 16mm Bolex was actually better off than my new Sony cams.
Justice to the Bridge with Film
This shows the shear effort it took to get those 16mm film shots of the Brooklyn Bridge
Cornering
Just before a slippery corner with a combined weight of over 400 pounds
Trust
I trust Benny like gravity and his ideas are unorthodox and brilliant
Eindhoven – The Netherlands
Time Lapse video of a peaceful and idyllic campsite setup
Unspeakable Beauty
I don’t know of a place so peaceful on this earth as underwater.
Prisoner
This is my parents’ waterfront studio that I locked Benny in until we finished this film.
Dublin Ireland
CMWC 2007 Dublin Ireland. I wanted to film the grass blowing and waving in the wind on the course so I needed a larger camera for this. Rigging this huge camera to my head was super fun and painful
Underwater Filming
Anavyssos Greece 2009. We shot the underwater footage on the Panasonic HVX 200. This weighed over 40 pounds out of the water.
Kyoto to Tokyo Shortcut
We decide to take a tunnel under a small town and meet up with the beach
Great Crew
CMWC 2007 Dublin Ireland. One of the camera crew from Dublin
16mm and 24p digital
Benny and Zoe – 16mm and 24p digital. The contrast of camera equipment filming methods did justice to the Brooklyn Bridge and our riding
Consequence of the Vienna to Budapest Ride
This is what my bike looked like after our ride from Vienna to Budapest. A small group of us took a detour and held a competition on who could ride the furthest into the mud. The shower is my very favorite place to clean a bike
Agony
“I like a look of agony, because I know it’s true” – Emily Dickinson This happened because my handlebar bolt broke – no more double bolts ever, quadruple is the only safe solution
Guatemala Press Conference
I met with the Vice President of Guatemala Dr. José Rafael Espada. We got permission to do a lot of things for the movie we never would’ve been able to without his assistance. Solomόn Garcia
Tokyo Crime Scene
These markings were done by Benny Zenga in Final Cut Pro to add that trippy tunnel transition effect during the film
Uzi Kicks
Serge shooting at me with an Uzi felt more real than an angry driver chasing me John Baker
Helmet Camera Go
Craig and John feverishly work to craft a custom helmet camera minutes before the race
Editing 14hrs
How Benny could sand and edit for so long was beyond me – and then ride very fast during our infrequent breaks
Filming in the river in Guat
This was the only way to capture the beauty of this raging river during a storm in Guatemala. This is the main river that flows into Lake Atitlan.
Mongolian at The Great Wall
This farmer changed my flat before I even had a chance to – I’ve never seen this done so fast
Futura 2000
Futura and I in Antigua Guatemala. He was there for CMWC 2010 and kept taking pictures very different angles than anybody I’ve ever met His titles for my film rocked
Chito
Chito – a friend and inspiration at a local food market in rural Guatemala. But this picture also captures Central America in many ways.
Dark Days 2000
This was just starting out before youtube or anything – who would’ve thought it would take me 10+ years to make the film
Guatemala
Chillin at a heavily guarded mansion in Guatemala. I love a place with no fucking tourists
Tupperware & Duct Tape 2000
The “Tuperware & Duct Tape Method” was my very favorite along with the bulletproof Canon Elura 20MC
My MiniDV Tapes
This is my collection of MiniDV tapes I’ve recorded on over the years. Some of these tapes have literally disintegrated so I’m lucky to have all of these tapes on hard drive. Lucas Brunelle
show sidebar & content

Making Of

Trailer | Synopsis | Making Of | Video Stills | Credits

In December of 2009, Brendt Barbur and I decided it was time to put together the best video shot from my helmet cam into a feature-length film. We knew it was going to be a long, hard process getting ten years of wild races boiled down into a movie that really captured the essence of alleycat culture, so we turned to Benny Zenga for direction. Benny’s the best I know at editing film to music, but he also has a real gift for storytelling. When we began, I didn’t understand just how important that gift was going to be.

Everyone who’s seen my footage has been thrilled with the action – bike messengers racing through traffic – but most don’t know how to put that footage into context. The riders, the race organizers, and even the man behind the camera are all part of a greater community of messengers (and each have their own story to tell).

As Benny sifted through ten years of my footage, he began to uncover the threads of these stories: the personalities of the riders, the trips we’ve taken around the world, the friendships and the rivalries. Where I had just seen adrenalin-fueled fun, Benny clearly saw the story of the alleycat racers in all its complexity. To tell that story to the public, though, he had some ideas that I wasn’t initially happy with.

I had always envisioned this film exclusively featuring my high speed racing footage, so when Benny wanted to film some additional shots I was very hesitant. After seeing the 16mm footage of the Brooklyn Bridge and Guatemala, I was glad I let him convince me! Taking a break from the action for a few minutes gives an amazing sense of the locations we raced in, and adds a new dimension to the film.

Finally in the summer of 2011, Benny came to Martha’s Vineyard where we locked ourselves in my parents’ oil painting studio on the water and didn’t leave until it was done. We had more than our fair share of yelling matches over editing choices, but in the end we had an amazing film we both loved. Watching through the final cut, I was struck by the fact that my film now truly told the story of my journey in the world of alleycat races – a story I didn’t even realize was there the entire decade I was living it.

We hit some speed bumps releasing the film, as well. We’d hoped for a Spring 2011 release at one point, then after our editing spree at Martha’s Vineyard we aimed for Christmas of 2011, but a few last minute touches still needed attention before it was ready to go.

Line of Sight took ten years to film, and three years to produce, but the end result is a transformative experience audiences won’t soon forget.

Summer Fog & Rain
Summer Fog & Rain
Lots of camera equipment in drizzle which is worse than rain! Benny’s 16mm Bolex was actually better off than my new Sony cams.
Justice to the Bridge with Film
Justice to the Bridge with Film
This shows the shear effort it took to get those 16mm film shots of the Brooklyn Bridge
Cornering
Cornering
Just before a slippery corner with a combined weight of over 400 pounds
Trust
Trust
I trust Benny like gravity and his ideas are unorthodox and brilliant
Eindhoven – The Netherlands
Eindhoven – The Netherlands
Time Lapse video of a peaceful and idyllic campsite setup
Unspeakable Beauty
Unspeakable Beauty
I don’t know of a place so peaceful on this earth as underwater.
Prisoner
Prisoner
This is my parents’ waterfront studio that I locked Benny in until we finished this film.
Dublin Ireland
Dublin Ireland
CMWC 2007 Dublin Ireland. I wanted to film the grass blowing and waving in the wind on the course so I needed a larger camera for this. Rigging this huge camera to my head was super fun and painful
Underwater Filming
Underwater Filming
Anavyssos Greece 2009. We shot the underwater footage on the Panasonic HVX 200. This weighed over 40 pounds out of the water.
Kyoto to Tokyo Shortcut
Kyoto to Tokyo Shortcut
We decide to take a tunnel under a small town and meet up with the beach
Great Crew
Great Crew
CMWC 2007 Dublin Ireland. One of the camera crew from Dublin
16mm and 24p digital
16mm and 24p digital
Benny and Zoe – 16mm and 24p digital. The contrast of camera equipment filming methods did justice to the Brooklyn Bridge and our riding
Consequence of the Vienna to Budapest Ride
Consequence of the Vienna to Budapest Ride
This is what my bike looked like after our ride from Vienna to Budapest. A small group of us took a detour and held a competition on who could ride the furthest into the mud. The shower is my very favorite place to clean a bike
Agony
Agony
“I like a look of agony, because I know it’s true” – Emily Dickinson This happened because my handlebar bolt broke – no more double bolts ever, quadruple is the only safe solution
Guatemala Press Conference
Guatemala Press Conference
I met with the Vice President of Guatemala Dr. José Rafael Espada. We got permission to do a lot of things for the movie we never would’ve been able to without his assistance. Solomόn Garcia
Tokyo Crime Scene
Tokyo Crime Scene
These markings were done by Benny Zenga in Final Cut Pro to add that trippy tunnel transition effect during the film
Uzi Kicks
Uzi Kicks
Serge shooting at me with an Uzi felt more real than an angry driver chasing me John Baker
Helmet Camera Go
Helmet Camera Go
Craig and John feverishly work to craft a custom helmet camera minutes before the race
Editing 14hrs
Editing 14hrs
How Benny could sand and edit for so long was beyond me – and then ride very fast during our infrequent breaks
Filming in the river in Guat
Filming in the river in Guat
This was the only way to capture the beauty of this raging river during a storm in Guatemala. This is the main river that flows into Lake Atitlan.
Mongolian at The Great Wall
Mongolian at The Great Wall
This farmer changed my flat before I even had a chance to – I’ve never seen this done so fast
Futura 2000
Futura 2000
Futura and I in Antigua Guatemala. He was there for CMWC 2010 and kept taking pictures very different angles than anybody I’ve ever met His titles for my film rocked
Chito
Chito
Chito – a friend and inspiration at a local food market in rural Guatemala. But this picture also captures Central America in many ways.
Dark Days 2000
Dark Days 2000
This was just starting out before youtube or anything – who would’ve thought it would take me 10+ years to make the film
Guatemala
Guatemala
Chillin at a heavily guarded mansion in Guatemala. I love a place with no fucking tourists
Tupperware & Duct Tape 2000
Tupperware & Duct Tape 2000
The “Tuperware & Duct Tape Method” was my very favorite along with the bulletproof Canon Elura 20MC
My MiniDV Tapes
My MiniDV Tapes
This is my collection of MiniDV tapes I’ve recorded on over the years. Some of these tapes have literally disintegrated so I’m lucky to have all of these tapes on hard drive. Lucas Brunelle