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.
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Created: May 08, 2009 - 10:35
  • Shutter: 0.0015625
  • ISO: 400
  • Aperture: 3.5
  • Focal Length: 28
Justice to the Bridge with Film
This shows the shear effort it took to get those 16mm film shots of the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Created: May 08, 2009 - 10:33
  • Shutter: 0.0015625
  • ISO: 400
  • Aperture: 3.5
  • Focal Length: 28
Cornering
Just before a slippery corner with a combined weight of over 400 pounds
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Created: May 08, 2009 - 10:33
  • Shutter: 0.0015625
  • ISO: 400
  • Aperture: 3.5
  • Focal Length: 28
Trust
I trust Benny like gravity and his ideas are unorthodox and brilliant
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Created: May 08, 2009 - 10:01
  • Shutter: 0.0025
  • ISO: 200
  • Aperture: 3.5
  • Focal Length: 28
Eindhoven – The Netherlands
Time Lapse video of a peaceful and idyllic campsite setup
  • Camera: NIKON D300
  • Created: July 26, 2008 - 09:17
  • Shutter: 0.002
  • ISO: 320
  • Aperture: 11
  • Focal Length: 10.5
Unspeakable Beauty
I don’t know of a place so peaceful on this earth as underwater.
  • Camera: NIKON D300
  • Created: September 25, 2008 - 07:14
  • Shutter: 0.004
  • ISO: 320
  • Aperture: 8
  • Focal Length: 14
Prisoner
This is my parents’ waterfront studio that I locked Benny in until we finished this film.
  • Camera: DMC-FZ50
  • Created: July 13, 2011 - 20:47
  • Shutter: 0.033333333333333
  • ISO: 200
  • Aperture: 3.2
  • Focal Length: 12.1
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
  • Camera: NIKON D200
  • Created: August 04, 2007 - 11:48
  • Shutter: 0.0055555555555556
  • ISO: 100
  • Aperture: 7.1
  • Focal Length: 28
Underwater Filming
Anavyssos Greece 2009. We shot the underwater footage on the Panasonic HVX 200. This weighed over 40 pounds out of the water.
  • Camera: NIKON D300
  • Created: September 25, 2008 - 10:52
  • Shutter: 0.004
  • ISO: 320
  • Aperture: 8
  • Focal Length: 14
Kyoto to Tokyo Shortcut
We decide to take a tunnel under a small town and meet up with the beach
  • Camera: Canon PowerShot G10
  • Created: September 18, 2009 - 00:08
  • Shutter: 0.25
  • ISO: 400
  • Aperture: 2.8
  • Focal Length: 6.785
Great Crew
CMWC 2007 Dublin Ireland. One of the camera crew from Dublin
  • Camera: NIKON D200
  • Created: August 05, 2007 - 14:53
  • Shutter: 0.05
  • ISO: 100
  • Aperture: 4.5
  • Focal Length: 44
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
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Created: May 08, 2009 - 10:15
  • Shutter: 0.005
  • ISO: 200
  • Aperture: 5.6
  • Focal Length: 95
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
  • Camera: NIKON D300
  • Created: May 20, 2010 - 15:53
  • Shutter: 0.016666666666667
  • ISO: 200
  • Aperture: 3.5
  • Focal Length: 18
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
  • Camera: NIKON D300
  • Created: December 18, 2010 - 17:35
  • Shutter: 0.016666666666667
  • ISO: 200
  • Aperture: 5
  • Focal Length: 18
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
  • Camera: QSS-32_33
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
  • Camera: QSS-32_33
Helmet Camera Go
Craig and John feverishly work to craft a custom helmet camera minutes before the race
  • Camera: Canon PowerShot S70
  • Created: February 17, 2007 - 12:46
  • Shutter: 0.016666666666667
  • Aperture: 2.8
  • Focal Length: 5.8125
Editing 14hrs
How Benny could sand and edit for so long was beyond me – and then ride very fast during our infrequent breaks
  • Camera: DROID2 GLOBAL 4bdc0021ffd800000a3a74d20c00d01b
  • Created: July 02, 2011 - 17:52
  • Shutter: 0.016667
  • ISO: 146
  • Aperture: 2.8
  • Focal Length: 4
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
  • Camera: Finecam SL400R
  • Created: May 24, 2005 - 01:44
  • Shutter: 0.011111111111111
  • ISO: 100
  • Aperture: 2.8
  • Focal Length: 5.8
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.
  • Camera: NIKON D300
  • Created: February 12, 2010 - 18:26
  • Shutter: 0.005
  • ISO: 200
  • Aperture: 7.1
  • Focal Length: 26
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
  • Camera: C730UZ
  • Created: April 22, 2002 - 23:32
  • Shutter: 0.033333333333333
  • ISO: 200
  • Aperture: 4
  • Focal Length: 5.9
Guatemala
Chillin at a heavily guarded mansion in Guatemala. I love a place with no fucking tourists
  • Camera:
  • Created: September 11, 2010 - 19:28
  • Shutter: 0.0055555555555556
  • ISO: 50
  • Aperture: 3.5
  • Focal Length: 6.6
Tupperware & Duct Tape 2000
The “Tuperware & Duct Tape Method” was my very favorite along with the bulletproof Canon Elura 20MC
  • Camera: C730UZ
  • Created: November 30, -0001 - 00:00
  • Shutter: 0.025
  • ISO: 64
  • Aperture: 5
  • Focal Length: 5.9
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
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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.
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Created: May 08, 2009 - 10:35
  • Shutter: 0.0015625
  • ISO: 400
  • Aperture: 3.5
  • Focal Length: 28
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
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Created: May 08, 2009 - 10:33
  • Shutter: 0.0015625
  • ISO: 400
  • Aperture: 3.5
  • Focal Length: 28
Cornering
Cornering
Just before a slippery corner with a combined weight of over 400 pounds
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Created: May 08, 2009 - 10:33
  • Shutter: 0.0015625
  • ISO: 400
  • Aperture: 3.5
  • Focal Length: 28
Trust
Trust
I trust Benny like gravity and his ideas are unorthodox and brilliant
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Created: May 08, 2009 - 10:01
  • Shutter: 0.0025
  • ISO: 200
  • Aperture: 3.5
  • Focal Length: 28
Eindhoven – The Netherlands
Eindhoven – The Netherlands
Time Lapse video of a peaceful and idyllic campsite setup
  • Camera: NIKON D300
  • Created: July 26, 2008 - 09:17
  • Shutter: 0.002
  • ISO: 320
  • Aperture: 11
  • Focal Length: 10.5
Unspeakable Beauty
Unspeakable Beauty
I don’t know of a place so peaceful on this earth as underwater.
  • Camera: NIKON D300
  • Created: September 25, 2008 - 07:14
  • Shutter: 0.004
  • ISO: 320
  • Aperture: 8
  • Focal Length: 14
Prisoner
Prisoner
This is my parents’ waterfront studio that I locked Benny in until we finished this film.
  • Camera: DMC-FZ50
  • Created: July 13, 2011 - 20:47
  • Shutter: 0.033333333333333
  • ISO: 200
  • Aperture: 3.2
  • Focal Length: 12.1
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
  • Camera: NIKON D200
  • Created: August 04, 2007 - 11:48
  • Shutter: 0.0055555555555556
  • ISO: 100
  • Aperture: 7.1
  • Focal Length: 28