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Sweet Lou's Serious Drifting Adventure featured on Jalopnik!

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Sweet Lou's Serious Drifting Adventure featured on Jalopnik!

I had a silly idea for a drifting video and I knew Louis "Sweet Lou" Sofia would be just person to go along with my plan.

The idea: I wanted to make a drift video that made fun of all the sports videos out there that make the talent and the sport seem like the coolest thing in the world - complete with some M83 song because Red Bull made that a thing when they released "Art of Flight" in 2011.

Don't get me wrong, it's an amazing movie, but it started a trend for sport videos everywhere. I.e. you had to have a serious interview in the beginning, you needed to use slow-mo at some point, you had to have cool graphics, and you definitely needed to use some cool electronic-inspirational music as your soundtrack.

So what did I do? I asked Sweet Lou to give me a serious interview about his beat up, tin-can drift car. Then I got some sweet B-Roll (you have to make these videos look pretty) and lastly, I got Sweet Lou drifting on the track at Englishtown Raceway park. 

I didn't end up using any slow-mo footage, but I certainly gave myself the option. Suck it, Red Bull.

Finally, I was in post and the real magic happened in the editing room. I sent Sweet Lou clips from his runs on the track and asked him to make the car sounds vocally. Coupled with his serious interview about his car --"a built bottom end and turbo and stuff" -- and M83's infamous song, "Outro", my video turned into a goddamn masterpiece. 

Raphael Orlove, writer/curator at Jalopnik, shared my video to the world of online car enthusiasts and I couldn't be happier with the response Sweet Lou and I received: "Drifting Is Serious Business"

Cheers you nerds!! Go watch my video!! 




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Club Loose Slay Ride: Merry Christmas!

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Club Loose Slay Ride: Merry Christmas!

Between trying to stay warm and filming some videos for this years "Slay Ride" -- an annual holiday drift event hosted by Club Loose, I had time to party. Here are a couple shots of me with my Club Loose family taken by Mike Spock Media.

From all of us at Club Loose, Merry Christmas ya filthy animal!!

We have more fun than you do
— Club Loose

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More Club Loose Kids

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More Club Loose Kids

More often than not, I'm reminded that the drivers, photographers and workers who run Club Loose events are my family.

I guess I have a pretty crazy family then.

I could probably take more photos of actual drifting, but these guys are super photogenic and it's hard not to snap photos of them just because.

I'm working on a really funny drift videos, so keep an eye out for that in the future. It will definitely shed some life on the culture at Englishtown Raceway Park.

Shot on 35mm Kodak Film

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Please Don't Drink And Drive Golf Carts

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Please Don't Drink And Drive Golf Carts

The first videos I ever made were for the grassroots drifting organization Club Loose. My boyfriend, an engineer by weekday and photographer and driver by weekend, told me to make myself useful and start making drift videos. But at 17, I was a mopey little girl who was just at the track to support my boyfriend. At the time, there was NOTHING FUN about drifting and nothing fun about making lame videos.

But I made a video anyway and my boyfriend was just as surprised as I was when it actually turned out good.

That's when I discovered that I loved filmmaking and drifting (especially when I started filming from inside the car). 

Since I am currently knee deep in post production for another drift video as well as two other short narrative films (I swear, I will share them all soon!), here are a few photos I took on my Nikon FG.

This camera was the first film camera I ever used and it has taught me the fundamentals of shooting both still and video work.

A couple of these drivers and media guys will be in the new drift video, so remember their faces!

... Also, please don't drink and drive golf carts. 

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