Motorsport event filmed with a 1960s camera is one of the best things online
Nick Shirrell is an American automotive videographer based in the state of Indiana. But this film maker does things a little differently to most of his peers. In fact, to set himself apart, he uses a vintage 1968 Canon 1218 Super8 camera giving his films a unique feel to them.
Not too long ago, he attended the Gridlife Midwest event at the Gingerman Raceway in Michigan alongside his racing team, For The Sake Of Racing. As ever, Shirrell created a great video about the goings on both on and off the track. In fact, not only do the pictures look great but Nick has also blended them with music and commentary that work perfectly with the vintage theme.
The narrator’s voice fits perfectly with the video, especially when commentating on the race. This kind of video really shows the diversity and different set of skills that features on the internet. In fact, I really like how Nick – or Film Grain and Octane on Instagram – is trying to make a niche for himself as it shows true ingenuity.
When I asked Nick about his unique style, he said, "I stumbled across Super8 as a format when looking at analog photography online and decided it would be awesome to film a road trip in a classic car with to give it a timeless look." He continued, "I decided to steer away from what most people do with them (dub in some hipstery acoustic guitar song) and looked through hours of old racing footage to find audio from the same period as the camera. When I got the footage from the track day back, I was happy to learn my gamble had paid off. When I overlaid the audio and started piecing together the shots, I knew immediately that it was going to turn out awesome and that I would have to keep making these films."
All I can say is, I'm very happy that Nick will continue to make these amazing videos. What do you think of this talented guy's work?