This past April we had the pleasure of meeting a world-record-breaking-daredevil-wall-of-death-rider and now author Pit Lengner and his lovely wife Esther.
We were approached by the lovely folks at the Motorcyclepedia Museum in Newburgh, NY, to come in and create a Mini-Doc based on the Legend “Kamikaze Pit” as he is known in Germany. Pit and Esther have brought their smaller Wall of Death to be joined with their larger one here at the Museum where they will be in permanent display for years to come. It was the very first time Pit and Esther had seen their two walls completely built side-to-side, and it was great capturing those moments.
Pit Lengner has earned many World Records in his illustrious career, and many of them involve his own creations, mini-motorcycles, the smallest one measuring a mere 4 cm, and not only did he build it, he was able to ride it!
The scope of this project was very large because we wanted to make sure we captured all the important moments throughout the week. The first one was capturing the Wall coming of the truck and being built for the last time. We set up a GoPro Hero 2 camera on the ceiling to create a Time-lapse, while at the same time capturing the action on the ground with our D7000.
The second portion of the project was capturing the event over the weekend while hundreds of fans came to watch the show take place, and in some instances, even becoming part of the show. We used the Canon 7D in order to shoot some of the scenes inside the WOD at 60fps, and even though we never used the slow motion shot on the piece, we wanted to have that option. We also used our HMC150 to capture some reactions from the crowd and to get extra coverage.
Finally, we had to shoot the interview on Pit’s last day before returning to Germany, and even though his English is “not that great” as he claims, Pit did a great job at sharing some very interesting and touching moments about his fantastic career and his hopes for the future. This was show on both the Canon 7D and Nikon D7000, you figure out which one was which ;)
Overall, this was a great project to be a part of and we feel honored that Pit and Esther allowed us to to tell their stories and preserve it for the future generations at the Museum and throughout the world.