Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Royal Enfield movie has sights, sounds of the mountains

"The Highest Pass" takes place in India but some sounds were recorded in the U.S.
A Royal Enfield motorcycle wound through the mountains outside Los Angeles Monday to give movie makers a chance to capture the sound of its motor.

"We were out in Big Tujunga Canyon today with a new C5 Bullet," Royal Enfield Los Angeles posted on its Facebook page.

"They were recording the sounds for a new movie called 'The Highest Pass' about a tour in the mountains of India on Royal Enfields. The film was shot in India, but they just needed sound effects for some of the shots."

The movie's website says it's now complete and will premiere at film festivals this spring.

The plot: Adam learns that his Yogi guru, Anand — now 27 years old — lives with a prophesy that he will die in an accident at the age of 27. Yet he fearlessly rides his Royal Enfield motorcycle. When Anand invites Adam to join him on a motorcycle journey through India’s Himalayas, to the highest motorable road in the world, Adam faces the question: Is truly living worth dying for?

Writer/producer Adam Schomer and his teacher Anand Mehrotra apparently play themselves in the movie.

According to the press release, the riders pursue the highest passes of India and those within themselves. Temperatures go from 100 degrees to freezing through dirt, gravel, snow and ice and the onslaught of loaded trucks, known as “road killers,” as they climb 18,000-foot peaks. Focus is paramount, because death is everywhere. Yet, where there is death, there is life, the movie suggests.

Jon Fitzgerald, an experienced film festival director, is director/producer of "The Highest Pass."

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