Monday, September 19, 2011

Royal Enfield's looks win it a part in a movie

Green screen background will be filled in by computers.
The starlet who gets "discovered" at a soda fountain is a Hollywood legend. That is sort of how Leigh Murphy's Royal Enfield Bullet ended up being filmed for a movie recently.

Leigh, an artist and Florida resident, owns a 2005 retro-look Bullet she has nicknamed "Absinthe." Leigh wrote to tell me how it won a cameo role in a film:

"I rode Absinthe up to meet a friend in a local coffee shop and the guy next to us asks if that's my bike. When I said yes, he asked if I would allow him to put it in an upcoming film shoot.

"At first I thought it was just another cheesy come-on but I gave him my card anyway. Much to my surprise his executive producer called and confirmed the day and gave me more details.

Note computer monitors and, in background, a fan to add "wind."
"Fortunately it didn't involve wild high-speed chases, just a deliciously cool movie studio and something fun to watch on a hot afternoon.

"The Hollywood thing is fun but it comes in second to the real life adventures of riding Absinthe."

Leigh does not know much about the movie itself.

"The working title is 'Big Break,' but they have to find another one since that one is copyrighted already. Yes, that's a green screen since the bike is supposed to be a stand in for a steampunk version of a time machine. The psychedelic effects will be computer generated and added later. Think cool funky Tardis. I have no idea when or if it will be released."

Royal Enfield Bullet is the center of attention.
How does she like all the attention her Bullet brings?

"I'm definitely still enjoying it, much to the dismay of some folks around here. I accepted an invitation from a local Ducati group to go to a bike night gathering — once. Not long after riders of assorted marques started to really crowd the place, the Duc riders were resenting how passers-by would walk around their fancy machines to zero in on mine to gawk and take photos. I haven't heard from them since."

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