Run Baby Run - The David Brodie Motorsport Documentary
Run Baby Run - The David Brodie Motorsport Documentary
Run Baby Run is a feature length documentary film about Racing Driver David Brodie and his legendary 1968 Mk1 Ford Escort Run Baby Run
Run Baby Run is a feature length documentary film about Racing Driver David Brodie and his legendary 1968 Mk1 Ford Escort Run Baby Run Read more
About this project
Run Baby Run - The David Brodie Story:
Run Baby Run is a documentary film about David Brodie and his legendary 1968 Mk1 Ford Escort “Run Baby Run”.
In 2014, while undergoing treatment for leukemia, David re-discovered Run Baby Run, minus the engine which had been sold back in the 1970’s. He decided to bring it back to life, mirroring his own struggles at that time, restoring the body and re-engineering it, making it fit to race again. This documentary sets out to tell the story of David Brodie, his fight against leukemia and the restoration and re-engineering of Run Baby Run.
David Brodie’s motor racing career started when he entered his modified Austin A35 into a club race at Silverstone in 1963. Brodie won that race and the die was cast; a career of racing and modifying cars followed. David quickly realised that a big, powerful, reliable engine was the best way to win against the big boys and their powerful, mostly American, V8s. After a brief spell racing a Ford Anglia with a 2.0 litre twin cam Lotus engine that he called “Big Nellie”, Brodie set about creating the ultimate modified sports saloon using the recently introduced Mk1 Ford Escort as a chassis. That car was “Run Baby Run”.
Powered by a specially-modified 2.1 litre BDA engine, Run Baby Run is reputed to have won over 200 races between 1969 and 1972. Brodie and his Mk1 Escort were frequent stars on the race tracks of Britain and also on ITV’s popular weekend sports programme World of Sport. After the 1972 season, Run Baby Run was laid up in a barn, where it stayed for around 40 years. David Brodie continued racing, both as an independent, and as a works-supported driver for the likes of Ford and Mitsubishi.
The Story so Far
To date we have been filming the restoration of Run Baby Run in our spare time with the whole team volunteering their time for research, filming, traveling and documenting. What started as an interesting project that was being fitted in around other commitments, has become a major production. We are looking to raise the money to complete filming the restoration and the interviews, ready for editing.
We have already interviewed three long-time friends of David Brodie; Williams F1 team founder, Frank Williams, racing driver and engineer, William Hewland, and 1965 British Touring Car champion, Roy Pierpoint. This is just scratching the surface of all the people that David's life has touched, and only starts to tell the fascinating story of the legendary Brode, the everyman of British car racing. What it has shown us is the warmth, affection and genuine love that people who experienced The Brode, have for the man.
More on the rewards
The T-shirts and other merchandise are all made from high-quality materials. The tees for example are screen printed on a high quality Gildan T-Shirt.
Why are we using kickstarter?
This is a story that we believe needs to be told in the right way. The story is so full of life and colour (with large dashes of glamour and adventure), that, although we could go to broadcasters and raise the funds that way, the danger would be that we could end up with a film that was not the film we want to make; we want to make the film that does justice to the man and the machine.
We are asking for £30,000 which will enable us to finish filming the restoration and re-engineering of Run Baby Run to a very high standard, as well as filming more of the countless people that have known and been influenced by Brode and Run Baby Run.
More specifically, the money will be used for legal costs, broadcast shooting of the restoration and of all the interviews, travel and expenses, research and mass back-up of the footage in secure duplicated hard disks.
We appreciate all the help that is given, and have based the campaign on the minimum required to finish the filming. Should we be fortunate enough to raise more then the target, the extra funds will be directed into the post production process, which will include the edit, score, colour grade, rights, archive footage and additional legal costs.
Your generosity will help make Run Baby Run - The David Brodie Story become as real as the legend himself.
Martyn Chalk (Producer/Director):
Martyn has produced and directed a huge array of commercial, artistic and corporate projects. His background before film directing was in sales and marketing, arming Martyn with all the tools needed to make an interesting and commercially viable documentary.
Barrie Chalk (Producer/Director):
Barrie is a passionate motor sports and classic car enthusiast who has produced a number of projects for ChalkStar Films. His background in the motor industry will prove invaluable in the technical aspects of the film.
James Quale (Director of Photography):
James has lensed a wide variety of music videos, corporate projects and narrative films. Before stepping behind the camera full-time, he learned the ropes as a floor runner in the BBC's drama department, gathering all the knowledge he could about the craft of film production. His keen eye for turning the more grayscale of corporate subjects into interesting set-pieces, puts him in a great position to produce some truly cinematic images.
Justin Gibson (Sound/Sound Design/Score)
Justin is a musician, actor, sound recordist and filmmaker. He learned his skills in the field where he pursues his dual passion for film and music. Also the step son of David, giving him the perfect insight for the perfect score.
Simon Porritt (Research):
Simon has been script writing and editing for 15 years. He has worked in television production at LWT (Jonathan Dimbleby, Dispatches and The Southbank Show), in the planning department of the advertising agency WCRS (part of The Engine Group) on brands including Mini, 118118 and BMW.
Steve Hay (research):
Steve is a journalist, presenter and actor. He has 30 years' experience of journalism and has written on and researched for a wide variety of projects and subjects, including books on Genesis and The Beatles, ornithology, sport and the remanufacturing of inkjet and toner cartridges.
Giorgio Podaras: (Research)
George has been researching motor sport for this documentary and attending current racing events, including Brands Hatch, Goodwood and Thruxton. Using his networking skills, George has been spreading the word about the project. He has been responsible for contacting racing veterans, successful engineering companies and celebrities associated with Dave Brodie. With background expertise in sound engineering and music technology, George originally joined the company as an audio consultant but drifted towards a journalistic route through his enthusiasm and determination.
More on the rewards
The T-shirts and other merchandise are all made from high-quality materials, the designs will be finalised in the week beginning April 13.
Risks and challenges
As with all projects there are risks involved.
We would like to spend as much time with David as possible. We are delighted that David has had such a good recovery, but we have to be aware of his health throughout the process.
There is always the risk that the film will not be picked up. Under these circumstances, we would look to self-distribute.
We realise that we have set ourselves an immense challenge, but we have the facilities, connections and network to help us through all of the stages of the production. As a production company we are constantly filming, editing and completing projects. As Run Baby Run is a low budget film, we may encounter delays due to commercial projects taking precedence at times, however, the more money we raise, the more time we can dedicate entirely to this project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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