We recently had a chat with Malte Rosenfeld of Secondskin Works to discuss his film for the Muff Customs XR 600 build.
The film was shown at BikeShed 2015 and went down a storm! Check out what Malte had to say about the project.

Malte Rosenfeld – Director of Photography
“I met Josh – the owner of Muff Customs on the opening night of the Muff cafe & workshop in Hackney Wick in London. Over the following months I dropped by for coffee until eventually taking a camera with me. 

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I have always been fascinated by mechanics, especially motorbikes so Josh and I agreed that it would be great to make a little piece about the craft and creative side of custom bike building. So over a few months I came by the workshop whenever I had time. In the end the footage in the film is from a few days, concentrating on the build of the XR600 – a beautiful bike. 

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Custom bikes is such a creative process. Especially what Josh does, simplifying and reducing the bike to clean lines and making them mechanically even more robust. He gets completely immersed in the process.
I was looking for a way to show the texture of the workshop in a way that portrays the builder and the bike becoming one within the space. I decided to use old Russian Lomo lenses and some optical filters to blend and distort the space within the workshop to show a sense of unity. The film was shot on Red Epic, which was the perfect combination with old glass, giving ability to shoot high speed when needed and being very lightweight and small. Most of the shoot was quite simple – just me and a camera capturing things as they were happening. The most fascinating days were the engine rebuild day and final tweaks the following week to get the engine running smoothly – getting the heart to beat. 

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The film was eventually completed working together with Mika Rosenfeld, who helped to put it all together. Music was composed by Simone Salvatici. It’s been really great and there is more in the pipeline.” 

Director: Joan & Dan
Director of photography: Malte Rosenfeld
Music: Simone Salvatici
Editor: Joan & Dan
Produced by:  secondskin works
Creative Director: Mika Rosenfeld

Watch the film below