Mark Neale is among our most favourite people on Earth and until they find life on other planets, we are sure that our list of "We Love that Guy' will be conveniently small and full of awesome motorcycle and motorcycling lovers. For our newer readers who have just started to fall into love with motorcycles and the world of motorcycling who may not be aware of who Mark Neale is, let us tell you about him and why he is among the most respected men in the eyes of our entire Bikeportal team.
Mark Neale, is a world famous Documentary maker based out of Los Angeles, California. The British film director has been a hugely respected music video director, where he has made videos for artists like, U2, Counting Crows and Paul Weller. Mark is known for his documentary No Maps for These Territories, that released in 1999 and profiled William Gibson, a famous Cyberpunk author. However, the reason we love Mark Neale is because of his undeniably strong passion for our favourite sport in the whole of universe, MotoGP. Mark has taken his love for the sport to greater heights with his documentaries on MotoGP, which all started back in 2003, when his first MotoGP documentary came out, it was written and directed by Neale himself and was called, 'Faster'.
Faster was narrated by none other than the famous British actor and an avid motorcycle lover, Ewan McGregor and it was a visual spectacle that was the first ever film on the sport that went inside MotoGP and brought to the world never seen before insight on the sport, the riders and the passion that runs through their veins and then yes, the incredible racing. Faster, was filmed around the world during the 2001 and 2002 seasons, and asked this question: How do you go faster than the rest, how do you win at this glamorous, dangerous game? It featured, extensively, Valentino Rossi and his bitter rival, Max Biaggi alongwith the brilliant but injury-prone Garry McCoy; and the rising teenage star John Hopkins. Tales told by a supporting cast include former world champions including Mick Doohan, Kevin Schwantz, Wayne Rainey, Kenny Roberts and Barry Sheene. Needless to say, Faster became an instant cult classic and Mark Neale became our hero.
In 2006 Mark Neale went one step further and brought to the world, the sequel of Faster which was titled, "The Doctor, the Tornado and the Kentucky Kid" where Mark Neale recorded the biggest motorcycle race in American history, the 2005 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca, California. In 2011, Mark followed with another Documentary titled "Charge, Zero Emissions/Maximum Speed" which was released in 2011 and the film featured the introduction of electric bike racing to the Isle of Man races.
In 2011 Mark Neale brought us his next installment from the incredible world of MotoGP, titled 'Fastest', the documentary travelled throughout the globe and covered the MotoGP seasons of 2010 and 2011 , it was directed by Mark and was again narrated by Ewan McGregor and was produced by Neale and award-winning producer Paul Taublieb, from Media X International, Inc. Fastest distils the thrilling, terrifying reality of the 2010 season into a maximum-speed, full-length documentary feature film. In true cinematic fashion, it highlights the thrills, spills and incredible commitment and courage the sports demands of its stars.
With unprecedented behind-the-scenes access at all sixteen races, which include Valentino Rossi facing the toughest challenge of his life whilst chasing his tenth world title: a wave of ferociously fast young riders and a horrific leg-shattering crash during practice for his home grand prix at Mugello. Rather astonishingly this caused Vale to miss his first GP ever, 14-years into his Grand Prix career to that point. Thought to be out for six-months, Rossi made his comeback just 41 days later, at the German grand prix, but the game has moved on already and there's one question on every rider's lips - even the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time) himself must have been wondering... Who's fastest now?
Now, Mark Neale is all ready to release his next installment of MotoGP documentaries and quite fittingly has named it 'Hitting the Apex' the movie which chronicles six riders: Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner, Marco Simoncelli, and Marc Marquez. The timeline of the movie begins from the time when Valentino Rossi is making his way from Yamaha to Ducati, and it takes us into the start of the 2015 season, and touches on the major events of those seasons. Neale as always provides a good balance between making MotoGP appealing to non-enthusiasts, while keeping plenty on the table for avid fans.
Below is the trailer for the upcoming MotoGP Documentary by Mark Neale and Narrated by Brad Pitt
So who all are Hitting the Apex......