Lights, camera, rally!


Lights, camera, rally!

Observer writer

Friday, July 12, 2019

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WITH members of the motorsports fraternity in attendance, Barrington Andre Williams, managing director of Cordiaja Marketing Multimedia Ltd, premiered his docu-film This Is Rally at JoJo's Jerk Pit in St Andrew, last Sunday.

“This entire thing started out small. It was just supposed to be some small clips, highlights of the event, but personally I've never experienced rally the way I did in Trinidad,” Williams told the Jamaica Observer's weekly Auto magazine.

The one-hour production follows the trials and tribulations of three of the Jamaican rally crews, Timothy Stewart and co-driver Stephen Gunter; Joel Jackson and co-driver Dimitri Dawkins; Lee Vaz and co-driver Andrew Graham, on Rally Trinidad in April.

“Basically, I was there with them from the start to the end, there with them in the garage, there with them feeling everything that they felt, the struggle, the pain, all the hard work that they put in that nobody knows goes into rally, and I chose this opportunity to make it clear that rallying is not just about the pretty and pizazz of the track and the stages. It's about the hard work that goes in behind the scenes and this is what this film is about,” said Williams.

Williams' journey began in 2018 when he impressed Vaz with his video from Rally Jamaica. He then found sponsorship from the three teams featured in the film to shadow them for Rally Trinidad 2019. Once flown to Trinidad, he began his one-man show, shooting all the video with his Sony a7s II camera and a DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone, with additional on-board footage from the cars.

“This film took two months to edit. It's a compilation of 286 gigabytes of 4K video footage,” he said.

Williams said that the goal of the final film is to promote the sport of rallying. It won't be placed on the traditional online video sites, but will reside on his company's website.

“Rallying is such a beautiful motorsport and the thing is a lot of people assume that, oh, it's only for the rich, but really and truly there are a lot of talented people who don't have the funding to drive a rally car. So what I want this to do is to showcase all that happens within rallying, so a lot more people who are fortunate enough to fund a sport or a driver, come forward, support someone who doesn't have it all and put them in a vehicle and see their potential, their talent, so that everyone can have equal opportunity to rally,” he explained.

The film received plenty of praise from the audience as well as the teams which participated in the rally.

“We haven't had this sort of coverage of any motorsports event in a very long time,” said Jackson.

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