APEX: The Story of the Hypercar is set to debut on NBC Sports this Thursday, March 17th at 11:00pm ET, immediately following Free Practice 1 of the Australian Grand Prix.
As the supervising producer for APEX: the Story of the Hypercar, my focus was to keep the team organized and to maintain forward progress. The majority of editing was done during four-week long edit sessions in which the entire team would stay under one roof and work on the film. I quickly realized that there were only a few essentials needed to keep the team going: food, beer, & post-it notes. Since we had one master file, we had to work on the project in shifts. To make the most of our week, we had about 3 - 4 shifts lasting 6-8 hours each. During these shifts, each editor would have specific chapters and specific tasks that they would focus on. We found post-it notes to be essential to our organization and creative process. At the end of each shift, we’d leave a post-it note on the screen to notify the next editor the latest version of the project file. Post-its also came into play when figuring out the overall structure and flow of the movie. We’d regularly look at the structure to see how we transition and connect one chapter to the next.
Written by Kathy Gaccione, Supervising Producer, as part of our weekly behind the scenes look into how APEX: The Story of the Hypercar was produced.
Come March 29th, APEX: The Story of the Hypercar, will be available for purchase on iTunes. Pre-Order the film now by clicking here.
Initial iTunes purchases are limited to the following countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Gambia, Grenada, Ireland, Mauritius, Federated States of Micronesia, Namibia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States, British Virgin Islands, Botswana, Fiji, Hong Kong, Malta, Philippines, Swaziland, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
Our goal is to have global distribution with multiple languages by May 2016. Google Play and Amazon distribution will be announced shortly.
The official movie poster of APEX: The Story of the Hypercar. News on the film release date and distribution will be announced later this week. Photo taken by GF Williams.
The premiere in Los Angeles was an unbelievable experience; We were able to fill the theater you see above with our closest friends and industry leaders. But we still haven't answered the most commonly asked question: When will the film be released?
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NEW YORK (October 28, 2015) – The production team behind the groundbreaking YouTube channel /DRIVE announces the world premiere of APEX: The Story of the Hypercar, a feature-length documentary film exploring the high-stakes, boundary-shattering world of the fastest and most technologically advanced production cars on the planet. APEX: The Story of the Hypercar will have its premiere, presented by Forza Motorsport, on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at the ArcLight Theater in Los Angeles.
APEX: The Story of the Hypercar chronicles the efforts of passionate hypercar builders who are pushing the limits of technology to reach higher speeds, create more radical designs and capture the attention, and cash, of the world’s wealthiest car enthusiasts. But standing in the way of ultimate bragging rights is the fate of a perilous and highly criticized speed competition.
Filmed with Sony CineAlta cameras in 4K resolution, APEX follows global brands like Bugatti, Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche as they face off against “lone wolf” characters like Christian Von Koenigsegg and Horacio Pagani, independent players whose namesake vehicles have raised the hypercar stakes, while attracting buyers from around the world. APEX also captures the democratizing effect of video games, making these wildly exotic, exorbitantly priced sports cars accessible to casual enthusiasts and – despite reports to the contrary – sparking the imagination of a new generation of car fans. The film also explores how technologies developed for hypercars can “trickle down” to improve conventional automobiles.
The APEX premiere, presented by Forza Motorsport, will feature a panel discussion with J.F. Musial (Director, APEX), Christian Schnedler (Producer, APEX), Christian von Koenigsegg (founder of Koenigsegg Cars), Dan Greenawalt (Turn 10 Studios, Xbox), Mike Spinelli (/DRIVE), among others.
A reception before the showing will take place in the ArcLight Theater parking lot. Xbox will supply Forza Motorsport 6 gaming stations to allow attendees to virtually test-drive some of the hypercars featured in APEX. Sony 4K televisions will provide the latest in display technology for the most compelling imagery of these amazing inventions.
General theatrical release of APEX is planned for early December 2015, with online distribution activated via Sony's SmartTV (4K) and iTunes (HD) on or around December 15th.
Theater Location: ArcLight Hollywood: 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
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Day 34 of Editing APEX: The Story of the Hypercar. It's been a long process, but we're in the final stages of edit for the documentary. Here's what I can tell you: We're aiming for an 88 minute total run time for the film. Sixteen chapters taking viewers around the world from Texas to Abu Dhabi. We suspect that within the next 4-5 days we'll be at picture lock of the film, with 2-3 weeks of color and sound design. I'm happy to announce that by November the film will be complete. - JF
This week, the management group overseeing Germany’s Nürburgring Nordschleife moved to ban manufacturers from attempting and publishing timed laps on the famed, 13-mile course. For car enthusiasts who judge modern sports cars by how quickly they can round the circuit, it’s an unthinkable, if not wholly unexpected, turn of events.
For Christian Von Koenigsegg, it’s even more disappointing; the news comes just days before he was to spend a week at the circuit with the new Koenigsegg One:1 hypercar in hopes of setting a lap record. It’s part of Koenigsegg’s three-year plan to establish the One:1 as the fastest production car in the world.
It was early Tuesday morning when I received an urgent phone call from Christian. In two days, I was to jump on a plane with my team to capture the Koenigsegg lap-time effort for our upcoming 4K documentary, APEX, which we’re producing in conjunction with Sony. This is the final chapter in a storyline that follows the past three years of auto manufacturers battling it out for technological dominance in producing halo cars for the next decade, cars including the Porsche 918, McLaren P1, and Ferrari LaFerrari. All have shown what they’re worth on the track, but the Koenigsegg One:1 has yet to do so.
Now we have a new story to tell: The Nürburgring benchmark of sports-car superiority has come to a screeching halt, and the Koenigsegg One:1’s place on the leaderboard is in jeopardy. We’d been on stand-by to fly across the Atlantic (on moments’ notice) to capture Koenigsegg’s attempt. This time, helicopter crews were ready to go, logistics were sorted, and travel was booked. The sudden notification from Nürburgring management couldn’t have come at a more inopportune moment for everyone.
The decision to ban timed laps stems from an accident earlier this year at a VLN race, involving driver Jann Mardenborough, in which a spectator was killed. Track management reacted by imposing a speed limit at Flugplatz, where the crash occurred. Since then, management has imposed further restrictions in other high-speed sectors. This is a particularly disappointing development for Koenigsegg, since the One:1’s flat-out speed in those sectors would likely have given it a lap-time advantage. In Tiergarten, for instance, a long, fast section where Christian estimates the One:1 could easily hit 300 kph, speed is now restricted to just 200 kph.
Official word from Nurburgring management is that these restrictions will be reviewed at the end of the year, but for the time being, manufacturers like Koenigsegg are banned from attempting lap-time runs — even if they’ve rented out the entire track for themselves. The Koenigsegg team and the One:1 are now stuck in a holding pattern. They have a car that’s ready to attack the northern loop. Their simulations and data suggest they’ve got a good chance to best their competitors. Even Koenigsegg’s past track data suggests their best segment times, when stitched together, would undercut the Porsche 918’s official 6:57 time by double-digit seconds.
But there’s a twist to the story. After the initial restrictions were in place, Lamborghini ran its new Aventador SV and published a sub-seven-minute lap time. Nürburgring management claims Lamborghini’s attempt happened one day before they issued the latest round of restrictions. Yet at the same time, WTCC laps have been allowed to ignore all speed limits all together? What’s the deal? We’re investigating.
So what’s next for Koenigsegg and our film, APEX? The helicopter crews are ready, the One:1 is ready, but we don’t have anywhere to run the car.
Is there a new benchmark to be set? Should nearby Spa Francorchamps, another long, high-speed track with motorsports provenance, become the new venue for lap time tests? Maybe a stateside circuit like the four-mile West Grand course at VIR would fit the bill? What about setting an endurance record? Let the Reddit car forums march with their keyboards and pitchforks.
Author: J.F. Musial
Special Thanks to Robb Holland and Mike Spinelli for details and help writing this article.
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The front three-quarter detail of a McLaren P1 at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The APEX Project just passed it's first birthday. Originally conceived in a Dubai hotel conference room, the project has had over 33 shoot days. We've traveled across the world to produce this film: Sweden, Italy, England, Germany, UAE, Canada, and of course, the United States. Shooting in 4k for 33 days eats away at our storage infrastructure, but the end result will be worth it. For those who are curious, we have redundancy for a project of this size, with 24TB RAIDs in New York, Los Angeles, and Toronto.