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    The story of my car in a movie...

    Long winded, but hopefully worth it...

    About two months ago I was put in contact with a movie producer. She was told I might be able to find what she was looking for. When she called, here's how it went:

    Me - "What did you need help finding?"
    "I need a 4dr 1971 Datsun 510, preferably light blue".
    "I think I can find that..."

    So after looking around for a volunteer, no one wanted to step up. I told her we could use mine (she didn't know what I drove), but we'd have to paint it. She was hip to that, so off we went. I prepped the car as best I could for the shoot...

    Before:
    http://datsun510.com/photopost/showp...14395&size=big

    After paint:
    http://datsun510.com/photopost/showp...14385&size=big

    On the set:
    http://datsun510.com/photopost/showp...14725&size=big

    So I got to downtown Houston last Friday night and got all the stuff put on the car they wanted, different mirrors, license plates, seat covers, etc.

    When I got to the first location they all jumped on it and cleaned it until it was nearly spotless. Cool, or so I thought...
    http://datsun510.com/photopost/showp...14766&size=big

    Then I noticed he's spraying dirty water over it after it was cleaned...
    http://datsun510.com/photopost/showp...14773&size=big

    Then he started spraying fake dust/dirt on it to make it look like it hadn't been washed in awhile. Kinda like when it arrived, huh? :P
    http://datsun510.com/photopost/showp...14773&size=big

    Then they added some fake clutter to my dash:
    http://datsun510.com/photopost/showp...14779&size=big

    The Assistant Director drove while the Director was in the back seat and the Director of Photography was in the passenger seat shooting. Bet they wished I had put A/C in it before the shoot...
    http://datsun510.com/photopost/showp...14785&size=big
    http://datsun510.com/photopost/showp...14787&size=big

    They drove it around for a few hours doing "point of view" footage, as in what the star would see while riding in the passenger seat while driving around downtown Houston. After that was over we moved the whole operation to the second location.

    At the second location I met the actress in the film who "owns" my car. While showing her a few things in the car so she could drive it she mentions "I have no idea how to drive a stick, never done it before". So, I spend the next 20 minutes teaching her how to drive a manual transmission car. Once she has the hang of it I turn her loose, scared but well insured. If you met her, you'd know why I didn't mind teaching her... :wink:
    http://datsun510.com/photopost/showp...14795&size=big

    They do some shooting of her and the "boyfriend" driving down the street, which after 7 takes they finally get. We wrap that location and move on. Then we move to a local Chinese restaurant where they are doing the final shot. Luckily, for this shot my car is just parked in front of the restaurant along with a few other "background" cars, while one drives by.
    http://datsun510.com/photopost/showp...14836&size=big
    http://datsun510.com/photopost/showp...14835&size=big

    After that we are done. It was definitely a fun experience I think everyone should try once, but I won't be rushing to do it any time soon. All told it was about two full days, with about 5 hours of actual work and 15-20 hours of standing around waiting.

    So we loaded up and head home, and 40 miles outside Houston we have a blow-out...
    http://datsun510.com/photopost/showp...14837&size=big

    Some new tires on the trailer and we were good to go. I saw it blow in the rear view mirror of the truck and a huge chunk shot straight up in the air and made a perfect arc over my car missing it by about 3 inches. :shock:

    Now she's safe at home and it's back to the regular job...
    http://datsun510.com/photopost/showp...14838&size=big

    If you want to see all 120+ photos I took, you can go through them here:
    http://datsun510.com/photopost/showgallery.php?cat=3520

    Some neat stuff there if you want to see the "behind the scenes" of the film being made.

    Here's a link to the IMDB page for the movie:
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1071812/

    I'll probably post up again when they announce a release date.
    :mrgreen:

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    Wow, that is motherf'in awesome!!! :shock:

    Congrats on getting your car into a movie and getting a paint job out of it . With that and the Snoop Dogg album cover, looks like the 510 is becoming quite the nostalgia-mobile.

    Is there any particular reason they were looking for a light blue 510? That's pretty specific!

    I'm gonna put this up on the blog and thanks for sharing the pics with us. :tu:

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    VERY cool story! I love the write-up w/ all the accompanying pics.

    Thanks for sharing =D

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    Nice work there DFreak! Great pics too!

    Hands up who else is now in luurrrve with the 'stickshift virgin' chicky babe :tu:

    The light blue LHD 510 used for the Australian leg of the filming will be at my place tomorrow night! I'm looking forward to going for drive and freaking out the locals in our RHD country 8)

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    cool,
    It is a good experiance, My car ws used in a TV episode a couple years back

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    Well done you :tu: :tu:

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    Quote Originally Posted by SX-510
    Nice work there DFreak! Great pics too!

    Hands up who else is now in luurrrve with the 'stickshift virgin' chicky babe :tu:

    The light blue LHD 510 used for the Australian leg of the filming will be at my place tomorrow night! I'm looking forward to going for drive and freaking out the locals in our RHD country 8)
    Cool, post some photos if you can!

    I've said it before, I'll say it again.
    http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/blog/20 ... -z-driver/

    "any nostalgic car, especially one in manual shift, has the power to make the woman driving it instantly ten times as hot." They should really take our advice and stop buying SUVs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ben
    Is there any particular reason they were looking for a light blue 510? That's pretty specific!
    In case you didn't know, this was based on a true story. I was told that's what the girl drove back then, so it was their first choice but I'm sure they had a back-up plan in place.

    Also, they had to find a group of LHD cars in Oz (since they filmed part of it there, part of it here) and this is one of the cars they found. FYI, the Oz stuff is supposed to be taking place in Houston.

    The two main characters are a male Chinese ballet dancer and his American girlfriend. The two "hero" cars of the movie were mine (driven by the girl) and a green Rabbit convertible (driven by the guy). All the other cars in the photos were used for background cars (since it's set in 1981).

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    Thats freakin awesome! I know I'm definitely going to see this movie just because this car is in it. :mrgreen:

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