#dodge #carchase #beamng
I have loved making 1970s Hollywood-style car chase videos since the days of the original “Driver” on Playstation 1. Now, here is my most recent and advanced one made in the game BeamNG Drive. This is a fun short film following the getaway driver of a Gavril Gladiator, which is the name given in the game to the Dodge Coronet to avoid copyright issues. The action is inspired by the car chases of 60s and 70s movies, mostly in a general sense and in a few cases directly. I have referenced several classic car chase (or other) movies in this. How many can you spot? A list will be below.
I wrote and recorded an original song specifically for this film. You can listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdW1WxQvol8&lc=z23rwhwzyr3hf1ss2acdp433f0yxyfzeixsmjvju3adw03c010c
Additionally, I used the copyright-free song “October,” created by 95TurboSol: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohWqzAPLBNk
Just a heads up, I made a “spiritual sequel” to this. The link is at the end of the video or can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pUIAyWMR9Y&t=755s
-The Gavril Gladiator is a re-badged Dodge Coronet. The white Coronet here is a reference to the white Challenger in “Vanishing Point” (1971).
-Also as in Vanishing Point, the main character is an anti-hero who meets his end on the road in a fiery crash.
-Vanishing Point was remade as a TV movie on Fox in 1997 starring Viggo Mortensen. In that version, a local sheriff chases the Challenger with his own personal Dodge Charger, saying that only a Mopar can catch another Mopar. Like here, that Charger also crashes and rolls over and over before ending on its roof.
-The hill jumps section is a reference to the classic chase scene from “Bullitt” (1968).
-The Mach 1 Mustang parked on the side of the road is a small nod to the original Eleanor from “Gone in 60 Seconds” (1974), though I regret not making it yellow.
-In the original Gone in 60 Seconds, the climactic jump scene is played in slow motion, then pauses, and is replayed at regular speed to show how quickly it actually happened.
-In “The Wild Bunch” (1969), director Sam Peckinpah intercuts extreme slow motion shots with full speed shots of other action, highlighting the chaos of a scene where many things happen simultaneously.
-It’s sort of implied that my Coronet driver is a hired getaway driver, unaffiliated with the actual robber. This is a reference to “The Driver” (1978), where a getaway driver works for hire. Though a flop at the time, this movie would later directly influence the 1999 video game “Driver,” as well as more recent movies like “Drive,” “Baby Driver,” and the Transporter series.