2020 Yokohama Sonora Rally

A true Dakar style adventure, this five-day navigation rally provides the ultimate challenge among competitors: demanding terrain, testing navigation and off-road racing skills. All of these while being immersed into the unique Sonoran culture and beautiful landscapes.

Adventuring into the Desert
2020 YOKOHAMA Sonora Rally

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When it comes to off-road racing, Sonora Rally is all about huge sand dunes, incredible landscapes, and a group of amazingly talented people. A one week experience all the way into the desert, tasting delicious traditional food, meeting people from all over the world and adventuring into a sort of Dakar style experience, only in the beautiful mexican state of Sonora instead.

Sonora Rally 2020 | Stage 01 | Hermosillo - Banamichi
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Sonora Rally 2020 | Stage 02 | Banamichi - Caborca
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Sonora Rally 2020 | Stage 03 | Caborca - Puerto Peñasco
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Sonora Rally 2020 | Stage 04 | Puerto Peñasco - San Luis R. C.
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Sonora Rally 2020 | Stage 05 | San Luis R.C
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Sonora Rally 2020- Winner Road To Dakar
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Getting in Context.

What is a film crew doing in the desert? Documenting of course. All of the exhilarating action that no one else gets to see, we film it. From the start to the finish line: high mountains, endless valleys, enormous sand dunes and the beautiful coast line. We also document the nitty gritty of the experience: the bivouacs installation, the making of incredible food and drinks and competitors getting together. It is truly a one of a kind event, and the people that come each year enjoy every minute of it, such as the Dakar champion Ricky Brabec and other competitors like Skyler Howes, Colton Udall, Mike Johnson and many more.

To know more or  even register visit sonorarally.com

PREPRODUCTION

Many weeks before the rally starts, we start planning. We study the route, the competitors, the itinerary, the way we are showing this to the world, choosing music, graphics and the entire identity of the rally.

Then, we designate the film crew that’s adventuring into the desert. 

We study the route, the competitors, the itinerary, the way we are showing this to the world, choosing music, graphics and the entire identity of the rally.

– Cinematographer Anel Alejandri
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7 people. 2 cars. 4 cameras. oh, and 1 helicopter.

PRODUCTION

A film crew of 7. 2 cars. 4 cameras. The team was divided strategically so we would be able to document everything. While one of us was recording the start lines, another two were already waiting in different parts of the route, and another one was up in the sky ready to shoot from the helicopter. Once the competition was done for the day, we were not done until the sun was down. We saw each other again at the bivouac, one of us started editing, another two were recording the experience and another one was filming interviews. The hustle doesn’t stop until the rally is completely over.
Big landscapes mean big views. We used wide lenses to capture the full image, and filmed a few close ups for the details.

Cinematography

Big landscapes imply big views. We used wide lenses to capture the entire image, and made a few close – ups for the details.

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Photos by @shalopayan 

POSTPRODUCTION

Filming by day, editing by night.

We managed to make short daily videos during the competition so the rest of the world could see what was happening. Five different stages with different results every day. The public was amazed by the event, even though they were not there to live it. So we made a documentary about it. A twelve minute documentary short that covered the entire week, from the action and the experience to the people that made this happen as well as the logistics of it all, but most importantly, the story of the 2020 Sonora Rally.
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The SHIFTPOD utilizes the latest space age composite super fabrics and the S3 Seam Sealing Technology. Tried and tested in some of the harshest places on earth. Designed for the heat of the desert as well as for the cold of snowy terrains. This tool came in handy due to its comfort and practicality for bullet-editing. Being easy to move and quick to set up, it helds the current set up record of 22 seconds.
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