Crafting A Hit

By Charelle Evelyn on June 11 2013

“I think Prince George deserves a cinematic treatment,” said Tyson Storozinski. “I think it’s an otherworldly, one-of-a-kind place.”

After spending nearly four years down south studying film, Storozinski now feels a little like an outsider in his hometown. “I used to be in, whatever ‘in’ is,” he said. So this summer, Storozinski is getting back to his roots and bringing along friend Kurt Walker for the ride as the pair co-direct a film documenting his first entry into this year’s Hit to Pass event.

The annual Prince George Auto Racing Association event is a P.G. landmark, and for Storozinski, a major component of his upbringing. “I was more excited by the September long weekend than I was by Christmas,” he said. By turning the camera on Hit to Pass and the community behind the derby, it will also serve as a focal point for showcasing Prince George as a whole.

“Watching it, the experience, the sounds, the smell even – it’s truly a unique- to Prince George event,” Storozinski said.

For North Vancouver native Walker, it will be an entirely new experience, providing another perspective to the film. “I’ve never actually seen the race other than through You-Tube footage,” he said. “I’m not sure what I think of it yet.” Walker and Storozinski bonded through a shared appreciation for taking a deeper look at films that might not necessarily be marked for intellectual discourse. “I had never really thought of a movie such as Robocop as something more than just an action movie,” said Storozinski, a film student at Capilano University.

While working together on a horror production in Winnipeg last fall, the pair realized they would be a good artistic fit. “We realized we were on the similar page in how we looked at the process of making movies,” Walker said. And while they don’t know what the finished product will look like, the directors are promising a thrill ride. “We want it to be this visceral, almost abrasive experience,” Storozinski said.

A2013Norm Coyne