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Set across the vast Indonesian island chain, Melali: The Drifter Sessions features Rob Machado — one of the most stylish and skilled wave riders of our time. Melali returns to the fundamentals of surf cinematography by focusing on the surfing experience, the artful relationship between man and surf, and the sharing of this experience with good friends.
Rob Machado explains what his new film is all about
Rob Machado and Taylor Steele’s The Drifter was a box office hit. However, the cinematic phenomenon could not fit in all of the surfing that took place throughout the filming process. The Drifter focused more on the lifestyle and story of Rob’s trip more than the high performance surfing. So, if you need more action (or all action) in your surf movies, Rob’s new Melali – The Drifter Sessions is right up your alley. This new masterpiece showcases Rob and friends surfing some great waves throughout the Indonesian Islands. The film is available on DVD and on ITunes July 2010.
HURLEY.COM: CAN YOU EXPLAIN TO US WHAT YOUR NEW MOVIE IS AND WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT?
ROB MACHADO: The new flick is called Melali – The Drifter Sessions. We decided to make Melali when we realized that we had so much footage left over from The Drifter. We didn’t want our footage going to waste, especially since a lot of it was with some amazing surfers. So in a nutshell, it’s footage of my friends, who put in some serious water time for me, from all of our sessions that didn’t make it into The Drifter. We also decided to record a soundtrack for it.
HOW DID YOU GUYS COME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR THIS MOVIE?
When we did the premiers for The Drifter we were also playing some bonus footage at the end of the movie. And by the end of the tour, we were playing a live soundtrack to the bonus footage. So, from there, that stemmed the idea of putting together all the leftover footage and making another flick and then scoring it.
HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM THE DRIFTER?
It’s very different. This movie is geared more towards your hard-core surf fan. No story line, just a lot of good surfers surfing really great waves to some groovy tunes.
WHO HELPED PUT IT TOGETHER AND MAKE IT ALL HAPPEN?
We kept our crew pretty tight on this one. Taylor [Steele] and I worked on the edits, while Jon Swift was in charge of the music.
WAS ALL OF THE SURFING IN THIS MOVIE SHOT DURING THE MAKING OF THE DRIFTER?
Yes, it was just all the leftovers from The Drifter.
WHO ELSE IS IN THE MOVIE?
Dane Reynolds, Kelly Slater, Kalani Robb, Dan Malloy, Mike Losness, Rizal Tanjung, Marlon Gerber, Ace Buchan and a few others. Ryan Hurley gets a bomb…biggest wave of the trip.
HOW IS IT TRAVELING WITH THOSE GUYS?
Everybody was great. I was really zoned in on the Drifter. So I was in a different place…not a bad place, but probably different than what we are used to. But it was all good. I was stoked to have such a good crew of guys to surf with and push me.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE MELALI – THE DRIFTER SESSIONS MOVIE TOUR?
Working on it right now…
ANY NEW PROJECTS IN THE WORKS?
Can’t talk about those yet. Top secret.