‘Almost’ as much as I like riding, I also like making bike films. Now, I say ‘almost’ because I’d still rather be on the bike than filming others, but that said, sometimes it can be a bit of a toss up. The first time I realized this, was the 2009 Edmonton Canada Cup. I’d signed up online to race it, but didn’t bother reading the tech guide, and failed to discover that Canada Cup races require you go pick up your registration the day before. So, when I showed up to race on race day, the Commissaires informed me I was S.O.L – SIDELINED for the biggest race of the Edmonton season!
Needless to say I was pretty bummed, but I stuck around and decided to film it for Bikeridr just using my pocket Canon Powershot p&s. Looking back, the picture quality was terrible, but I had a blast, running around from location to location trying to capture the shots to make the film I wanted. In the end, the film came together okay, and it went up on Bikeridr and, well, I was hooked! After that I was totally pumped to film our Transrockies adventures, and of course, now I’ve also tried my hand at a redux at the 2010 Edmonton Canada Cup, and lastly 2010’s cyclo-cross season film, ‘Cowbell‘.
I’ve learned a lot, all through trial and error, which is pretty obvious in all my films. But this year, I have loftier goals. I plan to produce some better quality films. I’ve picked up a new camera, a Canon 60D, and I’ve also been reading up a little on filming and movie making technique. I already feel better prepared to create movie magic! haha… Now, for any of you looking to get into doing the same thing, here are some great resources I’ve recently come across:
- The first is VIMEO Video School. They have some cool online tutorials on the very basics of film making. Some of it will seem pretty obvious, but if you’re just getting started, it’s worth checking out.
- The second resource is also from VIMEO called ‘The Story Behind the Still‘, which was a recent film making contest. I found this fascinating because you get to see several, excellent examples of amateur film making, and hear from the directors, providing you with all kinds of cool ideas for your own projects. I pretty much love VIMEO.
- Third, I have to say that to me, the BEST bike films around are ANTHILL productions’, ‘Follow Me‘, and The Collective, Roam and Seasons. These are spectacular films, not just bike films. If you’ve seen them, you know. The shots they get, the set-ups it would take to get them, are inspiring. I’d love to go along with them on a shoot sometime. I’d be like a kid in a bike park! If you haven’t seen these films, I hope you will.
- Lastly, I wanted to provide a couple bike-specific examples of other even more amateur films that Ken and I have keyed in on. Each has its own feel, and style, but I think you’ll agree that all of them are super-cool in their own ways: vid 1, vid 2, vid 3
If you have any films you’d like to share, send them my way. I’d love to check them out!