Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on October 24th, 2011 at 4:24 pm
Ever wanted to be involved with the creation of a bike film? Now's your chance. Filmmakers Liz Canning and Travis Wittwer are both working on bike film projects and they're both looking for your help.
Ms. Canning is making (R)evolutions Per Minute, a documentary about the explosion of cargo biking in America. What makes this project doubly cool is that it's being crowdsourced and Canning is calling for submissions. If your clip makes it into the final cut you'll get a "co-director" credit. But don't send the usual "I love cargo bikes!" stuff. Canning wants compelling footage that will reach out to the unconvinced.
"Think hard about what makes your [cargo biking] story unique and the best story to illustrate that on video," reads Canning's website.
Portlander Travis Wittwer is working on a film project for the big 10th anniversary Filmed by Bike event. His premise is fantastic:
"a movie that shows how hardcore Vancouver (WA) cyclists are... Vancouver is often the ugly cousin to Portland, especially in areas involving transportation, especially bikes. While Portland has great bike lanes and infrastructure, Vancouver lacks. This is not a critique of Vancouver. Rather, a statement of how much harder it is in Vancouver so (therefore) more hardcore."
Wittwer is the creative force responsible for such FBB faves as Wild Creatures of North America and Rack Attack!. If you'd like to help him make this fun parody that compares hardcore Vancouver riders with their Portland counterparts, get more details on his blog.
Good luck aspiring filmmakers!