Oregon Manifest wants to know: What’s the ‘Utlimate Utility Bike’?

Organizers of the upcoming Oregon Manifest event want to know what you think makes the “Ultimate Utility Bike.” They’re asking for short video submissions and they’ll also accept drawings. See the info on how to enter below (deadline is January 10th):

We want you to tell us what your idea of the Ultimate Utility Bike is!
We may include your submission in our upcoming Oregon Manifest video broadcast on our website.
Send us a 1-2 minute video of yourself completing the following three sentences:

1. I’m _____________ from _________, ____ and this is my idea of the ultimate utility bike.

2. The Ultimate Modern Utility Bikes should….
(“take me to work, allow me to shop for weekly groceries, carry my kid, store in my office easily”)

3. With the Ultimate Utility bike I would….
(“get to work, stop off at the library, pick up a few things at the grocery store, then ride over to the next town to visit my friend”)

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• 1-2 minutes in length maximum
• shoot outdoors, in natural light, with low contrast
• have your friend film you: visible head and shoulders or more is best
• state your name and your city at the beginning of the vid
• specs: we’d prefer HD footage, but we can use anything from HD formats (like 720 x 1280 or 1080 x 1920) down to 640 x 480. Chances are, your cell phone or digisnap camera will be just fine for this. If you have a DSLR or video camera that can shoot really nice HD, then by all means, go for it. If not, don’t sweat it. We’re more interested in your stories and ideas than awesome cinematography.


How to send us your footage:
1. name your file using your first and last name (example: DanSmith.mov)
2. create a text file that includes your name, address, phone number and email address).
3. archive (stuff) the video file and the text file together in one package — include a scan of your drawing as well, if you have one
4. in your web browser go to: www.grymttr.com / click CLIENT LOGIN in lower left corner / user name = om / password: destiny / upload button is on upper left
5. upload your archived files

If we use your video, we will contact you to sign a release form to use your image.
If you do not include contact information as directed we cannot use your video.


Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

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13 years ago

that sounds fun… but only 7 days? good thing for all the clear weather…