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Portland filmmaker raising money to shoot Cyclocross Nationals on ‘Super 8’ film

Posted by on January 4th, 2018 at 5:11 pm

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Drew Coleman in a still from his GoFundMe campaign video. Watch it below.

Sellwood neighborhood resident Drew Coleman has a vision for his next project. But he needs a bit of help to realize it.

Coleman is a filmmaker who started shooting local cyclocross races this summer. He’s also started a YouTube channel under the Local Cycling Network banner. Now he wants to cover the biggest race of the year: the Cyclocross National Championships which take place in Reno, Nevada next weekend. This time around he wants to do try something new: Coleman wants to shoot the race and the culture that surrounds it, on film. He’s bought a 1983 Canon 814 xl-s camera and he’s looking for support to buy the film which runs about $1.53 per second.

He’s launched a GoFundMe campaign and hopes to raise $2,500 for the trip and the film.

Here’s more from Drew about the project:

“I am always looking for new ideas and new angles. One of these came about as a result of my work on the second part of a series about local professional race team, Team S&M CX based out of Sellwood Cycling Repair. During the creation of “Working Class Cyclocross: Do It The Hard Way” I made contact with a California-based photographer Michael Jasinski who shoots film stills on large and medium format cameras and who’s work appears in the video. As an aside I mentioned that it would be fun to actually film cyclocross on Super 8. And he mentioned that he lives near Reno, Nevada where Nationals are this year and I’d have a place to stay if I wanted. And so, the “Cyclocross Nationals on Super 8 Project” was born and we will be collaborating to bring it to you.”

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(Photo: Michael Jasinski)

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Here’s the video pitch, which includes his concept video shot with film:

Drew has a great eye, which he explained in an email to us last week like this: “I have a philosophy when it comes to filming and that is when everyone is looking one direction, I try to look in the opposite direction in order to get a unique perspective. Simply put, we want to take a new-old look at the event.”

If you’d like to help Drew make this happen — and help all of us enjoy a great piece of cyclocross content — consider donating to the campaign. And stay updated on all Drew’s videos by subscribing to his YouTube channel.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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just one skip remount
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couldnt we just watch the official coverage on old crappy tv’s for the same effect?

Mike Quigley
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Mike Quigley

I fail to see the point. To get a really unique effect, the old Pathe’ equipment.

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Immunity from criticism leads the race to the bottom

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Allow me to save good people some cash:
Sell the already purchased camera for $400
Use that money for gas.
Record with phone.
Press “Super 8* Filter.

Drew Coleman
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Drew Coleman

When I was in art school, one of my sage professors told me that when what you’re doing provokes questions, commentary and criticism, that’s when you know you’re onto something. My goal with this project is to provide a different media experience in regards to our National Championships; something that goes beyond watching the official race on a crappy tv. In the end, I’m trying to create an art piece for people to enjoy (or dislike).
Thanks for caring enough to comment!

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Middle of the Road Guy
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Middle of the Road Guy

Maybe Ned Ludd restaurant will chip something in.

Jason H
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Jason H

I can understand Drew’s creative intent with this project but I feel that just applying an old media to record a modern event will just feel jarring. As the test footage does with a very grainy low contrast look but racers in skin suits on carbon bikes with electronic drivetrains. I’d like to see this planned a bit more and shoot it around a fun short “Eroica” style race maybe during a break at one of the GP or CC races next fall. Think caged pedals, bar end friction shifters and all wool kits. Then it would have a much more nostalgic feel.

Also I get the very Portland craft slant with having to actually shoot it physically in the outdated (expensive) filmstock and camera, but modern software with simulated filmstock and grain can make digital look amazing too. It’s funny, I just came across a creative experiment a few days ago that took Footage from Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbIbchSteCI and processed it to look like a silent newsreel. With the technique and the original period costumes and props it looks exactly like the historical WW2 newsreel footage I’ve grown up seeing! They even copied the typical 18fps film shown on 24fps pacing Lastly, and this is just me, but for actual film I like the better balance between resolution and aesthetics of 16mm instead of Super 8, it’s just too muddy for me (and I get the irony of that for a CX race). All meant as just constructive criticism, I think this could be a great concept and artistic expression, I just think from the (seemingly) last minute planning and not as good as it could be sample footage it might be let down from what it could be. That said, It’s Drew’s project and vision and I wish him the best of luck with it, and honestly hope the end result gets me to change the very critique I just gave!

Kyle Banerjee
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I personally like Super 8 — it’s the original youtube as far as I’m concerned. Highly portable so you can shoot anywhere, yet the format only allows for short clips making you really have to think about what you want to show and it takes a lot more skill to shoot with real film. As such, I like it better than the tape formats that followed that let people shoot too indiscriminately. The icing on the cake is it doesn’t lend itself well to adding cheese effects.

Given that this is more about a particular type cycling as art, I’m not surprised by the response here. I would expect a warmer response from communities where the journey and the experience are what’s important

Chris I
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Chris I

I’ll donate if he shoots it on 70mm.

Paul
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Paul

I never shot on 8mm, but I shot some projects on 16mm back in 2005 before HD was really accessible. I think the most fun part was sitting in the room with the hugely expensive film recorder used to transfer to digital for the edit and doing the color correction with the colorist at Barrandov Studios in Prague. So fun. Enjoy the process Drew!