Filmmaker Spotlight: Alastair Humphreys

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Alastair Humphreys was once named a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, and is a sought after inspirational speaker and a best-selling author. His expeditions are a call to arms: “Nothing,” he proclaims, “is achieved without someone being bold enough to begin it and taking that first step” – which needs only be a tiny one to “set us on the way to realizing that we are all capable of more than we imagine.”
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Filmmaker Spotlight: Manny Marquez

IngerUcker: Beyond Fingerdome Manny Marquez | Hood River, OR

IngerUcker: Beyond Fingerdome Manny Marquez | Hood River, OR

Manny Marquez says he got into cycling through film – not a typical route for most people. In 2009, About Face Media sent Manny to France for The Tour De France. His job was to create a film a day for Trek Bicycles. During his time at the Tour, Manny made 22 films base on Team Astana and the love of cycling throughout France. “I was going to all of these places that are famous,” Manny explain. “Now I watch cycling religiously and I know these places, but I didn’t then.”
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FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT: BRIAN MATHE

Brian MatheBrian Mathe, Morgan Monchaud, Vera Siphay and Bertrand Dolci have always been adventurous.  The French travel enthusiasts have long been into activities like snowboarding, surfing and windsurfing but it was a wild idea by Morgan that put the wheels of a grand journey into motion: travel around the world… by bike!  Luckily for us, they filmed it, too.
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FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT: Professor Dave Shapiro

Professor Dave Shapiro is a longtime contributor to Filmed by Bike, and returns once again this year with his film “The Boy Who Cried ‘Mechanical’. This stop-motion photography-animated short continues Dave’s series of Aesop Fables with bikes as the main stars. Dave brainstorms ideas for his movies while biking to work – an hour and a half each way.

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Filmmaker Spotlight: Chad Berkley

We love to hear the backstory for submissions to our festival, and to showcase a little behind the scenes action. We’ve been interviewing filmmakers about the process they took when making a film for the Filmed by Bike festival. Chad Berkley is one of these submitters, and this week we stopped by his editing suite to talk to him about his film Remember Your First Bike, which profiles the Community Cycling Center’s, Holiday Bike Drive, an annual bicycle giveaway program.

Filmmaker Spotlight: Mike Vogel

Oh the Places You Will Go to Film by Bike

(A poetic interpretation of one man’s adventures in filming and biking: about filmmaker Mike Vogel)


Meet Mike

     Who likes to film by bike.

But we ask would he dare

     Film by bike anywhere?


Would he film on a crane?

     Could he film in the rain?


I would film on a crane

     I would film in the rain.

I would film here or there,

     I would film anywhere.


Would he film in a pick-up truck,

     All the way to Lady Luck?

Where he and his crew,

     Could get a shot of my tattoo?


Yes in a truck, to Lady Luck

I would go, to prove it so.

That I would film here or there,

     I would film anywhere.


I bet he wouldn’t on Hawthorne Bridge,

     It’s vertically filming on a ridge.


Shy away from the bridge, I would not

     If it meant getting the perfect shot.

I would film here or there,

     I would film anywhere.


He wouldn’t, he couldn’t if it were against the law.


I would and could if I thought no one saw.

I would film here or there,

     I would film anywhere.


I guess it’s true, I guess it’s so

     There is not a place Mike wouldn’t go.

So the question remains, the places you will go

     In order to be in the Filmed By Bike Show.

FILMMAKER PROFILE: Carlos Maya

Drawing inspiration from drawings is not just a process exclusive to big guns such as Marvel and DC Comics, but something animator Carlos Maya has perfected for Filmed by Bike in his shorts like “Big Wheel Bounce”, a 30-second complex animated piece that showed in our 2009 festival.

I would never describe my Saturday morning cartoons as a very thoughtful effort, except perhaps to decide which sugar cereal goes best with reruns of Captain Planet. For Carlos, though, this is when the thinking cap comes on. An animator by trade, Carlos’ ten years of experience have helped prepare him to be a front runner for past Filmed by Bike festivals. His inspiration from cartoons is the fuel behind his passion. Drawing from the archives of classic School House Rock, Carlos sets forth to bring out originality, personality and something completely new through his work.

Carlos offers up this advice for all of you aspiring filmmakers: “Do what you love, even if it does not make sense.” Maybe for Carlos doing what you love means cartoons and making people laugh, but for you it could mean something different. Find out what it is that you love and start filming. We can’t wait to see.

The deadline for Filmed by Bike submissions 1/20/2011 and you can learn more at our Best of the Worst (What not to do) event on November 6th. Details here >>

Call for Film Editors!

Filmed by Bike is looking for a video editor for our 2010 festival program!

Our needs:

  • 4 distinct DVD programs, each containing a different combination of:
    • Roughly 30 winning short film entries (Under 8 minutes each, submitted on DVD or MiniDV)
    • Advertisement slideshows (submitted as .mov files)
    • Raffle slideshows (submitted as .mov files)
    • Some content will be repeated on multiple DVD programs
  • Normalized sound across the length of the programs
  • Final aspect ratio of 16:9 (from submissions of various aspect ratios)

Our timeline:

  • We would like to select a program editor by February 26th — Please get back to us ASAP
  • Content should be ready for editing by March 1st
  • Programs need to be completed by March 25th

We are putting this out to bid.

We are willing to provide other incentives such as:

  • Free entry to the festival April 16-18, 2010
  • On-screen advertising

Please contact Owen with questions and estimates:
Owen@FilmedByBike.org, (646) 465 2735