Andy Chandler, mastermind behind the hilarious Sandy Blvd Trailer, started making comedy shorts in high school and polished his technical skills working for Portland’s KGW Channel 8 News for the last six years. This skilled filmmaker can bang out a highly produced film on his computer with limited resources.
Raised in the suburban town of Beaverton, Oregon, Stephan Blanquie escaped over the hills to SE Portland where he gets around on skateboards and a ten-speed – filming bands, skateboarding, fixed-gear freestyling and the great majesty of the Pacific Northwest.
A video chat with Kara Minnehan, the creator of Bike Love.
“Bike Love” plays during the Bike Party program of shorts.
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Guillaume Blanchet left France ten years ago to settle in Montreal, leaving behind friends and volumes of tender memories.
Kara Minnehan is a synergetic personality on a mission to inspire human connection and community using a tool growing in popularity: the bicycle.
By Nicholas Nanpei
For seasoned photographer and cyclist Daniel Sharp the Nobeyama Cyclocross race at Lake Biwa in Japan was not only his first time back in action since breaking his fibula the previous summer, but it was also his first foray into video.
Brian 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.
Evan and Adam Nix, known as The Nix Brothers, are filmmakers and bicycle enthusiasts based in Denver, Colorado. Along with songwriter/actor, Randy Washington, they created one of the most popular videos of our 2011 festival, All You Haters (Suck My Balls).
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.
Crash is a charming comedy short in which two friends get into bike accidents amid lusty desires. The piece is produced by filmmaker and Sexbot band leader Ilima Considine.
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.
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 >>