I shot the footage for this short in the waning hours of a windy Indonesian afternoon. It took me about an hour to find my shooting groove, but once the ball got rolling I didn't want to stop. Setting out there was no story planned: I just went out to exercise my creative muscles and luckily a simple story emerged.
The story opens with a busy timelapse as cars rush by the hero's awesome ride. The hero takes off on his bike and is bombarded with all kinds of annoyances from burning trash to streets covered with cars and cows.
You'll notice that in general the hero moves from the left side of the screen to the right. Though there are some exceptions, I had the hero move in this way to signify that he was heading in the right direction. Movie viewers subconsciously consider a character to be moving in a 'correct' or 'good' direction if the character is moving from left to right; vice versa for right to left. Read more on this concept here.
The GoPromance continues. I used it for 75 percent of my shots in this piece because it is easy to use while biking.
For the shot above, I lined the GoPro up perfectly with where dirt meets pavement, showing that the character has two choices. Once he makes his choice, he's on a fun adventure. Note that there's also a shift in music and camera angle choices.
A Note on Culture
It was extremely hot while I was shooting and I was getting thirsty. Luckily there are small stores everywhere in Indonesian villages. This store was 30 feet from where I got the 'hero's choice' shot. I love Indonesia.
This project required some jerry-rigging. I wanted to get some fun tracking shots from behind the hero as he's biking. In order to do this, I tied a length of bamboo to my bike rack. Next I wrapped the Joby tripod around the bamboo and my regular tripod and bam! A cheap solution to my problem. The results aren't particularly smooth, but the setup still provided a usable shot.
Near the end the hero dismounts and enjoys the peaceful surroundings. After a moment of peace, he flips his bike around and takes off again (heading from right to left now).
This was a fun little project for me. It took about three hours to shoot and six or seven to edit and color. The project helped me work on my visual storytelling, image composing, and editing skills.
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