A Film for the Ages

I think my title may be a little misleading. Yes, what I have to offer you today is a film, one that I made in fact, but calling it a ‘film for the ages’ is certainly giving it way more credit than it deserves.

OK, so you’ve decided that you’re going to hang around and take a look at the film. Brilliant! What are you in for? Well, over six minutes of me riding a bike, but wait…wait…wait….don’t go flipping the channel just yet. I’ve tried to make it as entertaining as I can using my limited, but improving, skills with iMovie. I even provide a score. Fancy, hey? Of course, music is so subjective that I’ll no doubt lose half of you after the first thirty seconds, but for those that stick it out, I’m hoping that the mood of the film matches the choice of song.

October Morn from James Warne on Vimeo.

Clearly I am not going to be nominated for any mainstream awards, but then that’s not what I am shooting for. I won’t pretend that if no one likes the film I shan’t be somewhat deflated, but rest assured there will be more! (Was that a groan I heard through the ether?). Anyway, artists have to develop a thick skin to deal with years of rejection and insults before ‘the one‘ comes along and turns them into megastars, so I will be chalking all of this down to experience.

Oh quickly, I should give you a little context as to where I am and what I’m doing in the film. This was filmed one morning last week before work. I left the house around 6.30 a.m. and by the time I started filming in earnest I was on the return leg of the ride and it was closer to 7.00 a.m. The sun was up but still low in the sky, and behind me, which is quite apparent when you see the ‘up in my face‘ shots. I suppose the film is fun to watch as it gives you a glimpse into the roads and bike paths that I can home. I’ve said before, we’re pretty lucky here in Montreal. For city riding, it’s good.

Well, groan or no groan, I just borrowed a GoPro Hero from my friend Richard so you’d better prepare yourselves for some “right from the handlebars” footage in the coming weeks. I watched some of his kite surfing films and was amazed at the footage you can get. Just a quick gander on GoPro.com will give you a flavour of what you can do. Fun stuff!

P.S. Quick note on the band Them Crooked Vultures. Formed in 2009, the supergroup comprises of John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin fame, Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters back on drums in this incarnation, and Josh Hoome from Queens of the Stone Age on vocals and guitar. Love the name. Love the band. Not for everyone!

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2 Responses to A Film for the Ages

  1. Rollo says:

    You’ve worked all the angles there. Front wheel shot, grim determination shot, off the bike and exhausted shot, up the nose shot. Which one of those fancy motor boats is yours?

    • James says:

      Yeah, it may be a bit much but I had a laugh filming it and putting it together. I try and convince myself that one day my children will be glad to have these little narcissistic mementos of their Dad. Who am I kidding, they’ll be cringing!

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