The only excuse I have is that I have been busy. Busy busy busy.
The latest project brought on to GSP has meant the dismissal of me as a lone gunman with a camera, to now having several people on board. How long will it last – I have no idea, but for now I am extremely please by the people that have come on board and are working so hard for this new project.
The project is for Oregon Department of Transportation’s program Drive Less Save More. Most Portlanders are probably familiar with this program. The intention is just as you may think – get out of the car and get there a different way. Portland, Oregon/Vancouver, Washington has a terrible problem with commuting and traffic. While the distances may not be so far, the roads aren’t able to take the amount of traffic that are present. The traffic itself is the cause of geopolitical reasons. Oregon has no sales tax, Washington has no income tax. If you live in Washington, and then work and shop in Oregon, you save a lot of money off the top. However, the commute…oh, that pesky commute. There are fleets of cars on the road with one passenger in them, and when it is 8 am or 4 pm, it can be impossible to get anywhere. So the program is meant to encourage people on the alternatives to single-car travel.
GSP is producing and shooting eleven videos as part of the “How to Bike Oregon” series. We are currently in the process of finishing scripts, locking down our shoots, and figuring out interesting ways to shoot bicyclists through the Portland area. If you are reading this and are a rider, or interested in getting into riding, please contact me. We may have a place in one of our stories for you.
So far, while we have been working on our logistics for shoots, myself and a few others have been racking up B-roll. We are trying to hit as many locations as we can, getting a variety of people and bikes in their glorious travels to someplace with bike parking. Soon, the van doors shall open, and we shall be hanging the jib out the back and sides to film the power of the pedal. I am pretty excited to say the least! I have also built a couple of head rigs for cameras to mount, thanks to Freddie Wong and his team who have shot first-person head cam footage.
Ok, I have shot lists and shoot schedules to work on! Don’t forget to check out Wonder Northwest next week and premiere of the Micro Mini Geek Film Showcase with local sci-fi/fantasy/horror filmmakers showing their stuff.