Video: The Quiet Season - A Cycling Short Film

Seven minutes of gentle contemplation that will make you want to get on your bike

by John Stevenson   January 16, 2014  

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If you haven’t recently been out for a ride just for the joy of floating through the lanes, taking in the scenery and feeling the wind on your face, this lovely, contemplative short film will make you want to do just that.

It’s a family effort. Filmed and edited by Brandon Neubert and starring and narrated by his mother Lisa Neubert, The Quiet Season is a gentle celebration, partly of autumn, but mostly of the joy of riding in the countryside and experiencing the environment by blending into it as you can only do on a bike.

Lisa Neubert also wrote the evocative piano music that’s the film’s soundtrack. She sounds like a fairly useful cyclist too: she’s completed the 206-mile LoToJa Bicycle Classic from Logan, UT to Jackson Hole, WY on a tandem with her husband, Reed, and made the podium a couple of times in local races.


The Quiet Season - best enjoyed full screen in HD with good speakers

When he dropped us a note about the film, Brandon said: “It's about cycling, and how it really brings the world around us to life.  It's a beautiful film and has been by far my favorite project to work on.

“I took the project on after my mother wrote me about her cycling adventures during the autumn season. Iloved it so much that I kept the letter for two years, planning and contemplating how I would even pull this off.

“This isn't a film I want lost in the endless world of YouTube - I think that a lot of cyclists can connect with the thoughts and feelings expressed in the film. Cycling truly is a beautiful lifestyle.”

It’s also a major inspiration for Lisa in creating her music. On her BandCamp page, Lisa says:  “I enjoy writing music that comes from my love of beautiful things and places. And birds. Penguins. And bikes. Especially bikes.”

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Visually excellent - poor plinky plonk soundtrack and riding without lights at the end?!

posted by Pitbull [9 posts]
16th January 2014 - 17:51

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Works for me but it is certainly different to UK - where are the potholes, angry motorists, damp leaves ...

posted by NickK123 [78 posts]
16th January 2014 - 17:55

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Doesn't quite work for me I'm afraid, to me it's just trying that little bit too hard to be...profound.

It does make me want to get out and ride tho Smile

posted by thebungle [115 posts]
16th January 2014 - 18:53

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its just so flat...

posted by estiel [14 posts]
16th January 2014 - 19:26

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Saddle looked a bit low.

posted by dreamlx10 [145 posts]
16th January 2014 - 21:29

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Eurgh. That was horrible.

posted by nug8321 [28 posts]
16th January 2014 - 22:35

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Beautiful, quietly reflective film. Reminded me of so many of the reasons why I ride.

posted by Tigger [1 posts]
16th January 2014 - 22:39

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dreamlx10 wrote:
Saddle looked a bit low.

Seemed to work for her though…

Darned if I do…

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posted by Mr Sock [153 posts]
16th January 2014 - 22:43

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I got bored half way through as well and started looking at seat post height as well Smile

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posted by Durbat [1 posts]
16th January 2014 - 23:33

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Quite familiar with that part of US as have cycled there several times. Very beautiful in its own way but don't know if this is little film commensurate with that beauty. Still pondering. BTW, she must be a camel as no bidons?

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posted by Waterford853 [4 posts]
17th January 2014 - 7:21

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couldn't have been a long ride. no water bottles.

DaveO

posted by Dave Ody [19 posts]
17th January 2014 - 8:58

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Totally agree ... and with no water bottles .... trying way too hard me thinks.

posted by batch2103 [6 posts]
17th January 2014 - 11:40

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Is she over-dressed or the little boy on his bike under-dressed? One of them appears to have the temperature wrong.

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posted by Tripod16 [119 posts]
17th January 2014 - 13:37

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sell that girl some lights!

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posted by andybwhite [217 posts]
17th January 2014 - 14:39

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+1 to all of the above. I didn't make it past half way before vomming.

posted by CharlesMagne [29 posts]
18th January 2014 - 9:14

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Looks like Rapha met up with Apple and have a video party. However, it does make me want to get out and ride - although the british version may be a little different. Lots of lens wiping, near misses, shouting, beeping horns etc.

posted by zam [11 posts]
18th January 2014 - 11:49

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Saddle too low, stem too long , wrong sized frame, no lights at dusk. Has she borrowed someone else's bike to make this flim?

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posted by Manglier [78 posts]
19th January 2014 - 20:20

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