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Short piece entered to Sundance London follows Regent's Park Rouleurs on their morning ride...

Here’s a nice short film of Central London as you seldom see it – not a car in sight as club cyclists take part in a group ride. The clue lies in the title, 5.45 Rouleur – the time each day when Regent’s Park Rouleurs meet up for their weekday morning ride.

The film, made by Gorilla Face Productions and voiced over by a monologue of one of the rider’s thoughts, lasts just four minutes and has been submitted to the Sundance London short film competition (vote for it using the links to the right of this page).

5.45 Rouleur from Gorilla Face on Vimeo.

The film acts as a prelude to a longer documentary on the club, which meets up to ride around Regent’s Park each day, whatever the weather, and further afield at weekends.

Gorilla Face Productions says it is a new company with “a passion for shooting cycling and other action sports.”

It adds that its “ stylistic approach to capturing cycling is best described as an attempt to retain the traditional romance and cinematic beauty of the sport, whilst exploring new and innovative ways of filming that best encapsulate the experience of riding a bike.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Leviathan [1773 posts] 1 year ago
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There is a 5:45 in the Morning!  13

Reminds me of that Brad Pitt perfume advert: Pretension.

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harman_mogul [208 posts] 1 year ago
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We (Central London CTC) see these guys sometimes, but seldom mob-handed—our sessions are in the evenings and for the breakfast social on Saturday morning. They should have a matchup with London Dynamo who also fancy themselves as the Masters of the Circle. Then we would find out who attacks while they breathe...

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bikebot [1629 posts] 1 year ago
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bikeboy76 wrote:

Reminds me of that Brad Pitt perfume advert: Pretension.

Yeah, I didn't need to see much of that to know I don't want to see the documentary.

If you've never tried riding through the city in the small hours you should. Ride through London early on a Sunday morning in the middle of summer, and it's literally like 28 Days Later (that's how they filmed it).

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Dave Ody [20 posts] 1 year ago
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someone has been watching too many Rapha videos.

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roadie2013 [7 posts] 1 year ago
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YAWN.............!

Great to see another bunch of London cyclists up their own ars*.

A voice for priesthood!

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shearer27 [22 posts] 1 year ago
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At 1:42 has the film been flipped? Or does the bike use a left-sided crank and chainrings??

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Jonny_Trousers [245 posts] 1 year ago
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Perfectly nice video, horrible voiceover.

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gazzaputt [204 posts] 1 year ago
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Pretentious.

Laps of Regents Parks time after time?

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NeilXDavis [120 posts] 1 year ago
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Stretching the romance of cycling a bit too far for me that one.

As said one too many Rapha films consumed...nothing unique about what they're doing...they appear to be asking us to be in awe in some way?...

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chokofingrz [404 posts] 1 year ago
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It rubs me up the wrong way worse than a pair of second-hand Aldi bib shorts when people write things like 5.45 instead of 5:45.

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bris_f_stopper [6 posts] 1 year ago
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Certainly has.. but the question is why?

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redmeat [147 posts] 1 year ago
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Must've been going backwards.

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Simmo72 [583 posts] 1 year ago
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School of velominati and rapha.

Yes cycling is fantastic but we are just folk in lycra going up and down hills for fun, not some elite mystical covenant shrouded in mystical ways.

Fair play, they are up at 5.45 but only because they have no choice. Peace and quiet or death by truck, your choice.

I was up at 3.45 trying to get my 5month old son to sleep, I should stick on a rapha jersey, film it in slow mo black and white and make it look cool.

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geargrinderbeard [87 posts] 1 year ago
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Nothing pleases me more than smashing it past the carbon riding rapha crew in the morning on the single speed steelie with full backpack. Simple pleasures and all that...

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thehat [2 posts] 1 year ago
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I made this film with a few of my friends at Gorilla Face. It's intended as a dramatic short for the Sundance London comp and the v/o was required to add a narrative and meet the competition criteria (fully take your points about the v/o, trust me it was de-Raphad a few times before the final cut..).

Shearer27 - yep, flipped it to fill a hole in the edit. Film aimed at some of the non-cyclists out there so thought we'd get away with it. Good spot..

Thanks for your comments

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Simmo72 [583 posts] 1 year ago
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ha ha, Seriously? Never given it a thought. Waste of a an extra '.'
how about 0545 24 hour clock, ok or is that a big sniff on the aldi bibs?

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Nick T [913 posts] 1 year ago
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geargrinderbeard wrote:

Nothing pleases me more than smashing it past the carbon riding rapha crew in the morning on the single speed steelie with full backpack. Simple pleasures and all that...

Let's have a race, mate  4

I'll wear as much Rapha as I can fit on me.

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Username [144 posts] 1 year ago
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It wouldn't need to be 05:45 if the Crown Estates Paving Commission didn't let motor traffic into the park earlier than they are supposed to.

Or if ….. http://www.trafficfreeregentspark.org.uk

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Super Domestique [1596 posts] 1 year ago
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thehat wrote:

I made this film with a few of my friends at Gorilla Face. It's intended as a dramatic short for the Sundance London comp and the v/o was required to add a narrative and meet the competition criteria (fully take your points about the v/o, trust me it was de-Raphad a few times before the final cut..).

Shearer27 - yep, flipped it to fill a hole in the edit. Film aimed at some of the non-cyclists out there so thought we'd get away with it. Good spot..

Thanks for your comments

All credit to you. Hope you had fun making it.

Don't worry about the negative comments, think of it this way: someone makes a film about the sport / hobby they enjoy. They share it. Others complain / moan. Its called the Internet!

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Yennings [237 posts] 1 year ago
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Just another faux Rapha advert. So derivative it's untrue. And please find someone with less of a monotone drawl to deliver the final cut of the voiceover.

PS: And yes, incredulous non-London folk - Regent's Park loop actually is a pretty good place to ride bikes by urban standards. Relatively traffic-free even during the daytime, only a few lights to worry about, passable road surface. Just have to look out for tourists milling around outside the zoo!

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NDD [8 posts] 1 year ago
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No sure I care for the film, but getting up to ride every day at 5.45/5:45am/0545 is strong.

I feel inspired and maybe I will get up a little early tomorrow and join in and dominate on my way to work on the steel single speed, with laptop and d-lock on board....

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Mike_B [26 posts] 1 year ago
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Dreadful

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jasecd [328 posts] 1 year ago
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thehat wrote:

I made this film with a few of my friends at Gorilla Face. It's intended as a dramatic short for the Sundance London comp and the v/o was required to add a narrative and meet the competition criteria (fully take your points about the v/o, trust me it was de-Raphad a few times before the final cut..).

From a film-making perspective it's a bit compromised. Visually there's lot's of noisy footage in the dark, OOF shots and occasional inconsistent white balance. You can see the lost resolution on cropped/stabilised shots. Added to this are lot's of shots out of sequence to fit the narration as well. I'm guessing you had a single morning for this and shooting on the move is pretty damn difficult, especially with a DSLR. All of this is forgivable to my mind and a lot of the audience won't pick up on it - you will see the blacks fall apart on the big screen though.

What I struggle with most however is the VO - the content is subjective but the delivery is pretty wooden and the quality is really quite poor. I hate to be so damning but it detracts from the whole thing for me.

Despite all that, well done for getting out there and doing it. You've probably opened yourself up to a lot of scrutiny by entering in the Sundance competition but you should be congratulated for completing it. As someone much smarter than me once said "Just completing a film is an achievement in itself.".

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jasecd [328 posts] 1 year ago
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Mike_B wrote:

Dreadful

There speaks a man who has never made a film. Bit harsh.

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bris_f_stopper [6 posts] 1 year ago
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Thanks for clearing that up!

I like the edit and look forward to seeing the full film.

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Beefy [368 posts] 1 year ago
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I liked it  1

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md6 [181 posts] 1 year ago
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I quite liked the visuals, there are some nice shots, but i agree about the voiceover, its a little, well dull. I remember at school being told that when reading something out loud, try not to sound like you're reading. I think he missed that day in school. I think it is because there is no emotion, no feeling or real emphasis, it sounds as if the person reading is just reading a bunch of unrelated words that have then been put together to form sentences in the edit, a bit like Siri.

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crazy-legs [702 posts] 1 year ago
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I quite liked it! And if nothing else, there's the achievement of completing the film and submitting it while all the internet warriors moan about it. If it's that poor, lets see your Oscar winning efforts!

They're up at 6am doing something they love, making a bit of a film about it while it seems all the moaners and detractors on here were all in bed.

And unlike plenty of clubs/riders I've seen, these guys actually look the part - smart kit, good technique. Yes it's a bit Rapha-esque but they do say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Honestly, the negativity on here gets worse by the day.  2

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deblemund [262 posts] 1 year ago
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Wow, lots of London-haters in tonight. Tough crowd.

I like the film; it's nice to see people I recognise from training zooming around a beautiful place where I do most of my riding too, and having an great time before 8 hours of work. Good for them.

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Chuck [520 posts] 1 year ago
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Nice video, hats off to them for getting out of bed to do it!
Agree the voiceover lets it down though. Partly because it's trying too hard content-wise and just sounds a bit naff, even if you sort of identify with what he's talking about, and partly because of the wooden delivery.

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