Video: 5.45 Rouleur - riding in London as you seldom see it

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

by Simon_MacMichael   March 13, 2014  

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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.

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Mike_B wrote:
Dreadful

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

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posted by jasecd [144 posts]
13th March 2014 - 16:43

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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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posted by bris_f_stopper [6 posts]
13th March 2014 - 16:44

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I liked it Smile

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posted by Beefy [112 posts]
13th March 2014 - 17:26

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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.

posted by md6 [156 posts]
13th March 2014 - 17:50

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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. Sad

posted by crazy-legs [506 posts]
13th March 2014 - 18:06

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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.

posted by deblemund [88 posts]
13th March 2014 - 18:10

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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.

posted by Chuck [366 posts]
13th March 2014 - 18:10

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Up at 05:45....just back from 2 months working in Tel Aviv...up at 05:30 to go to work (for 08:00) Sun-Thurs...and more often than not 'just coming in at 05:45' Fri/Sat.....mmmmhhh BEER! Rolling On The Floor

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posted by The _Kaner [409 posts]
13th March 2014 - 18:27

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Reminded me of this http://vimeo.com/59996430...but this is better!

posted by bigbluebike [16 posts]
13th March 2014 - 18:57

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If someone wants to film a tongue in cheek Richmond Park edition with me in my horrific high viz trying not to frighten the deer then I'll see you normal time just after 7. I will try not to look too tired or bored

posted by Mendip James [19 posts]
13th March 2014 - 19:01

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crazy-legs wrote:

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

I really see where you are coming from.

Sadly, it seems rather common on road forums for some reason.

posted by Super Domestique [1598 posts]
13th March 2014 - 19:08

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Nice enough, maybe just a bit this?
http://road.cc/content/blog/110894-just-ride

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posted by joemmo [795 posts]
13th March 2014 - 19:13

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Add a Fiesta, a couple of scouters and a sick parrot and it's an Oscar winner!

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posted by Flying Scot [524 posts]
13th March 2014 - 19:41

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Personally I liked the film just for being an honest dipiction of a group of riders pushing it. The fact that they are in London, or wear Rapha does not matter, Its what they do, (and thinking about it) which we all do that matters. If you don't ride then what are you doing on the site.
Hope you Rouleurs stop at the lights though.....

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
I thought of that while riding my bicycle.
~ Einstein, in reference to the Theory of Relativity

posted by stealfwayne [59 posts]
13th March 2014 - 21:34

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They were filming a load of this stuff on a Saturday morning about 9am holding everybody up by riding slowly behind a car with camera dude in it.

The shots of everyone overtaking them seem to have been lost in the edit.

posted by dubtap [10 posts]
13th March 2014 - 22:14

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Also, a note to RPR solo riders in the park that RLJing in club kit is kind of silly

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13th March 2014 - 22:47

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Sunglasses in the dark. Cool!

posted by Hensteeth [36 posts]
13th March 2014 - 22:53

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I've made lots of films and I'm a proffesional photographer. Bit harsh maybe but this genre of film needs to stop, it's had its day.

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posted by Mike_B [28 posts]
13th March 2014 - 23:27

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^ that's a reply to another comment above

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posted by Mike_B [28 posts]
13th March 2014 - 23:29

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Always wondered how often you get caught by the traffic lights on the south side.

I agree with SD. Don't worry about the Grumpies. Doing something creative is always preferable to creatively criticising those that do.

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1057 posts]
14th March 2014 - 9:09

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I work in TV, editing documentaries. I also cycle round Regents Park.

The film is nicely put together: can't fault the production values but, as many people have pointed out, the voiceover drags it down.

Are the words taken verbatim from interviews with the guys? If so, why not just use the audio from the actual interviews?

Scripted voiceover of this kind is a bit suspect in something purporting to be a documentary.

Learning what motivates the cyclists is perfectly valid - but if this has been scripted then you're putting words into their mouths.

Shoot (or record) some actual interviews and use these as the basis for the voiceover track. Then it's a documentary - not just a promo.

posted by e2_irish_guy [5 posts]
14th March 2014 - 9:24

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Hah! You'll be lucky to see an RPR jersey in the park as late as 9am.

posted by Nick T [797 posts]
14th March 2014 - 11:59

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dubtap wrote:
They were filming a load of this stuff on a Saturday morning about 9am holding everybody up by riding slowly behind a car with camera dude in it.

The shots of everyone overtaking them seem to have been lost in the edit.

Gas

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
14th March 2014 - 12:23

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e2_irish_guy wrote:
I work in TV, editing documentaries. I also cycle round Regents Park.

The film is nicely put together: can't fault the production values but, as many people have pointed out, the voiceover drags it down.

Are the words taken verbatim from interviews with the guys? If so, why not just use the audio from the actual interviews?

Scripted voiceover of this kind is a bit suspect in something purporting to be a documentary.

Learning what motivates the cyclists is perfectly valid - but if this has been scripted then you're putting words into their mouths.

Shoot (or record) some actual interviews and use these as the basis for the voiceover track. Then it's a documentary - not just a promo.

I'm a DoP and part-time BBC camera op (and occasional RP cyclist). You can't fault the production value for docco style work but I feel it falls a bit short for the type of short film that was aimed for here.

I agree that using interview for the VO would have been a much stronger and I actually think that intercutting interview footage would have made it a more complete film.

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posted by jasecd [144 posts]
14th March 2014 - 12:36

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Recommend you watch that 'Boy' film that won the BA prize at London 2012 if you want to see how to do a short film about cycling that feels fresh rather than derivative...

Admittedly not everyone has the budget to hire Tim Spall but still: http://www.selectism.com/2012/04/11/watch-boy-london-olympics-short-film/

posted by Yennings [210 posts]
14th March 2014 - 14:09

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@jasecd

I agree. I gather this is a promo for a longer doc which I'd be interested to see.

It would certainly carry more weight as a documentary if it incorporated actual first-person interview footage.

That would elevate it above and beyond being just a slick promo. It's something I would watch (I'm interested to know more about these guys)

Unfortunately, this version is something I struggled to engage with.

posted by e2_irish_guy [5 posts]
14th March 2014 - 23:18

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V/O a bit wooden... I know get someone in with a proper london accent like Dick Van Dyke to do it. Rolling On The Floor

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posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [583 posts]
15th March 2014 - 16:38

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If Rapha did films they would...

How does that commercial go?

My early rides begin leaving at 04.20, meet up at 05.00 and then open the hurt locker for an hour before my solitary 5-mile ride home...I think there could be a movie in there!

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posted by Tripod16 [110 posts]
16th March 2014 - 1:14

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I like the vid, and think their club kit looks cool. Ooh, controversial.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3096 posts]
16th March 2014 - 10:28

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No issues with the quality of the film.. And yes, they look pretty smart.. But I think what irks a little is the 'wannabe pro' vibe it gives off.

I also find it a bit self-important and vain, I wouldn't for one minute think that anyone would want to watch a film of me cycling, even if I did wear Rapha and ride in London's parks first thing in the morning..

In fact, especially if I did!..

posted by 700c [556 posts]
16th March 2014 - 22:32

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