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Cyclists – Stop at Red – Give respect, get respect

This is a wee project we’ve been working on for the Cycling Advocates Network.

Aimed at improving cyclist ‘perceived’ behaviour and improving their image.
The challenge was to not make cycling look dangerous (because it really isn’t), while using appeals from our ‘peers’ (aka other cyclists) to change behaviour and attitudes. Hopefully we ticked those boxes.
It’s also the first project we shot with our new Canon Eos and Canon 24-105mm f/4 L series lens. I’m pretty pleased with the footage. And Mike’s been experimenting with Adobe Premiere and After Effects on our new iMac, and I think he’s been pleasantly surprised by how easy it has been to switch between platforms.
We also made a little informative video in which Mike demonstrates how to trigger traffic lights. Hope you enjoy!


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Little Fighters’ news update

Well, it’s been pretty quiet on the blog front for us. We’ve had our heads down/tails up working away on Small Blacks TV for the past few months, while tinkering away at a few of our own projects quietly in the background. Now Small Blacks is over halfway through the season (well, technically episode 13 goes to air this weekend, but we’re more than halfway done), we’ll have a bit more time to focus on other projects.

One of these is a series of cycling ‘etiquette’ videos we are hoping to make. We’re applying for funding through a WCC grant which will help cover costs. The goal of the videos is to try to promote safe and responsible cycling behaviour in a humourous and engaging way. We quite like the style of the 60’s PSA style videos which occasionally pop up (there’s a great Harry Enfield spoof titled “Women, know your limits!”). We’re hoping to make a series of videos like this, showing appropriate (or sometimes inappropriate) cycling behaviour. Fingers crossed the funding comes through!

In other news, Mike recently entered his script ‘Te Ara’ (or ‘The Pathway’) in the Pikihuia Writers Awards. He’s just heard that his script has been shortlisted. Very exciting! I have no idea how short the shortlist is, but there are two more stages to get through – finalists are announced end of June and winners in August. The prize is a very tidy $2000 which will more than help get filming underway on his short. So fingers crossed he makes it through!
We’re also in the process of putting together a couple of proposals for Fresh Shorts, which will hopefully get some of these film ideas rattling around in our heads onto a screen somewhere sometime soon!
So that’s what’s keeping us busy. How bout you?

Cycling videos

The Little Fighter team are quite keen on cycling. We don’t get out nearly often enough, but we make up for it with enthusiasm. I blame it on my tenuous Dutch links…

Here in lil ole NZ there’s a bit of a pro-cycling groundswell forming. In a country where most people hang up their helmets when they turn 15 and get the keys to Mum’s Corolla and never look back, it seems more people are cycling than ever before. It also helps that petrol prices are sky-rocketing!
We’ve been involved with a few different groups around town – the roadies when we were training for the Taupo Cycle Challenge, the off-roaders and the chic cyclists who endeavour to make cycling cool again.
Our latest venture has been to make an event video for the lovely ladies at Frock on Bikes. These ladies organise all sorts of events, most of them involving looking good on your bike and making your bike work for you.
The video below is of their latest big event, Love to Roll
And the video below, is one we made in response to the shocking number of cyclist deaths on our roads last year. It was a very quick turnaround (from inception to upload was only 5 days) and we thank everyone who supported the making of, including the lovely folks at Big World Zoo (who leant their camera and XQ for free) and CAN.

Small Blacks TV

A bit of flagrant self-promotion here…

Mike has spent the past few months slaving away tirelessly on the kids TV show that is ‘Small Blacks TV’. For those of you who do not have rugby-mad-children, Small Blacks TV is a kids show about rugby, starring most of the All Blacks and many rugby-mad-children.

It’s a proper half hour show (i.e. actually 30 minutes long not ‘commercial half hour’ which is closer to 23 minutes these days) and Mike has been the sole editor for the bulk of post. Alot of work for one lonely editor! So he’s worked bloody hard, and the show looks brilliant. According to everyone involved it’s been a big step up from past years and full credit to the team for all their hard work.

Small Blacks TV is on Sunday mornings at 7.30am on TV2.
Check out the Small Blacks site here or watch the show on Demand (warning: ads!).