The Holstee Manifesto is a call to action to live a life full of intention, creativity, passion, and community.
The LifeCycle Film came about as a desire to bring the energy and passion behind the Manifesto to life through something we love--biking. As we seek to live mindful lifestyles that leave a positive impact on the people and world around us, biking has become a passion that is much more than a transportation alternative. It is a way of fully experiencing the city we love and all of its details.
This Film is a celebration. It is a celebration of gatherings, of diversity, of life, and of the beauty of shared experience. We hope you enjoy.
Holstee Manifesto written by Dave, Mike and Fabian
Music "Almost Everything" by Wakey!Wakey!
Director / Producer / Editor Cooper Miller
Cinematographer Anna Farrell
Producer Juliette Richey
Production Coordinator Whitney Matthews
Production Assistants Shawn Maguire & Wendi Miller
Book Cover Design Ray Shappell
PeopleForBikes.Org first approached Rabbit Content with the concept of a stationary bicycle that would sit alone on the street. A curious passerby would then take the initiative and jump on, starting to pedal. Massive art murals would descend from rooftops and cover buildings as the wheels began to spin - painting scenes of natural life coupled with urban renewal.
Rabbit Content and Black Swan immediately saw an element that needed adjustment. Biking is a celebration of movement, freedom, exploration and exercise. Immediately the process shifted to a biker in motion. Stationary murals transformed to moving pieces of art that would manifest as the bike passed locations. With a spark of brilliance an idea was born: live light projection as the art.
To show the diversity of bike riding culture the single rider became three riders: a daily commuter, a casual rider and BMX riders. Peopleforbikes.org was pleasantly surprised at this iteration of their ideal and the proverbial wheels starting moving for Black Swan director Nick Losq and Rabbit Content co-director Trevor McMahan.
Animation that bordered on whimsical, innocent and fun became a foundation that the final product was built on. Brian Gossett, an artist whose touch meshed well with Nick and Trevor's vision, was brought in to illustrate the elements. Under the guidance of design director Bradley Munkowitz, the unique characters began to fit into the theme of renewal: flora and fauna that would provide a stark and bright contrast to the dark and empty concrete jungle.
By building on bicycle elements (gears, pedals, handlebars, etc…) the natural elements began to take a unique shape that personified the mission. Black Swan then began the process of breathing life into these elements through animation. Landscapes were created that would serve to show a lasting and immediate change in the urban environment, as well as the generation of a convergence point where all the varied elements would coalesce into a livable space.
Keeping with the theme of nature, a park seemed to be the obvious choice as it combined the elements of lighting and concrete of an urban environment with hills, grass, blooming sunlight and a calm stream. Key to the process of execution was live testing on tech scouts. Black Swan hit the streets to scout the perfect locations in downtown Los Angeles. With some test animation the projection height, width and brightness were measured and adjusted per the initial animation tests.
In order to manifest one of the most important aspects of peopleforbikes.org, COMMUNITY, Rabbit and Black Swan set up a celebration at the point of convergence for the hero bike riders. Armed with a cadre of DJs and L.A.'s famous Koji BBQ truck, the team managed to swing a sizable crowd to witness, live, the projections that had been painstakingly put together to meet the expectations of the client.
Two long nights of shoots followed. With the collaboration of DPs Jackson+Karinja (another part of the Rabbit team), Nick and Trevor took over the streets of downtown. Fluidly moving with the bikers, they captured the fun and free spirit of the ride from the backs of vans, skateboards and free-hand Segways.
"The altruistic aspect of this job really motivated us to do great work above and beyond. Additionally, exercising our post muscles in the pre-production stage for live animation projections on shoot day was an exciting experience that, we feel, turned out to be a great success. Seeing the reactions of the gathered crowd during the shoot and watching the final project really makes me proud to be a part of this." - Nick Losq.
Line Of Sight is a rare view into underground bicycle messenger racing which has become a global phenomenon. For over a decade Lucas Brunelle has been riding with the fastest, most skilled urban cyclists around the world while capturing all the action with his customized helmet cameras to bring you along for the ride.
This is bike riding like you've never seen before, in gripping first-person perspective through the most hectic city streets, on expressways in Mexico City, over the frozen Charles River, under the Mediterranean Sea, across the Great Wall of China and deep into the jungles of Guatemala.
Directed and Edited by Benny Zenga, Line of Sight is 60 minutes of the best Lucas Brunelle footage, with titles by Futura 2000, plus extras, outtakes, and a 40 page art book featuring photography and spoke cards from a decade of Alleycat races around the world.
"Lucas Brunelle goes for it. If you want to see what it's like to play a live game of 'frogger', on a bike, with only one life, check out Line Of Sight." - Mat Hoffman
Urbandaddy asked us to create an installation for the E2NY Music and Arts festival this summer. We proposed a head to head bike race inspired by Goldsprints, but with more of a design focus. We mapped forests, foxbears and orbs to the speed of the bikes, giving the riders a sense of their speed. Riders face off against friends, enemies and strangers to see who can ride the farthest in 60 seconds. The faster the cyclist, the more environments and creatures they unlock. A lucky few even made it into space, and one guy puked.