Cycling in Melbourne Australia
Hi, I'm a student making a short 30 second film about cyclists being hit by car doors. Any suggestions are appreciated.
Here's a brief description of the video.
starts with a cyclists sitting by the curb hurt, fades to black.
flash back reverse shot of cyclist being hit when car door opens.
stops at cyclists riding "safely" on left side of road.
cyclists cycling down road hits by car door opening. (slowed to fill up time to reach 30 secs)
as cyclists hits floor, fade to black showing text. "it takes 3 seconds to look at mirror. Don't Door Me"
fades to black.
You could also include something about not riding in the dooring zone. Car drivers and passengers will always open their doors without looking, as far as I can see they're never going to change. You just have to expect a door to open every time you pass a car.
Also you could give some more explanation about how dangerous getting hit by a door is: it's not the impact that's the worst part - unless someone is really tanking along that's not what will kill them, it's the way that it tends to throw the rider off into the path of oncoming traffic. I got doored while riding at fairly low speed. The door caught my left handlebar, which had the effect of pulling my front wheel to the left and neatly flipping me off to the right. I was lucky - the car that I got knocked into was already next to me, and also going fairly slowly. If it had been coming along a fraction of a second later I would have been down on the road in front of it.
Good luck with it.
What about cyclist leaps up after knockdown, pulls out AK47 & hoses down driver? Seems like a reasonable response to me & would give drivers an idea of how it feels to be so vulnerable.
Well, maybe not.
Cyclists can generally see a bit of movement in the mirror of a parked car, it is one of the warning signs of impending door opening; perhaps you could mention...".I can see you in the mirror, why can't you see me?"
PS who is your stunt rider?
Starts with motorist sitting by the curb, puzzled look on his face
Pans across to car parked with door missing and entire driver side crushed in
cut to large maori riding home, big smile on his face, car door tucked under his arm
... similar to the last three or four points in the original posting
cyclist riding "safely" spots door ahead
cyclist pushes magic button on handlebars
bicycle metamorphoses into semi-trailer and removes offending door
semi driver pushes magic button on steering wheel
semi-trailer metamorphoses back into bicycle
cyclist continues on his way
I like the concept and to clarify "safely down the left" it should show the cyclist in the bicycle lane with their right-hand bar JUST inside the cycle lane (this the "outside the door zone" mentioned earlier.) Open with the hurt cyclist being tended by a paramedic, it's harder hitting, and don't run the reverse shot, use the time to develop the driver and cyclist characters.
Don't try to create the actual crash, car doors are hard, real stunt operators are expensive and hospital bills and law suits make stunt operators look like small change. Stopping just short of the door, but looking like the rider has hit the door leaves the carnage to the imagination (Walt Disney knew this, John Ford knew this, Alfred Hitchcock knew this) and this will shock the audience more, even today, audiences imagine the worst.
Maybe two versions of the same film, one with a cycle lane and one with the cyclist in a road lane which opens with a bicycle and a leg showing from under the front of a truck. When you have a message punch hard and sell the sizzle, not the steak.
Monash have some stats about doorings being the significant cause of cycle crashes. Hunt their data out and use a one liner from that in your "Don't Door Me" tag line.
cyclist riding up swanston street, taxi pulls in to kerb but on extreme angle , flings open door
cyclist had made changes in direction to avoid taxi but door being flung open meant additional evasive action was required
of course, the road was a little damp and there are tram tracks ...
cyclist hits road - cyclist did not hit taxi driver despite the hilarity of the situation to the driver
I still suffer twinges in my shoulder today