Final cut finished!

Final cut link is here.

Thanks to all the people involved! Rivendell Bicycle Works, the instructors for LMW2a 1311, and everyone else that contributed to the project. It’s been a long hard road that I had to sometimes go alone on. I hope it lives up to expectations.

Finishing up odds and ends before this site is archived and I can no longer edit it…

Thanks everyone!

Michael Tam


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Finishing up.

The last days of the project are upon us. Going to be tidying up a bit here and there if I have the time, and then upload the final cut to the website. It’s been a crazy journey.

Interview questions.

Some questions we have prepared for the interview, which we are trying to keep short to fit within the documentary time window.

Grant Petersen

  • Rivendell didn’t just start up by itself. How did it happen, and what major struggles did you face?
  • The artistic touches you put into the bikes show a lot of detail and care—can you describe the process of creation?
  • RBW has a lot of your personality in its products. What made you select things like poetry books, pine tar soap, and hatchets?
  • What is your proudest accomplishment at RBW?
  • What is the funniest thing that happened at RBW?

Riv People

  • What positive impact has RBW had on your life?
  • There seems to be a lot of Grant’s influence within RBW, can you describe

    some things that really seem to have his mark on them?

  • What is the funniest thing that happened at RBW

The approach for our documentary to be.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe film’s style will be that of a collection of memories and thoughts, outside of real time, except for the ending, where it is brought to the present situation. Set in a warm, light tone, with melodies of folk acoustic guitar and cheery bicycle sounds. It should be clean, simple and to the point. Default font is Georgia.

Most of the film will comprise of video and stills as the visual component. Use of fancy motion graphics is to be kept to a minimum, as it doesn’t reflect the tone.

The film will be seen through the eyes of the narrator, starting by his introduction, then presenting his bicycle, which then quickly sets the stage with questions about why he purchased it.

Cut to the past where, the narrator is searching for the bicycle he’s been looking for, but unable to find.

The story then leads to the discovery of Rivendell Bicycle Works (RBW), slowly revealing shared thoughts and ideas that bring the narrator and RBW together. Also the quirkiness of the company it brought in as a sticking point for character and humor.

The bicycle is of course, purchased, but thoughts linger on the company that the narrator bought the bike from.

The film will then focus on the origins of RBW, its founder, and its reasons for continuing.

After that, the conclusion will sum up everything at this point, and then the film will end on a note of the speculative future of RBW.