As a filmmaker I am constantly inspired by other filmmakers and films. I was inspired by a few different filmmakers during the creation of Career Courier. One that stands out is Sergio Leone. The great Italian filmmaker who directed¬†The Good, The Bad and The Ugly with Clint Eastwood. In the opening scene a cowboy’s head pops in the screen and takes up nearly the entire screen. All you see are his eyes. In most of my interview’s I tried cropping in on my subjects eye’s as tight as I could. Below is a still from one of Squid’s interview’s in lower Manhattan.

Continental Road Tires

Squid

The other aspect of the job and lifestyle I wanted to capture with extreme close up shots on the bike. ¬†I didn’t go into great detail on verbally describing the bikes messengers bike, but rather just tried to get as personal of a shot on each messengers bike I could. When your bike is as big of a part of your life as a messenger’s bike is, you know every bolt, nut and speck of dirt on your bike. I once came out of a building, jumped on my bike and took off. When I went into a corner really fast I touched my breaks and about flew off my bike. I knew exactly how tight my brakes WERE. Yet a homeless man I knew thought it would be a service to me if he tightened my brakes up a little for me when I wasn’t around.

Pedal-Brakes

Pedal-Brakes

I have said this a few other times in my blog, but I can’t say enough how many great angles I shot by simply taping my camera to the end of my wife’s broom handle. (She was out of town.) Rick couldn’t stop laughing and I couldn’t stop filming. Made for some good clips.

Low Profile Shot

Low Profile Shot