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Old 01-16-18, 07:31 PM
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Where to find cyclists to participate in a product video

I'm filming a kickstarter/crowdfunding video for a saddle cushion and the owner has given me a handful of scenes to shoot and I'm having trouble finding participants. These are the few scenes I still need people for:
  • Elderly pair on tandem bike riding through park
  • Male teenager riding in residential area
  • Little girl on tricycle in driveway
  • Male/female racing team going into sharp turn

Where would be the best place to find these people?

The owner doesn't want me to find actors, he wants them to be real cyclists (except for the little girl, unless she's really into cycling, then great!)

If anyone on here is interested, I'm filming on February 3rd and 4th in Santa Barbara and I'm paying $50 per person for about 1 hour of work.

Thanks!
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Old 01-16-18, 07:46 PM
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If you can supply the tandem and female rider I'm in.
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Old 01-16-18, 08:52 PM
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Real cyclists will not look good on camera. That's why we have pro actors to take their place.
And.... a film shoot that only lasts one hour.....
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Old 01-17-18, 07:50 AM
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Originally Posted by trailangel View Post
Real cyclists will not look good on camera. That's why we have pro actors to take their place.
And.... a film shoot that only lasts one hour.....
Indeed. All I had to do was ride an old scooter down a road in a movie, was on site more than 12 hours.

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Old 01-17-18, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by johnje View Post
Indeed. All I had to do was ride an old scooter down a road in a movie, was on site more than 12 hours.

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There was a scene from Runaway Bride with Julia Roberts filmed near my house when I was a kid. In the movie it was a 60 second scene.

They were on site filming this scene for four days straight, easily there for 12 hours a day.

As far as finding bikers go, just go to a bike trail. Look for people who fit the look you want and get their attention. It's California. How hard can it be to find a couple decent looking people exercising? Heck, half of them are probably wanna be actors who are legit bikers.

You might have to be careful going outside the actors' unions though. Again..California. Actors everywhere. Unions everywhere. Rules everywhere.
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Old 01-17-18, 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by johnje View Post
Indeed. All I had to do was ride an old scooter down a road in a movie, was on site more than 12 hours.
Back in the 90s I, along with maybe a dozen other riders, did a PSA for a National MS Society fundraising ride. A professional crew from a TV station did the filming. The PSA ended up being about 30 seconds long, and we were not in it the entire time. Still, we were out there for something like 5 hrs. And it was really warm and muggy.
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Old 01-17-18, 10:57 AM
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Put up flyers near your local trails?
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You could also post an ad on CL, on a local cyclist facebook page, in the regional sub-forum here, and maybe local bike shops if they'll let you. Oh, you could put one in the coffee shops too.
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Old 01-18-18, 01:15 AM
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Originally Posted by chiyama View Post
I'm filming a kickstarter/crowdfunding video for a saddle cushion
A saddle cushion?!?!?!?!?!

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Old 01-18-18, 09:01 AM
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I would do it all CGI. Chewy and Hans Solo on the tandem.
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Old 01-18-18, 12:31 PM
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Lots of bike riders in Portland Oregon.. do mention how much you will be paying them for their time and bringing 'props' of their own..
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Old 01-18-18, 12:37 PM
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your last scene isn't core market for the product, so you can save time there.
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Old 01-18-18, 07:20 PM
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Originally Posted by superdex View Post
your last scene isn't core market for the product, so you can save time there.
+1

"Male/female racing team going into sharp turns" aren't after saddle cushions.
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Old 01-18-18, 08:12 PM
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your last scene isn't core market for the product, so you can save time there.
haven't you ever seen the, this is what people think I do, this is what I think I do memes?

I'd say 85% of the racing kits and racing bikes are not for racers. huge market there.

Marketing is all about convincing people to buy something, not use something.
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Old 01-19-18, 09:14 AM
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haven't you ever seen the, this is what people think I do, this is what I think I do memes?

I'd say 85% of the racing kits and racing bikes are not for racers. huge market there.

Marketing is all about convincing people to buy something, not use something.
my point is, anyone who rides more than 40mi a week won't need a saddle cushion. Which is all those wannabes you're referencing
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Old 01-19-18, 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by chiyama View Post

Where would be the best place to find these people?
Go to your local MUP on a warm weekend afternoon and flag down random people.
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my point is, anyone who rides more than 40mi a week won't need a saddle cushion. Which is all those wannabes you're referencing
apparently I've read way too many 1 star reviews. To the likes of TP rolls getting a 1 star review because they were wrapped up counter clockwise. The world has been dumbed down my friend.....
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yeah, there's that.
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Cyclists don't use saddle cushions. People do get scammed into using them because the companies that make them and the thickly padded gel saddles will tell you they are medical or super comfortable or some sort of complete B.S. and it really is not what your sit bones need and won't really relieve pressure on your perineum. Also all these cushions and covers that you are supposed to put on a saddle which you shouldn't, will slide around and just be a mess for comfort.

If you had a cool product I would be interested but another bottle of flim-flam oil is not needed we have enough of that already on the market. A lot of that crowdfunding stuff seems to be ideas that already exist on the market but are being marketed as a new cool thing. I get the whole crowdfunding for a worthy cause, that is sensible but for companies or non-companies to become companies the wrong way just doesn't have that appeal. This is nothing personal against the OP but a treatise against the crowdfunding "trend" these days.
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SAG has a hiring hall but you're to cheap to pay scale..
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