In Europe’s biggest cities the war between cyclists and motorists is at its peak. Whether in Paris, London or Rome, cyclists suffer from the noise, the pollution and the danger caused by the many vehicles of the road.
Veloretti, an independent bicycle brand from Amsterdam, has decided to become the voice for these silent sufferers. When a car brushes past a cyclist, you’re likely to hear a whole tirade of expletives and this is precisely the message that Veloretti decided to convey in its latest short film. But instead of saying it out loud, they chose to say it with a bike.
The film follows a hacker who uses his bright yellow bike as a digital paintbrush and the streets of Amsterdam as his canvas. While he is zig-zagging across a city that is far from the Amsterdam we know from postcards, a mesmerising machine tracks his GPS data in real time, and reproduces the exact path of his ride on a blank sheet of paper. It’s only at the end of this 76.8km-long bike ride that we discover the result of his performance: a bold white-on-black ‘F*CK CARS’.
The technological choreography between bike and machine features a track from the UK-based artist Rival Consoles. The film will be part of an online campaign demonstrating once and for all that bicycles own the cities. Ferry Zonder, Founder of Veloretti said, "We started Veloretti not just to create the ultimate riding experience, but because we believe in cycling as the sustainable mode of transport for the future and hope to encourage people all over the world to take up cycling as an integral way to improve our environment and the way we interact with our urban landscape."
The film was created and directed as a personal project by the creative duo, the ‘G-unit’. Guillaume Roukhomovsky and Gilles Suprin, who are a creative team at Anomaly Amsterdam, produced the film with 7thfl.
Director: Guillaume Roukhomovsky
Creative directors: Guillaume Roukhomovsky and Gilles Suprin
Directors of photography: Alex Coman and Horia Ionescu
Producers: Lauren Kilby, Julia Llamas and Lio Dijkman
Veloretti: Ferry Zonder and Dien de Winter
Model: Gilles Suprin
Stunt driver: Lauren Kilby
Drone operator: Niko Koot
Music: Rival Consoles
Sound design: Wave Studios
Color grading: MPC Amsterdam
Special thanks: Blaz Verhnjak