updated 05/20/02

Recommended practices on the Use of The Forman Camera Bicycles and other bicycles in production

[1]Insurance: Accident and liability (required).

[2] A vehicle to physically mount bicycle racks in. It is suggested that a cube van with
a wood floor be used with a unrestricted space of 6x8 feet. Bicycles are fragile and
should be treated as such. Placing or leaning anything against bicycles will cause
damage to them.

[3] Filming in traffic is very dangerous. Safety is paramount especially under wet or
slippery conditions. Be especially aware late in the day when you might be tired.
Also be alert of anything that is loose or hanging (especially wires) that can be caught
in wheels or restrict steering.

[4] Film cameras should meet the following requirements:

(a) Be pin registered for the best quality image.
(b) Have color video taps.
(c) Be able to be turned on and off remotely.
(d) Have no parts mounted that will loosen under vibration or during normal use.
(e) Weigh less than 30 pounds.
(f) Use prime lenses (zoom lenses may be used only if supported properly).

[5] Video or Digital Cinema Cameras

(a) Use prime lenses for the best quality image.
(b) Have NTSC composite out for remote finder.
(c) Be able to be turned on and off remotely.
(d) Have no parts mounted that will loosen under vibration or during normal use.
(e) Weigh less than 30 pounds.
(f) Use seperatetly mounted battery

[6] Use of Prosumer and Consumer DV cameras is not recommended.

[7] Crew requirements and suggestions:

(a) An A.C or video tech who can ride a bike.
(b) A Production assistant who is an experienced rider who can act also as a protection rider in traffic.
(c) A bicycle mechanic to be hired to service all bicycles on set (important for shoots involving more than one bike).

Return to Homepage