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Bicycle Messengers (2006)

Animation blends with documentary footage of traffic in Manhattan in this homage to bicycle messengers. A voice-over narrator describes the importance of their work, moving things from ... See full summary »

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Joshua Frankel

Writer:

Joshua Frankel
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Cast

Credited cast:
Frank Boudreaux Frank Boudreaux ... Doorer
Michael Conforti Michael Conforti ... Narrator (voice)
Simon Gerson Simon Gerson ... Happy Executive
Jess McLeod Jess McLeod ... Ms. Elevator Executive
Daniel Ibsen Morales Daniel Ibsen Morales ... Mr. Elevator Executive
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Animation blends with documentary footage of traffic in Manhattan in this homage to bicycle messengers. A voice-over narrator describes the importance of their work, moving things from point A to point B in Manhattan faster than any other physical medium. Experienced messengers can deliver 40 packages a day and see 15 seconds into the future. They are constantly triaging, factoring delivery priorities with distance, construction activity, and traffic patterns. They risk life and limb daily for their clients, city, and self. As he speaks, we watch several messengers manage traffic, elevators, and peril. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Animation | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 2006 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$15,000 (estimated)
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Earthworm Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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An odd little documentary
28 February 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This short film is a homage to the lowly big city messengers. While this is generally seen as a low-skill and unrewarding job, this film manages to elevate this job in stature by using a deadly serious style of narration--much like someone narrating an army recruitment advertisement. Some of this seemed reasonable--after all, while not getting much glory or appreciation, they do a valuable job. However, at times I felt that although the serious tone wasn't intended to be funny, it was in a way because it was it was done with such sincerity and solemnity. I'm sure messengers will love this--others might not.

Now as for the artwork and style of the cinematography, that was the greatest strength of the film. While everyone else appeared normal, the messenger was digitized and appeared in cell-shaded graphics like a PS2 character! This was very striking and gave the film some style.

All in all, not a great documentary, but for what it was it was effective and got my attention. I do think a more casual narration style that didn't make the job sound like it was always a matter of life and death might have helped make it a slightly better film.


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