The Biking Situation
By Danny Xu '19
If you have been on the street of Georgetown recently, you probably have seen some interestingly colored bikes parked on the sidewalk. If you take a closer look, they always have some sort of instructions written on the frame and a QR code on the rear mudguard. Then, these bikes are probably part of the bike share phenomenon that is spreading around the world. Companies like mobike, ofo, limebike and etc. have been introducing their signature colored bikes in many major cities in the US and many other European countries. However, this new generation of bike share most likely started in China few months ago.
When I went back to China in July this year, the street looked totally different. On just about every sidewalk, I would see arrays of these meticulously colored bikes. In order to capture how these bikes work, the impact of the movement and the debate over this phenomenon, I decided to dive into the subject of bike share and make a movie about it for my summer art fellowship.
In the process of making this movie, I used a GoPro Hero 5 camera. Due to its small size and versatile functions, I was able to manipulate in between time lapse, slow motion and various other techniques easily in the filming process. After a comprehensive review of how the bikes worked, I did some research on the debate over the advantages and disadvantages over the biking phenomenon. In the movie, I tried to present the idea of reducing the use of private vehicles and the controversy over vandalism, corporate competition and the blocking of city streets.
The filmmaking process was quite challenging in terms of making the movie concise while creating a compelling story. However, it was the struggle of piecing together the narration that I hold most precious after completing the project. I would like to thank the Parents Association, Mr. Sturtevant, my parents and all the people who helped me along the way. I would definitely try to continue creating more of these short films on different aspects of my life in the future.
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