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Bicycles

A food production worker in a dystopian future begins to question his companies policies, and flavor department.

Ron and his coworkers pedal their stationary bicycles in a bare, windowless room; yet Ron dreams of riding his bicycle outside, happy and carefree. Even his favorite food SLOP no longer cheers him up. However, a chance encounter with a beautiful woman whose escaping the Executive Security offers Ron the opportunity to help free her, and perhaps himself as well.

  • John Lazration
    Director
  • Jack Gattanella
    Writer
  • John Lazration
    Producer
  • Jess Hand
    Producer
  • Alex Gabucci
    Producer
  • Sara Seeds
    Key Cast
  • Chris Farrell
    Key Cast
  • Peter Mabli
    Key Cast
  • Mike Hoyt
    Key Cast
  • LaQuan Carson Sr.
    Key Cast
  • Jess Hand
    Key Cast
  • Jack Gattanella
    Key Cast
  • Dennis Parks III
    Key Cast
  • Keith Knight
    Key Cast
  • Diane Cameron
    Key Cast
  • Nick Zaleski
    Key Cast
  • Kenneth Kotowski
    Director of Photography
  • Charlotte Azaceta
    Assistant Camera
  • Mike DiLorenzo
    Gaffer
  • Nicole Olivares Corona
    Make-Up
  • Dawn Lazration
    Wardrobe
  • Alex Gabucci
    Editor
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 19, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Canon C100
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Ridgewood Guild Film Festival
    Ridgewood, NJ
    April 29, 2015
  • The Golden Door International Film Festival
    Jersey City, NJ
    September 24, 2015
  • Williamsburg International Film Festival
    Brooklyn, NY
    September 26, 2015
    Best Editing
Director Biography - John Lazration

An award winning writer/director and professional video editor from New Jersey. John Lazration has worked in film and television for over a decade with an artistic passion for creative storytelling. He finished his MFA in directing in 2014 and lives with his wife and son in NJ.

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Director Statement

It has been a long, hard road that has led to this moment; the final cut. Of course it is often difficult to see the forest for the trees while deep within a production; yet, in hindsight many truths are revealed and sometimes happy accidents discovered.

Bicycles was independently produced and presented as my MFA thesis. Most of the pre-production was done by myself with a nine person production crew and all post was handled by my editor/effects artist, Alex Gabucci. This was somewhat of an ambitious production from the start, at least in terms of how I've produced my films in the past. When I first wrote the original script in the spring of 2011 I decided that I was not going to let the technicalities of a production get in the way of writing the story I wanted to tell. So I wrote what I wanted to see and immediately after thought, 'Oh no, what did I get myself into!'

With Bicycles I wanted to celebrate the "b-movie" atmosphere while tying in homages to classic influences like George Lucas' THX-1138 and Terry Gilliam's Brazil. The film is minimal in its design but still everything had to be designed from scratch and I went over the script with a fine toothed comb for the best budget scenario. Tight script breakdowns yielded a production schedule in which we were able to shoot 19 scenes in two six hour days which went off without a hitch! We did run into one major issue during set construction. My mantra now is 'measure five times and cut once' as I failed to consider the height of my studio set when designing the layout. All the preconstructed flats (30 of them built by my cousin and myself) were too tall for the space and an immediate redesign was needed. The new design ended up dropping half of the flats needed but also halved the floor space available (both sets were built within 225 sq ft!) so fewer bicycles could fit in the A Room set which left us two bicycles purchased that were no longer needed. The benefit of this though was we needed less actors to be a part of the production which also worked out well considering the low turnout during extra casting.

With the end of production I look back on this experience humbled but also filled with a new fervor about future possibilities.