Track bike needed for film set - Sydney

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Track bike needed for film set - Sydney

Postby Johnj » Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:00 pm

I've just had an enquiry from a set designer wanting a track bike, 1920s-30s for a film set in Sydney. It's needed for two weeks from next Monday. They want something nice and shiny, it won't be ridden. Contact details below.

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Re: Track bike needed for film set - Sydney

Postby barkmadly » Sun Aug 24, 2014 7:16 pm

A good idea to use the forum to source props however I highly doubt a collector would hire their prized 'near perfect' 90 year old bike for such a purpose.
Better to 'cheat' more modern bike.
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Re: Track bike needed for film set - Sydney

Postby Johnj » Sun Aug 24, 2014 11:11 pm

barkmadly wrote:A good idea to use the forum to source props however I highly doubt a collector would hire their prized 'near perfect' 90 year old bike for such a purpose.
Better to 'cheat' more modern bike.

Yes, I tend to agree Mark. I'm also not aware of too many owners of 20s-30s bikes who would restore to immaculate condition. In another email I was told that they wanted a bike that could display like an "artwork".

"I've just taken the Van Gogh down to the powdercoaters, I want it nice and shiny when someone comes to visit."
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Re: Track bike needed for film set - Sydney

Postby mark field » Mon Aug 25, 2014 11:52 am

barkmadly wrote:A good idea to use the forum to source props however I highly doubt a collector would hire their prized 'near perfect' 90 year old bike for such a purpose.
Better to 'cheat' more modern bike.


they pay well, i used to sell diving boards, pool slides and trampolines and often these would be hired out and they would pay well- like they have an endless amount of $$$$$ to throw around. if you have the right bike you could name your price.
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Re: Track bike needed for film set - Sydney

Postby morini » Mon Aug 25, 2014 3:50 pm

Agree with Mark. I was involved with finding a film production company 2 rowing 8's, a couple of tinnies and 16 school rowers for a Japanese beer ad once. I made a grand sitting around in the catering tent and the school made a small fortune for it's trouble. Well worth it if you ask me.
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Re: Track bike needed for film set - Sydney

Postby duncan16v » Mon Aug 25, 2014 3:55 pm

On the other hand, one of my cars was used by a film crew. The director decided he preferred English style number plates on it so stuck 'em on with double sided sticky tape. Removing the plates took a chunk of paint off which they refused to fix - and what I made on the rental didn't cover the cost of repair. Make sure you document the condition of your bike thoroughly and get them to agree to making good any damage - in writing.
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Re: Track bike needed for film set - Sydney

Postby morini » Mon Aug 25, 2014 4:46 pm

Always pays to be careful of course.........
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Re: Track bike needed for film set - Sydney

Postby duncan16v » Mon Aug 25, 2014 6:40 pm

Generally, the props guys are really good and super careful, but your mileage may vary.
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Re: Track bike needed for film set - Sydney

Postby Typhoon Ken » Mon Aug 25, 2014 6:59 pm

I contacted them to see what they wanted and was told they have got a bike already
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Re: Track bike needed for film set - Sydney

Postby barkmadly » Tue Aug 26, 2014 3:09 pm

My perspective is a little different - I collect ancient bikes and I work in the Film & TV industry.
I rented to myself a few bikes for a Alfa Romeo commercial earlier this year.
I looked after the bikes and I made sure I paid myself the going rate. There were no complaints from either party.
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Re: Track bike needed for film set - Sydney

Postby Imwit » Tue Aug 26, 2014 8:58 pm

Lol. No conflict of interest there.
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Re: Track bike needed for film set - Sydney

Postby yugyug » Wed Aug 27, 2014 5:11 am

barkmadly wrote:My perspective is a little different - I collect ancient bikes and I work in the Film & TV industry.
I rented to myself a few bikes for a Alfa Romeo commercial earlier this year.
I looked after the bikes and I made sure I paid myself the going rate. There were no complaints from either party.


I like old bikes AND Alfa Romeos. Got a link to the ad?
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Re: Track bike needed for film set - Sydney

Postby mark field » Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:49 am

barkmadly wrote:My perspective is a little different - I collect ancient bikes and I work in the Film & TV industry.
I rented to myself a few bikes for a Alfa Romeo commercial earlier this year.
I looked after the bikes and I made sure I paid myself the going rate. There were no complaints from either party.


did you include the finders fee for your efforts in locating said bikes :wink:
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Re: Track bike needed for film set - Sydney

Postby utedeej » Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:30 am

This one?

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Re: Track bike needed for film set - Sydney

Postby morini » Thu Aug 28, 2014 12:04 pm

Alfa do have a sense of humour.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrdKr-p3fWc
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Re: Track bike needed for film set - Sydney

Postby barkmadly » Thu Aug 28, 2014 7:32 pm

That's the one. The three bikes ranged from 1905 to 1948 so they were wildly inaccurate but as props but they looked 'right'.
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Re: Track bike needed for film set - Sydney

Postby mark field » Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:01 am

that crying woman- if she was mine i would jump in that car and get as far away from her as possible. who needs that in their life?
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Re: Track bike needed for film set - Sydney

Postby Typhoon Ken » Sat Aug 30, 2014 9:19 am

mark field wrote:that crying woman- if she was mine i would jump in that car and get as far away from her as possible. who needs that in their life?

I hear you Mark.
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