Casey Stein fell into shooting at a very young age thanks to the influence of late 90’s skateboarding videos, and soon branched out to explore narrative storytelling and photography. His approach to shooting is direct, character driven, and motivated. Casey has been photographing narrative and commercial films for eight years. He’s a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and you might spot him riding over the Williamsburg Bridge on his bike.
When did you make this film?
Filmed in May 2012 and finished editing in 2013.
What was this project for?
A personal project. I’ve been a cyclist my entire life and I felt I owed a little praise and gratitude to my bike.
What is the story behind the film?
Boy On A Bike follows Henry throughout his life — interweaving the various companions along the way, the most important of which being his bicycle. Told from sunrise to sunset, in one day, the story shows the three women in Henry’s life. We shot for 2 days in Mohegan Lake, New York, and Rutherford, New Jersey. We had two hundred feet of dolly track running along these streets. It was an impressive display of steel to say the least!
What equipment do you use?
RED Scarlet-X with Zeiss ZF primes. Basic support gear. We lit one scene using a 1.2 HMI as our key and let the natural daylight be our fill. The film takes place from sunrise to sunset in one day, and we followed that pretty closely. Due to permitting issues, we had to lay 180 feet of dolly track to achieve the long tracking shots. Shout out to Andrew Greigo for pushing our dolly back and forth so many times.
What do you think made this project stand out to the judges?
I think it stands out because it’s honest and relatable. The idea formulated organically and once I had something somewhat linear, I felt this constant pressure internally to make it. But more to the point, I think everyone can relate to it in some facet; from the familial aspect to the obvious cycling element — I’d like to think it’s a bit timeless. I was taught that to make something all it can be, your heart has to be in it first and that was my approach from day one.