FC: Boy And Bicycle. Directed by Ridley Scott
1: Boy and Bicycle was Ridley Scott's first short film. It was shot on 16mm film, and was in black and white. It stars Ridley's late brother Tony Scott as a boy who plays truant from school, and spends the day riding around the town and the deserted beach on his bicycle, letting his mind wander as he imagines he is the only person in the world. | The central element of the Boy and Bicycle is re-used in Scott's advert for Hovis of the early 1970s.Scott secured finance from the British Film Institute to complete the editing and sound in 1965 including a track by John Barry called "Onward Christian Spacemen''. Scott wanted to use the existing recording by Barry, but the composer was so impressed by the young filmmaker he agreed to produce a new recording for the film at limited cost.
3: The reason that I have chosen this short film to analyse is that it is a perfect example of two things; That early films in a directors catalogue can shape their films for the rest of their career, making them an Auteur, and that a successful short film can gain attention from more influential people in the media or film industry.The themes and imagery throughout 'Boy and Bicycle' ( The industrial workings and grim city) are fundamental aspects to a number of his feature films, such as 'Alien', 'Blade Runner' and 'Black Rain' Finally, due to the success of this short film, Ridley Scott was hired to direct the Bicycle Run Hovis advert in the early 1970's.