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Old February 15th, 2011, 11:38 PM   #1
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Advice on shooting a car chase

Not sure if this is the best place for this, but here goes!

So I'm gearing up to shoot my senior short and our script calls for a car chase. My producer really wants to film most of the chase scene from the cars rather than from the sides of the road. We don't have access to a trailer to put the car onto, so I'm trying to figure out other ways we can rig cameras to shoot this.

Here's what we have available to us for equipment/rigging:
EX-3, 5DMk2, and PMW-350
16' and 12' jibs, C-stands, Magic arms

We have a decent budget to so we can borrow/rent some extra equipment.

My best ideas so far have been:

Putting one of the jibs in the back of a pickup and using it as a chase car
Suction Cups + Magic Arms to mount the 5D on the car itself somewhere

Never done anything like this before so any help would definitely be appreciated!
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Old July 15th, 2011, 05:05 PM   #2
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Re: Advice on shooting a car chase

Tim, here's a method I devised. Cost is about $5 for the steel. Then it just needs two holes drilled (one for the hitch pin and one for the camera) and to be shaved a little where it slides into the trailer hitch. Best of luck.

http://www.dvinfo.net/forum/support-...es-motion.html
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Old July 15th, 2011, 06:38 PM   #3
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Re: Advice on shooting a car chase

What are you looking to output in?

Depending on what you are outputting, shoot in 1080p, stabilize, and output accordingly.

If you have access to a jib, mounting it in the back of a pickup wouldn't be a bad idea. Secure it tightly, and have some practice with it. When it comes to dampening the road motion, a jib helps a lot if you have the feel for it and if you weight it according to your own feel it should be useful. It really comes down to feel and skill. Try not actually getting the jib balanced, but I would let the camera end be a bit heavier and just use a bit of effort to keep it stable while letting it dip from road motion.

A little trick I did for stabilizing in post was putting a little green dot on the front of a car as the stabilization point and just clone it out in AE after I stabilized it and then reintroduce the camera jitter with some camera smoothing.

Obviously you want to deal with this as much as you can in the camera as stabilized footage with motion blur really doesn't cut it haha
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Old August 21st, 2011, 05:36 PM   #4
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Re: Advice on shooting a car chase

I'd see if you could get a steadicam and operator for the wider shots and then use the arms and suction cups with the 5d and a wide angle lens for the tight shots.
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Old August 22nd, 2011, 09:35 AM   #5
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This might interest you a little. They do not show the construction method of their mount. The mounted a Canon digital SLR.


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