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#1 acarlin

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 03:00 AM

Hi everyone,

I'll be shooting a documentary in a couple weeks and I'm trying to iron out a few logistical questions. What's the best way to shoot inside a vehicle (a large van)? Are smaller, mounted cameras the way to go? If so, what kind?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks!

/ Andrew
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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 03:55 AM

Depends on the type of shots you need and the overall style of the production.

What format are you shooting in?

Lipstick cameras are often used, but the MiniDv cameras are so small you could mount them inside the vehicle, however, you'd need to make sure that they're securely rigged.

You can shoot with the larger DVCAM & DigiBeta cameras, they're often used handheld inside vehicles on documentaries. You can also hard mount them inside, but it's bigger operation and the angles are limited. Although, if it's a production that requires continuous coverage of action inside the vehicle you'd be better with smaller cameras.
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