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#1 Timothy David Orme

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 10:18 AM

For the next movie I'm shooting, I'm going to need the shot of two people riding a bike down the street. I'd like to get a smooth shot of that as taken from a car in front of them. But, I dont' know how to get that shot. Do I mount a car mount to the back of the car and shoot it that way? What other options do I have?
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Posted 23 March 2007 - 10:57 AM

Car mount would work. I did a similar shot a few years ago with two people driving a golf cart. I put the camera on a tripod in the back of a mini van with the rear door open. This worked surprisingly well, and if you have access to a van that would work, I think it would be a lot cheaper too.
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Posted 23 March 2007 - 11:44 AM

Car mount would work. I did a similar shot a few years ago with two people driving a golf cart. I put the camera on a tripod in the back of a mini van with the rear door open. This worked surprisingly well, and if you have access to a van that would work, I think it would be a lot cheaper too.



Did you do anything to stabilize the camera so it wouldn't bounce around? That's the only thing I'm worried about.

Thanks.
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Posted 23 March 2007 - 07:39 PM

depending on how fast they are riding.

use a golf cart or gator and shoot from the back of it. We did this for the shot in Black snake moan where CR walked down the road with the combine behind her. you can go hand held if the cameraman can take it or you can get a steadicam vehicle mount and ise a steadicam off the back of the cart.

Or and this is what makes us grips sweat. If they are going slow you can have the dolly grip pull you on a western dolly. this can be very exhausting to do repeated takes.

The best way is really the gator ( a gas powered farm vehicle) it is rentable almost anywhere and it can go pretty fast. (yamaha, kubota, john deer and honda make different models).

I have even put a Jimmy jib in the back of one. it all depends on your budget and time and all those other factors that you want to make artistic choices for.
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Posted 24 March 2007 - 01:42 AM

I do this out of the back of a van or pickup truck all the time. You can go handheld or on sticks; whatever suits your style. Just be sure to secure the equipment (and the operator) to the vehicle to prevent accidents.

For audio I've used wireless lavs on the riders. They usually don't pick up motor noise from the camera car.
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#6 Timothy David Orme

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Posted 24 March 2007 - 10:11 AM

Thanks everybody. Sounds like it's not as difficult of a shot as I thought. We'll make it work.

Although I'm guessing it's not legal to drive a golf cart down the road...
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Posted 25 March 2007 - 01:20 PM

Thanks everybody. Sounds like it's not as difficult of a shot as I thought. We'll make it work.

Although I'm guessing it's not legal to drive a golf cart down the road...



If you are shooting from a car you should have a police escort to control traffic. the police are very helpful when doing shots on the roadways. contact your local film office for assistance. or if you dont have a film office contact the local PD directly and they will more than likely be very helpful. either way you should contact the police for the safety of your actors, and your own sanity of trying to do a shot on an uncontrolled roadway.

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 03:23 PM

I've also heard of people using a wheelchair for dolly shots like this.
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Posted 26 March 2007 - 03:26 PM

scout the road surface find a smooth stretch without chuck holes or patches to get smooth movement. Letting out some of the tires air will also help smooth things up. Mount the tripod in the back of the vehicle on balls of foam yes like packing foam or even bubble wrap to remove vibration.

If the road which you must use is not so smooth the hire a steadicam op with a trailer hitch vehicle mount or use a mule (like a gator by kawasaki better vehicle faster) and hard mount the steadicam to that. Be sure to put up some ply etc to block the wind off the rig. This works very well from vans and suvs because there is practically no wind on the rig. If long lenses is essential then be sure the Steadi op has gyros in the kit.
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#10 Timothy David Orme

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Posted 26 March 2007 - 05:45 PM

You know, I saw BLACK SNAKE MOAN, and I really liked those shots, so that's a lot of what I'm looking for. Thanks for your input.

On quite a few shoots I've had to contact the PD to inform them I'm shooting, but I've yet to have to contact them and request any help. Do they normally charge for their services or is this something they consider part of their 'duties?' I guess that could depend on the city though, huh...
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Posted 01 April 2007 - 11:22 PM

For the next movie I'm shooting, I'm going to need the shot of two people riding a bike down the street. I'd like to get a smooth shot of that as taken from a car in front of them. But, I dont' know how to get that shot. Do I mount a car mount to the back of the car and shoot it that way? What other options do I have?


If you're not recording dialogue you could slight overcrank to smooth out the bumps.
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#12 Nick LoCicero

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Posted 07 June 2007 - 06:25 AM

For the next movie I'm shooting, I'm going to need the shot of two people riding a bike down the street. I'd like to get a smooth shot of that as taken from a car in front of them. But, I dont' know how to get that shot. Do I mount a car mount to the back of the car and shoot it that way? What other options do I have?


If you end up using a van, make sure to deflate the tires a little bit. It will be that much smoother.

Cheers!
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Posted 09 June 2007 - 10:02 AM

I've seen steadi-cam ops sitting backwards on the backs of trucks and even horses to get this kind of shot.
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Posted 20 June 2007 - 04:54 PM

I've seen steadi-cam ops sitting backwards on the backs of trucks and even horses to get this kind of shot.


Just did this on a music video this past weekend.
Great results, but it was very hard for the steadi op to move around in the back. And this was a cargo van, not a mini van.
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