Car commercial question
Posted 11 June 2007 - 12:54 PM
What I finally figured out is, shoot Super 35, allowing space left and right for a little error. When you get the perfect take for the spin, which means the car ends up facing camera correctly, you've got it, even if the car missed its ideal mark, because you are going to correct that position in post with a bit of pan and scan, and pushing in on the image until you have that perfect final composition. (The background on these shots is usually pretty abstract, so if you make your pan adjustments to place the car center frame, who's to notice?)
I mentioned my theory to a film buff, and he said, no, these guys are so good they can actually hit the exact mark when they spin to a stop. Not very damn likely, I'm thinking, so I like my explanation, and I would hope there are some experienced commercial folks who can tell me I'm right, or prepare to eat crow.
If you can back up your answer with a few commercial credits, that would be great. He is really a hard sell.
Posted 11 June 2007 - 01:04 PM
Posted 11 June 2007 - 01:46 PM
Edited by Evan Winter, 11 June 2007 - 01:48 PM.
Posted 11 June 2007 - 11:24 PM
Posted 11 June 2007 - 11:46 PM
Let me tell you about the time I went down the hill past corner 11 at Road Atlanta backwards TWICE in a Lotus Elan steering in the mirrors to keep the car on the track. Did it twice before I figured out what I was doing wrong. Or the time I got so far off the course at Elkhart Lake at 160 mph that I should have brought a tent and gone camping. Got back on the course without stopping, and got my heart out of my mouth and back where it belonged at a later time.
And you think film-making is nuts?
A disclaimer: I wouldn't try a hand brake turn in an SUV - they tend to be top heavy, if you did it exactly right you'd pull it off, if not you may put the beast on its roof.
Posted 14 June 2007 - 01:41 PM
For a front wheel drive car where the emergency acts on the front wheels,
Huh? Never had one of them.......
As was said, precision drivers really are that good......