Filming in a car
Posted 12 March 2008 - 03:53 AM
I think it would be good for the camera to be clamped to the front of the bonnet for a medium two shot?
But I need to know how I can film a close up side shot from the passenger and driver seat.
Would the camera have to be set at the wide angle setting? And will focussing be an issue without a video assist? Can you have a camera clamped to the the side window?
Has anyone done this using Super 8? If filming a stationery car how can I give the illusion that it is moving?
Posted 12 March 2008 - 11:07 AM
You don't need a video assist for focusing, but are you planning any in shot focus pulls? This could prove difficult unless you've fitted your camera with a geared focus ring. If not you can pre-set the focus before rolling the camera.
Posted 12 March 2008 - 02:43 PM
Is it a night shot or a daytime. Night is a bit easier to cheat. Rodney Charters does poor man's process on 24 and it looks fantastic. He shines lights into small spinning mirrors to simulate the effect of streetlights passing by. Put a bunch of random paper tape patterns over the mirrors to break up the light. You could have some other light panning back and forth as well. It also helps if you can shake the car a bit with a pole under the car. On 24 they use rear projection in the background of a moving street. These projectors can be very expensive however.
Posted 14 March 2008 - 03:49 PM
Posted 20 March 2008 - 10:10 AM
I used a suction cup on the windshield and then clamped to the hand bar and the front seat.
I mounted a battery powered HMI to the cheese plate with the camera.
Posted 01 April 2008 - 06:55 AM
As to the night stuff, you'll need to add interior lighting to get anything, and you may want to look for a stetch of road that does have some ambient light, or add some cars going by in the opposite direction, just to add some light, reflections and pizazz to the scene.
Also, if you and your crew are new to this, let your grip build and test his rigs prior to the shooting day. It may save you hours on set.