shooting out car window in cold/snow
Posted 05 September 2008 - 01:31 PM
Posted 05 September 2008 - 03:01 PM
My fav car dolly trick is to bolt the baby or high-hat to a 4' X 4' sheet of 1" plywood. Put the rig on a trunk or hood. Shim it with sections of tightly rolled carpet to level and protect the paint. Then strap it down with nylon ratchet straps. Use lots of straps in case your driver has to slam on the brakes. Wrap an old towel or use carpet scraps to keep the nylon straps from scrubbing the paint. Use a smooth riding car and deflate the tires only a little for low speed shots like follow-walks (bring a big air tank or 12V compressor). The brakes need to be smooth or the car might shimmy and you will hear that brake, stuttering thing.
It sure looks funky. But, it works fine.
Posted 12 September 2008 - 08:40 PM
But remember - safety first! Don't do anything that could get you or somebody else hurt. That's rule #1 in real world filmmaking.