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#1 Thomas Mateer

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 10:10 AM

Hey guys,

I was wondering how Darren Aronofsky gets the camera angle from in front of the actor while they are walking. He uses this technique in Pi when Max is walking around the streets of New York, and in Requiem for a Dream for just about ever character. If you don't know what I'm talking about here is a scene where it is used... (0:52-1:15). It looks as if there is a tripod strapped to his waist or something. Anyone know how to get this shot? Thanks in advance!
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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 11:10 AM

Most likely a DogieCam Body mount (or similar) system
http://www.doggicam.com/
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#3 Scott Fritzshall

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 11:59 AM

SnorriCam!
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#4 Rod Otaviano

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 12:12 PM

There's also a good example of this technique in the opening sequence of "Seconds" (1966) from John Frankenheimer. Good movie.
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#5 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 12:15 PM

Or the entire Mick Jagger God Gave Me Everything I want video.
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#6 Thomas Mateer

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 07:58 PM

Thanks a bunch guys!
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#7 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 09:16 PM

I don't know why, but I've always found body mount shots annoying. I think it's because it's such an unnatural POV it draws me out of the story and makes me pay attention to the shot. I guess, I just always felt that if you're paying attention to the camera movement and not the story, you're defeating the purpose of cinema. Just my own personal opinion.
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#8 Leo Anthony Vale

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 06:06 PM

I don't know why, but I've always found body mount shots annoying. I think it's because it's such an unnatural POV it draws me out of the story and makes me pay attention to the shot. I guess, I just always felt that if you're paying attention to the camera movement and not the story, you're defeating the purpose of cinema. Just my own personal opinion.


Camera movements should be a form of visual music.
Think of them as instrumental solos between the vocals.

Though body mount shots are among the trippiest ones.

While M.Balsam falling backwards down the stairs in 'Pyscho' isn't actually a body mount shot it has a similar effect and works well.
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#9 Igor Trajkovski

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 06:27 PM

A low-tek way of doing it is with a tripod:

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That's me preparing the MC for his performance in the music video.


Here's a screengrab:

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Regards

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Edited by Igor Trajkovski, 19 November 2009 - 06:29 PM.

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#10 Rob Petersen

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 03:42 PM

Funny, I JUST rigged my own setup to do this about four days ago. I'm shooting a video for a contest where I wore the device for a whole day and did a time lapse so it all fit into about two minutes. I used sturdy backpack with a tripod strapped to it (make sure it's tight, I had to use a lot of gaff tape as well) then wore the backpack backwards. It looked cheesy, but it worked perfectly. It didn't shift once the whole day.
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#11 Rob Petersen

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 11:11 PM

Also, I wasn't recommending that for professional shoots or anything, it's just a no-budget solution that worked for me.
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