I'm shooting a short film next month that has a few bicycling sequences, involving two characters - an older man and a younger boy. I'm working on finding an affordable, safe method that will give good results. I am shooting RED EPIC with Zeiss UP. A few notes about the coverage the director hopes to achieve:
- Wide Shots in front of characters (biking towards camera)
- closer shots (shoulder up MCU) on faces
- wide shots on characters back (following from behind)
- Profile bicycles on sidewalks
A few factors to consider: the characters are going to be biking pretty slowly / casually. We are shooting in a small southern town, and the locations are all pretty smooth and well paved.
This is a college thesis film, we're students so think micro with the budget. We have access to friends pick up trucks (and other automobiles). So my current plan of attack is to shoot from the bed of a pick-up truck. I was thinking securing a high hat and stabilizing with sand bags and ratchet straps. Here are the questions that arise:
Is this approach the best given the budget restraints? Has anyone used a different method they would like to share?
Going with this approach, what is the best way to stabilze a RED EPIC to a truck bed that will minimilize bump and shake and still allow me to operate and follow the action taking place?
Does anyone have any pictures of rigs like this? I would love to see a concrete example of what I'm trying to achieve.
Any adive for shooting the shots from behind the bicyclists - the only thing I could think of would be to drive the truck in reverse...
I apoligize if this topic has already been discussed. I searched through the forums but didn't come across any results.
ALSO: Here's a video with great smooth shots, it's a skateboard but I imagine the bicycles will move at a similar speed. -- -- wonder how this was done?