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#1 Daniel Arriola

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Posted 15 December 2014 - 12:57 PM

Hello everyone
I'm doing some tests for a future (low budget) short film right now. One of the scenes calls for a few shots of the main actor inside a car (driver side), so I need to mount a rig. What do you think is the cheapest way to do it? The car won't be travelling faster than 35mph. The camera is a Canon HF G20 (kind of a crash cam, just in case)

Thank you very much, all replies are welcome!
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Posted 30 December 2014 - 05:24 PM

The Best way to rig a camera on a car is the most efficient way that gets the shot safely.

 

 

35 mph to the camera looks a lot faster than it is. 

 

What do you want to see in the frame?  how wide do you want to see?  hand held?  stabilized?  


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#3 Daniel Arriola

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Posted 31 December 2014 - 01:27 PM

The Best way to rig a camera on a car is the most efficient way that gets the shot safely.
 
 
35 mph to the camera looks a lot faster than it is. 
 
What do you want to see in the frame?  how wide do you want to see?  hand held?  stabilized?


Thanks for replying. The shot I have in mind is wide. I intend to see the whole driver's window covering about two thirds of the frame (horizontally) and a little of the windshield (to create tree reflections) because our road has lots of trees. I think it would look better if it's stabilized.

Thank you and sorry for my bad english/poor knowledge I'm not very experienced yet!
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Posted 05 January 2015 - 04:13 PM

This sounds like either a hostess tray( framing out the bottom edge of the window for the hostess tray) or a Process Trailer.   To get the full view of the door/windscreen the camera has to be back away from the car.  The Safest way is the process trailer.  the car is towed on a trailer and the camera can be positioned easily on the trailer deck with either a dolly or a set of sticks.  

 

I try to limit actors driving with any kind of mount for safety concerns. It is easy to forget about the 2+ feet of gear sticking out the side of a moving car.  Dangerous for everyone in the vicinity.  


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#5 Daniel Arriola

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Posted 07 January 2015 - 01:13 PM

Thanks for your reply Robert! I think I will go for the hostess tray because I'm on a budget; also I don't think there's any process trailer available here in my country.

Btw I think it's cool for my actor to drive the car because it's a wide road and there won't be any other cars around.

Have a nice day!
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Posted 07 January 2015 - 05:26 PM

Please utilize a security officer to control the road for safety.  Even if it is just intermittent control of the road, it is important for safety.


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