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ForcilloYou have a couple options here.
Option 1: buttboard. Get on your deck with your bony ass (as far forward as you can manage) and coast. Foot brake to stop/slow down. This only works if you're really comfortable at speed, or they're doing slower freeride.
Option 2: trunk of car. This works really well for me, you pop the trunk of a car or truck, and sit down and film as you go in front of them. You'll need another person for this of course, to drive. Ideally another to spot the speed.
Option 3: skate. If you're good at downhill yourself, I for one am not, you can just have your camera on a glide cam and follow them while actually skating.
Option 4: gopro pole mount. I absolutely loathe go pros so I never do this, but you can just follow them in a tuck with a pole mount. Pretty self explanatory.
I am not responsible for broken cameras/people.
FDMThanks for the disclaimer - gotta nice laugh out of that.
As far as out of the car shots ( which are probably the most realistic out of the 4 seeing that we are filming on DSLR's and POV Go Pros). Would maybe a hood mount or possibly moon roof shot or maybe even as far as a boom being a good option?
Also butt boarding? Safeness and speed from it?
caderobinsonAlso curious about this.
Like start the edit from the top of the hill and just have different shots of the rider going down the hill and finally ending at the bottem? Or is there a better way of organizing the shots to make an enjoyable edit?
connorwyckoffi'd say that forcillo was spot on. i made a few edits last summer before i really got into photography and editing, and i always butt boarded while i recorded. i never tried holding the go pro, as my collarbone was broke. not trying to advertise myself, but you can see what buttboarding looks like in my two edits. i never went too fast as its pretty sketchy. this summer i'm going to try to use a glide cam out of a car like suggested above.
FDMSo I went out today and did my first filming of the downhill longboarders.
Found out that tripod seems to be the way to go and just have them do a few laps change corners and angles and seemed to work well.
However, I still have yet to figure out the follow cam actions. We tried to do it out the window in the car but it was so shaky I couldn't use hardly anything. I am trying to figure out maybe some rollerbar mounts for our ski rack? IDK if anyone has any ideas for follow cams in cars.
FDMWell I have my Subaru Impreza 2007 or my friends Honda Civic from the 90's era with luggage roller bars.
plorrIf the impreza is a wagon, put the seats down and lay prone in the back of the car with the hatch propped open and kind of rest the camera on the floor of the trunk. That way you get way lower than with a tripod and its more stable than regular handheld.
I've used that technique before for shots for a car chase scene and it came out really good.
FDMActually thought about this today. It is an impreza wagon so I will have to see how that will work. As far as everything goes with camera placement we want to make sure that the camera is being supported by the car or by the hands holding in a tripod position?
plorrTry putting one hand between the lens and the car and the other holding the camera body, that way you can pan and tilt to keep the framing where you want it without it being too shaky. Or if you really wanted to get fancy devise something that you can screw a fluid head into that would keep it really low down (a slider would work well actually if you have one)
FDMFirst video bump:
Did almost all tripod shots due to the fact that they were going close to 25-45mph downhill and could take corners faster than our car.
Thoughts comments critiques are always appreciated.
connorwyckoffI thought it turned out really good! Only things I noticed, which aren't even problems, just suggestions : I'd try to get a little bit more color next time. Personally, I love using cinestyle to play with colors. And a couple shots were barely shaky, nothing bad. All of the tripod shots were on point.
Definitely a really solid edit, I liked it! That looks like a really fun place to skate.
t_nullmeyerI film longboarding all the time. I find there is a few ways to follow cam/film.
1. Buttboard- now you can either just hold the camera handheld, or use a glidecam sitting on your board. Im used to it, so ive been upwards of 40-50km/h.
2. Car follows- either use a car suction mount on the hood or back (around $70), or open the trunk and film out of that
3. Longboarding with them with handle rig or glidecam
4. Tripod shots for flyby
Wide angle will always look best, becuase it gives the illusion of going fast, and thats what we longboarders like.