How to shoot a driving car

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[text_output]To shoot a car while driving is pretty difficult. You have to be very concentrated and the driver of the camera car und movie car should also be very secure about what they are doing.

Please never do this on an open road without permission and with oncoming traffic! [/text_output]

WHAT YOU NEED

[line style=”margin-bottom: 66px”][text_output]To get great steady shots on any street you have to use Stabilizers. I know, there are lots of great stabilization plugins for post production but if your footage is too shaky (and thats quite possible if you hold a 2kg camera out of a driving car), the post-stabilization will destroy your footage with ugly warps and distortions.

If you want a cinematic feeling, you have to shoot as steady as possible right on the set to get better quality, with less shakes. If you archived footage like this, or decent footage with small shakes, you can add the post-stabilization to get rid of the last movements in post (if you want).

Tipp: Shakes can also be very cool for action scenes.[/text_output][line style=”margin-bottom: 66px”]

STEADYCAM

[text_output]I’ve used a Steadycam with a armbrace for my latest shoot with some musclecars (left picture). The armbrace helps to hold the steadycam with less effort, but it won’t hold all the weight, it just fixes your wrist so it cant move anymore. A downpoint on the steadycam is that you have to have some experiences with balancing it and controling the movement of the camera (left and right movement) while trying to touch it as less as possible (would affect the stabilization).[/text_output][image src=”2102″]

GIMBAL

[text_output]Another method (maybe the better/easyier way, but more expensive) is to use a gimbal (right picture). A gimbal does the stabilization on its own, you just have to hold it out of the car. Some gimbals, like the DJI Ronin, come with a Remote so 1 can hold the Gimbal while the other person controls the camera movement via Remote. The negative point on the Gimbal is that its own weight is much more then the Steadycam (so your arm may fall off) and you have no stabilization on the Y axis which means you have to be very steady for up and down movements.[/text_output][image src=”2103″]

HOW TO SHOOT

CAMERA POSITION

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[text_output]Place yourself wit the Steadycam or Gimbal in the trunk of your car. Put your butt inside of the trunk and your legs out of the car (over the trunk sill). Lean yourself forward and hold the steadycam/gimbal outside of the trunk – that its above the street (don’t let it fall). Keep in mind that your body center of gravity is inside the trunk and not outside – to prevent falling outside of the car if the driver speed up.

Small Tip: Place some kind of anti-slip mat into the trunk to prevent slipping from left to right when the camera car drives some harsh curves (had this last time and it was very painful…).[/text_output]

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SAFETY

[line style=”margin-bottom: 66px”][text_output]Don’t use a car as camera car that doesn’t have a trunk sill. If you car doens’t have it, you have to strap your camera operator to some seats or other stuff to prevent falling out of the car.

The trunk sill is very helpful. If you use it like i told you in the step before, you’ll be pretty secure by placing your body center of gravity inside the car and NOT above the trunk sill.

Max. Speed: You have to discover the maximum speed by yourself. Test it our till your camera operator says its too fast to operate the camera or feel comfortable. Better: You operator should say if you can drive safter or slover, so try to keep a conversation to your driver.

I discovered a maximum speed of 70km/h till its very unpossible and unconfortable for me to capture good footage. A straight street isn’t the problem, but if it comes to curves, you’ll notice that every muscle has to be strengthen up to hold your position.

KEEP IN MIND: The slower you drive, the more motion blur you have to add in post-production. You have to speed up the footage, shakes will be more noticeable and it will look more fake.[/text_output]

CAMERA MOVEMENT/PERSPECTIVES

[line style=”margin-bottom: 66px”][text_output]The best way to film the car is to use 2 roads. The Camera car drives on one road and the Miovie Car drives on the opposite road. To archive beautiful shots, you can drive in a diagonal manner, to capture the side and the front of the driving car (see picture).

While driving, the movie car should always play with the speed – maybe speed up and drive by the camera car – then speed down and come back to the beginning position.[/text_output]

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[text_output]Another cool style is if the movie car drives right behind the camera car and comes closer and closer to the camera. It makes it feel big, powerful and agressive.[/text_output]

POSSIBLE RESULTS

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While driving, the movie car should always play with the speed – maybe speed up and drive by the camera car – then speed down and come back to the beginning position.[/text_output]

[image src=”2119″]
[image src=”1962″]
[text_output]Another cool style is if the movie car drives right behind the camera car and comes closer and closer to the camera. It makes it feel big, powerful and agressive.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row]

POSSIBLE RESULTS

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[image src=”1587″]
[button size=”large” href=”http://nicosaiger.myportfolio.com/hummer-ulm-spot”]CHECK OUT MORE EXAMPLES[/button][line style=”margin-bottom: 66px”][text_output]FINAL RESULT[/text_output][text_output][/text_output]
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[text_output]To shoot a car while driving is pretty difficult. You have to be very concentrated and the driver of the camera car und movie car should also be very secure about what they are doing.

Please never do this on an open road without permission and with oncoming traffic! [/text_output]

WHAT YOU NEED

[line style=”margin-bottom: 66px”][text_output]To get great steady shots on any street you have to use Stabilizers. I know, there are lots of great stabilization plugins for post production but if your footage is too shaky (and thats quite possible if you hold a 2kg camera out of a driving car), the post-stabilization will destroy your footage with ugly warps and distortions.

If you want a cinematic feeling, you have to shoot as steady as possible right on the set to get better quality, with less shakes. If you archived footage like this, or decent footage with small shakes, you can add the post-stabilization to get rid of the last movements in post (if you want).

Tipp: Shakes can also be very cool for action scenes.[/text_output][line style=”margin-bottom: 66px”]

STEADYCAM

[text_output]I’ve used a Steadycam with a armbrace for my latest shoot with some musclecars (left picture). The armbrace helps to hold the steadycam with less effort, but it won’t hold all the weight, it just fixes your wrist so it cant move anymore. A downpoint on the steadycam is that you have to have some experiences with balancing it and controling the movement of the camera (left and right movement) while trying to touch it as less as possible (would affect the stabilization).[/text_output][image src=”2102″]

GIMBAL

[text_output]Another method (maybe the better/easyier way, but more expensive) is to use a gimbal (right picture). A gimbal does the stabilization on its own, you just have to hold it out of the car. Some gimbals, like the DJI Ronin, come with a Remote so 1 can hold the Gimbal while the other person controls the camera movement via Remote. The negative point on the Gimbal is that its own weight is much more then the Steadycam (so your arm may fall off) and you have no stabilization on the Y axis which means you have to be very steady for up and down movements.[/text_output][image src=”2103″]

HOW TO SHOOT

CAMERA POSITION

[line style=”margin-bottom: 66px”]
[text_output]Place yourself wit the Steadycam or Gimbal in the trunk of your car. Put your butt inside of the trunk and your legs out of the car (over the trunk sill). Lean yourself forward and hold the steadycam/gimbal outside of the trunk – that its above the street (don’t let it fall). Keep in mind that your body center of gravity is inside the trunk and not outside – to prevent falling outside of the car if the driver speed up.

Small Tip: Place some kind of anti-slip mat into the trunk to prevent slipping from left to right when the camera car drives some harsh curves (had this last time and it was very painful…).[/text_output]

[image src=”2118″]
[line style=”margin-bottom: 66px”]

SAFETY

[line style=”margin-bottom: 66px”][text_output]Don’t use a car as camera car that doesn’t have a trunk sill. If you car doens’t have it, you have to strap your camera operator to some seats or other stuff to prevent falling out of the car.

The trunk sill is very helpful. If you use it like i told you in the step before, you’ll be pretty secure by placing your body center of gravity inside the car and NOT above the trunk sill.

Max. Speed: You have to discover the maximum speed by yourself. Test it our till your camera operator says its too fast to operate the camera or feel comfortable. Better: You operator should say if you can drive safter or slover, so try to keep a conversation to your driver.

I discovered a maximum speed of 70km/h till its very unpossible and unconfortable for me to capture good footage. A straight street isn’t the problem, but if it comes to curves, you’ll notice that every muscle has to be strengthen up to hold your position.

KEEP IN MIND: The slower you drive, the more motion blur you have to add in post-production. You have to speed up the footage, shakes will be more noticeable and it will look more fake.[/text_output]

CAMERA MOVEMENT/PERSPECTIVES

[line style=”margin-bottom: 66px”][text_output]The best way to film the car is to use 2 roads. The Camera car drives on one road and the Miovie Car drives on the opposite road. To archive beautiful shots, you can drive in a diagonal manner, to capture the side and the front of the driving car (see picture).

While driving, the movie car should always play with the speed – maybe speed up and drive by the camera car – then speed down and come back to the beginning position.[/text_output]

[image src=”2119″]
[image src=”1962″]
[text_output]Another cool style is if the movie car drives right behind the camera car and comes closer and closer to the camera. It makes it feel big, powerful and agressive.[/text_output]

POSSIBLE RESULTS

[line style=”margin-bottom: 66px”]
[image src=”1963″]
[image src=”1587″]
[text_output][/text_output][button size=”large” href=”http://nicosaiger.myportfolio.com/hummer-ulm-spot”]CHECK OUT MORE EXAMPLES[/button]
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