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  1. Hi all! I’m DPing a short road trip film next year that takes primarily in a car in the desert. I have some experience shooting in a car before, but would love any advice, input, or words of wisdom that you all may have in regards to doing it right and/or better. Moreover, if any of you have any car scenes from any film or show in mind, I’d love to hear them so I can study them as a reference. This is a low budget indie short film, so any advice on car rigging on a budget is much appreciated. I’m primarily looking at the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera as our main camera as it can easily mount to the hood and doors with a standard suction mount, and it's small enough to mount inside the car for various creative angles. In conclusion, I would just love to hear about your experiences shooting in a car, rigging cameras inside/outside a car, and any wisdom you might’ve learned through the process that you wouldn’t mind sharing. Thank you all in advance! All the best, Dante
  2. Has any one ever lit a car for sunset after its already dark on location? There are a few ways I can think of with large set ups or in a studio but in this case im looking for more of an on the go shoot with my largest light being a 1.2 my concern is that i want to avoid the light looking like a street light . I need to make sure there is enough ambient daylight. any thoughts would be much appreciated. thanks
  3. Hey guys, I'm a 24 year old Cinematographer living in Seven Sisters, London. I recently shot a film called The Mechanic. Its a 60 second doc about Bo Hare, a mechanic and engineer working in rural England, who finds pleasure in the restoration of classic cars. Shot on a Blackmagic Ursa 4K with mixed tungsten and practical fluro lights, i'm a cinematographer, but I directed this as well as shot it. Drone shots on a DJI Inspire 3 Adv. Used vintage nikon AI-S primes to shoot everything, very much recommended if you are on a budget, tons of character, they flare beautifully. There is going to be a longer version forthcoming, but this cut dives straight in to the character and is hopefully an intriguing minute! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6oVWtugUyo Its for a competition running by Sony Europe where I could win a camera, so if you enjoyed it please like it on youtube..! :) Feel free to shoot with any questions or thoughts! Orlando
  4. Hi everyone! This is my first post here on the forums. I saw a video recently on Facebook showcasing the camera cars and carnage in Fast & Furious 5, which is here: https://www.facebook.com/brendan.riel/posts/10209207881700944 It got me thinking, how would one even begin to get a career path like this? It seems it would be someone of high driving skill turned camera car operator. The amount of skill it seems to take for these types of moves is amazing.
  5. Hey guys, So as most of these post start out, my budget is slim to none. Now that that aspect is out there. Im DPing a short that takes place in a car at night. the two characters in the car are being followed because of something they have and they are trying to get away from whoever is following them. Thats where the "chase" aspect comes into play. Its no James Bond chase scene but need to feel like they are trying to ditch the car following them. The short is only 5 mins long and will take place half in urban/city area but they head to a more deserted beach area. The picture attcahed is the tunnels location we will shoot EXT shots of the cars driving out of the city. So for all the shots of the two actors in the hero car we would have to mimic the lighting to match what our location offers, multiple sodium vapor lights overhead. My biggest question is how I could go about shooting this section of the film to achieve the following... 1. See the actual tunnel when we have shots looking out windows (rear window, side windows, and front windows) 2. Match the lighting of the tunnel as they pass through. Theres the green screen option where we could shoot the scene. Then take those camera setting (lens, focal length, height etc) and then shoot plates. I feel there is alot of room for error with this option We rent a car trailer from uhaul and rig everything and shoot it practically that way. (cant afford a process trailer) Only issue here is the budget is so small i dont think they could get the permits for such a thing, feel like they could get in trouble having actors in a car on a trailer without proper permission, permits, police escorts, etc Lastly we have the actors actually drive the car through this area rig cameras to the car and have them drive safe and we sell the chase part in the edit. Sounds the easiest but biggest worry is safety. There are alot of factors with shooting car stuff. I appreciate you guys taking the time to read this and help out!! Cheers!!
  6. Hi, I’m looking for a car cinematography specialized DP for a high end SPEC commercial. Green screen experience is required as the featured car will be driven on a large green screen cyclorama. Although a car specialist, this person must be good at lighting people as well. The shoot will take place on July 25-26 in Los Angeles. Non-Union shoot. Pay negotiated upon experience. Please apply only if you specialize in car cinematography. We need to confirm someone ASAP. If interested, please email a link to your reel/portfolio to crewapplications@mzo.tv Thanks.
  7. We are making a short, and we need a scene of two guys talking while driving (at night), I have two desperate questions. How can we rig the camera to the car (outside in front)? If we dont have polarizing filter the shoot will look very bad (because of windows)? We have a car, a black magic and NOTHING ELSE!, if you guys can give ideas on how to solve this the cheapest way, we will be very thankful. Sorry for my english, not my first language.
  8. Hey so I am DPing my second feature, and it's a road trip comedy- and we are considering shooting all the car interior shots on greenscreen as it would save the production money. How should I go about this? I don't have much experience with greenscreen and I would love all the tips and tricks I can get to pull this off so it's Believable. My thoughts My plan is to shoot the car against the green screen outside on a large greenscreen, I'm thinking 20'x40' backed off around 40 or so feet to minimize green spill. I'm planning on shooting east so the sun acts as more of a backlight, and at high noon, flipping around and shooting west to continue the back light I'm seeing if I can get some larger HMI units for add some light to the interior, because based off a pretest I did with a dslr, it's hard to get the car and screen exposed right without loosing one or the other, I'm thinking getting a 2500 or M40 unit, as that is what my budget would allow. What camera should we use? We have a red scarlet we can use for free- as well as red pro primes and zeiss cp2's I'm thinking of using the rpp's because they are sharper in this case. But I'm seeing if we can use the dragon because of More resolution and extended range. But budget wise it looks like I can get a better camera or better lenses(s4mini's, maybe ultra primes) - not both.Should I push for a better camera and use rpp's?, or better lenses and scarlet? Which is best for greenscreen ? Or should I just stick with what I have and save money for bigger lights/larger G&E package? The plan is to do all the greenscreen first, keeping notes on camera height and orientation, and focal length and stop- and replicating these when we get the plates I would love all thoughts and opinions as these are uncharted waters for me Thanks!
  9. Hi everyone. I'm not exactly a student or a new filmmaker, but I am closer to a new filmmaker, than a professional DP, so that's why I'm posting here. Apologies to moderators if it's in the wrong section. I'm filming a low budget car commercial for a small community tv channel and I am wondering what the best options are to film a moving car. I basically want to be able to make the most out of a little to no budget as possible, whether using guerilla style filmmaking or out the box ideas, I need some guidance. I want basically get multiple moving angles of a car driving on the road. My options so far are: Film the car out the window from another car. Use a pillow as a vibration/shake absorber while holding the camera on the door through the window opening. My angles and height are very restricted and I can only pan very slightly. Film the the car from the back of a pickup truck (in SA, we call these vans), with a little jib to get some dynamic movement, however while this option provides the most creative shot options, it could also provide me with, you know, death. So I'm not really considering this as an option, but if I found a way to safely set this up then I would do it. Film the car by sticking my camera out of the window and holding the top handle. I cannot hire a 3-axist gimbal to fit my FS700 in my city but I could use my Glidecam, however I don't have much confidence in this option. So you see, I am basically lost for options here. Every bts video I have seen of a car commercial has mind blowingly expensive rigs that are built into vehicles. I need some cheaper options. Thanks!
  10. I'm shooting a night time scene with 2 characters talking inside a car. The car is parked, the windows are wet from a recent rain (but it's not raining anymore). I'm looking for tips and advices for enhancing the water drops. Here is a screen grab from tests I've shot on a 5D a couple of days ago in a studio (we're gonna shoot on location for the actual shoot, with a RED One) with the kind of lighting atmosphere I'm planning to do. No one was really in charge of the rain drops for this test, so we just splashed water on the window before shooting. My first question is about the best solution for spraying water on the windows. I was actually thinking of using a water sprayer filled with a mix of water and glycerine (like we usually use for sweat on faces). Any other idea or advices for the best mix to put in the tank ? My second question is about lighting those drops. I know that you don't actually light raindrops as they are transparent, you just need them to register an image as they act like a lens. I don't want to have a very lit background (probably a bit darker than the test shot) to keep the drops brighter than the background itself. My idea was to shine light on a large muslim sheet (or a kino 1 bank) placed low behind the car, so it doesn't affect my lighting and contrast inside the car and create a white line on the top of the drops so they exist on this dark background. I guess they will probably also register the lights I use for lighting the characters. Am I on the right track ? I'd love to also add some colour bokeh with a small fixture far away in the background. What kind of source would you use for that ? The director wants to place the car close from a (white :blink: ) house wall, I'm pushing to place it further so we have more depth in the back and we can isolate the 2 characters in the image. Any advice or comment on my ideas are more than welcome ;) Thanks
  11. I was watching the new show Almost Human on FOX the other day and liked the look of the interior car scenes. What caught my eye at first was the way the windows reflected the outside atmosphere speeding by. It looks as though they are shooting through the car windows on a sound stage with some sort of rear projection (possible big digital projectors) simulating the fast moving background. Guessing they used a polarizer to fine tune the reflections. Any thoughts on how they achieved this look? How did they get the reflections on the car windows? Big massive digital projectors on each side? Or did they not even shoot through the windows and just added the reflections in post? Anywho, would like to hear some thoughts on it, thanks! here's one clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dv6JmczZCI
  12. Hi, I'm working on a short film. All the action takes place during the night. There's several car scene in this movie. The director want a "raw documentary style": natural lightning, no tripod, handheld camera etc... In the car scene, 2 actors are sitting in the front seats, they are talking to each other. The director wants to be able to shoot handheld in front of them. For reference, he shows me a scene from Nicolas Winding Refn's film: "Pusher" (16mm) I don't know exactly how to achieve this kind of shot. Do you have an idea? I was thinking about "cheating" the actors position in the middle seats of bigger car (7 places) and shoot from the front place. The actors would pretend to drive but the car would be driven by another car (camera car or something else) What is your opinion? Any advice is welcome :) Thanks! Laurent
  13. Hi folks I'm shooting a short film in a few weeks and I'm figuring about a car scene with two actor having a dialog while driving, and how I should go about that. First of all, we don't have much of a budget, so a even though a car trailer would be the optimal choice, we can't afford it unfortunately. Any recommendations of how to shoot this? My initial idea was to shoot this infront of a green screen with tracking marks on set, to take advantage of the existing light. By doing so we could use a hand-held camera to add a sense of realism with the background moving (very slightly) in conjunction with the actors and the car. AFTER we've shot infront of the green screen, we go out and shoot the background plates, at the same camera position we used shooting the green screen shots. I believe this could work. Second idea is to shoot the whole scene in front of a rear projection screen. The problem with this I believe is to get a powerful enough projector and not destroying the black when lighting the actors. Also, lighting the car to blend in realistically would also be somewhat of a problem since we can't use any existing light. Third idea is to let the actors drive the car. By far the easiest way to go, but not the safest. Also, they have to be focused on driving the car, so their acting might suffer from that. Any ideas? I would appreciate it a lot! Regards Patrik
  14. Hey folks, I'm looking to get some advice on car rigs. I'm starting a job in September that calls for tons of car shots so I'd like to see what are some of the best solutions out there. The show will be shot on a Sony f5 with Cooke primes, to give you an idea for weight and size. I was told that SSE Universal Car Mount is the best and easiest to work with. As I've never had any personal experience with it, I would like to get a second opinion before I take the plunge. Has anybody done a job with this rig and how good or bad is it? I was also looking at Mathews Car rigs, they seem quite good also. Any input from experienced grips would be greatly appreciated Roman
  15. hi. i've been searching threads about techniques, setups, external links and advices on shooting cars on studio, but didn't find anything. how to be fast? what's better: move the camera, the car or the lights? what's a basic setup? :)
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