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Hitchcock’s ‘Frenzy’ - opening shots


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How was this done?

Seems to get too close to the bridge and the  the people to be  helicopter, and the camera is very shakey  

 

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Well it wasn't a crane!

Helicopters can get pretty close to things, and zooms can make it seem even closer.

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Helicopter vibration was a huge barrier to getting smooth aerial shots until Nelson Tyler invented his first stabilized helicopter mount in the mid 1960s. In 1972 it was still pretty new tech, and depended a lot on the skill of both the pilot and operator. This aerial scene from Funny Girl in 1967 was groundbreaking, most aerial shots from this time weren't nearly as good:

 

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I've been to that part of London and both those shots would be easy now with a drone.
Might look into the legality of flying over the river, it should be far enough from people to be safe.

Having a ride in a helicopter is on my bucket list. I nearly talked the police in South Wales into taking me up in theirs once, but it didn't happen.

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8 hours ago, David Mullen ASC said:

Nelson Tyler did this shot.

Wow that’s an amazing shot! Nelson Tyler should be as famous as Garret Brown but he’s sort of been overlooked.

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14 hours ago, David Mullen ASC said:

Nelson Tyler did this shot.

Extremely impressive! 
I wonder how many times they rehearsed it. 

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