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How To Shoot A Moving Car Scene With No Process Trailer, Rigging, Or Budget

Source: Noam Kroll Blog

How To Shoot A Moving Car Scene With No Process Trailer, Rigging, Or Budget


As I outlined in this previous post, I recently wrapped production on a feature film and will be continually documenting our process here on my blog. For today’s installment, I’m going to focus on one of the biggest challenges that we faced during production – moving car scenes. Shooting a dialogue scene inside a moving vehicle is never easy, and it’s especially tough when you’re working on a tight (or non existent) budget. On a full scale feature film with a large budget, you can block off roads, use rigging to mount cameras to the hood of the car, use a process trailer to allow the actors to focus on acting (and not driving), or shoot everything on a soundstage to make things easy. Micro budget productions on the other hand can’t afford any of these luxuries, so other techniques need to be employed in order to get the shot without sacrificing quality or safety. It can be extremely difficult to operate a handheld camera from inside a moving vehicle, let alone pull focus, change camera settings, swap filters, or make any other adjustments on the fly. You could of course not shoot from inside the car (and mount the camera to the hood). However that’s generally a bad idea if you are not permitted, since it will draw a ton of attention and potentially cause safety issues for your actors, as they will need to drive with an obstructed view of the road. Not to mention, sound poses it’s own set of challenges… Even with…Read more at: How To Shoot A Moving Car Scene With No Process Trailer, Rigging, Or Budget


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