Vimeo shows you how a vehicle can be used for a variety of shots, replacing dollies and the need for expensive equipment.
THIS TUTORIAL by Vimeo packs so much info into three minutes it’s worth breaking out the sections in a list:
Tracking shot (shooting out of trunk, following subject)
Chasing shot (camera mounted out window facing forward)
Side dolly shot (camera mounted out window facing sideways)
Slow push (shooting out of trunk, approaching subject)
Circling shot (putting car in neutral and pushing around subject)
“Helicopter” effect (driving shooting from overpass)
“Out of body” effect (subject filmed on hood with car moving)
Bird’s eye view (static, using roof of vehicle)
Driving shot (use backseat, keeping hands out of frame)
“Thrown out of car” effect (splicing two different scenes)
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