I have been tasked with filming a new road bike for casual cyclists. We have a rather low budget. Does anyone have any tips on how to deliver quality footage without spending too much money? I'm am using a Canon 5d Mark III SLR to shoot. I'd appreciate some tips on how to get good wide and detail shots while the bike is moving.
Something that might make your life considerably easier is a gimbal stabiliser.
These let you get good quality moving shots easily, without the bunmpyness that you'll get even in a car. I worked on a shoot where we even filmed a skateboarder with the camera operator on inline skates (he was a pretty good skater though, wouldn't suggest it if you're like me).
They're not super expensive to buy, but if you don't want to be buying gear you could hire one. For the time it will save and the added quality it will give it's well worth it.
Here are some suggestions:
- Film the bike from a moving car.
- Have two people in the car, minimum: One for driving and one for filming.
- Shoot through open windows of the car, not through glass.
- Get every shot from every angle you need separately.
- Do all of your editing after recording, not in camera, using video editing software.