July 6, 2015 at 4:11PM

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Shooting bike scene

I am about to produce a documentary in which two bicycle riders are conversing. How would you get a nice steadicam shot? To me using a lead and trail biker seems pretty unsteady and risky. Or is it like that you simply would shoot it? Any tips or advice are very welcome indeed.

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Where are the bikes riding ?

On pavement ?

On a dirt road ?

On dirt trails in the forest ?

July 6, 2015 at 7:01PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Am not sure yet but probably on tarmac or gravel surface. On cycle line or similar. But not on dirt trails.

July 7, 2015 at 2:20PM

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Hmmm...

If you don't need audio then you might consider having a camera person with a 3-axis gimbal on the back of a motorcycle.

If you need audio, then I would look at the same set-up but have the camera person on the back of a tandem ( 2 person ) bicycle. It's possible that you might be able to find an electric powered bike or scooter that is quiet enough to record audio, but I think it's something you would have to test to see if it's feasible. ( I would lav mic your two cyclists, and possibly have the lav mic in their helmets to reduce any movement noise )

July 9, 2015 at 9:19AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Nice reading. I thought of an electric powered bike too. I'll try the el bike version with lavalier and see what comes out.
With thanks.

July 11, 2015 at 4:51AM

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