That Car Chase Sequence Might Be More Affordable Than You Think

You could use an original Russian Arm to shoot something like a "Fast and Furious" style action sequence, but those things are way too expensive. Or are they? 

We got the chance to chat with Filmotechnic's Thom Damon not only about their interesting new 3-axis gyro flight head prototype but about what it takes to operate and/or utilize a professional camera car system like theirs.

When it comes to operation, Damon says it's not as difficult as it looks. Half joking he says if you know how to play Fortnite, then you can operate their system, which is good to know if you've ever considered being a camera car operator.

On the pricing front, Damon mentions that the cost of renting one of these systems is not as expensive as you might think...unless you think that the day rate for the whole package, including driver, arm operator, head tech, and all the gear, is $6300...then you'd be right.

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That's literally the smallest cost of a chase scene. Think about permits, insurance, locking down roads, police, stunt drivers, more insurance.

After all those expenses, why go cheap and skip on a professional driver w/ a proper Russian arm?

June 6, 2019 at 7:16AM