Your Weekly POV – Taping a GoPro to a Moving Car.. Tire?

[Warning: This video may cause nausea and vomiting…enjoy the ride!]

If you’re a curious sort you may have found yourself wondering what it would look like from the wheel of your car whilst travelling at speeds upwards of 40MPH. This cool kind of hypnotic, possibly nausea inducing, video is the result of a mad-cap experiment by video creator Ryan Fox who decided to strap a go pro on his car tire and go for a drive. What did he use to mount it? Duct tape. While this is the type of thing that would make Red Green proud we don’t recommend trying this at home.

We decided to reach out to Ryan to learn more about him and his process.

How did you come up with this idea?

I got the idea when I finally convinced myself to splurge and get a GoPro camera.  I figured OK, you now have this tiny camera that has the capability of taking beautiful images but still be thrown around a bit so let’s think outside of the box with it beyond taking extreme sport footage or using it in water which we already commonly see shared online.  I wanted to do something truly experimental with the camera and test it’s limits visually and physically.

How did you capture the footage?

Simply put I just firmly duct taped it centered on my rim and tested it on a back road at 25mph. Then eventually 45mph and even 65 and realized it wasn’t budging and I was safe to take it into the city. I had an idea while driving around that the footage would look pretty mesmerizing , but was blown away once I got home and watched it on my computer.  I love the unpredictable quality of the beautiful bright lights, definitely very kaleidoscopic.

The footage only took as long as it took to drive around. Now I’ve filmed a lot of times doing this, both at night and in daytime, and I typically just strap it to the car whilst running errands and sometimes I’ll go for an hour long drive up and down brighter looking main drags in downtown Milwaukee, my home

Tell us a bit about yourself and what else you’re working on.

I’m a 29 year old film student entering my senior year at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  As for what I’m working on now you can find it all on my vimeo page.  I’ll be shooting a couple shorts this fall as well as continuing to experiment with my GoPro, trying to capture imagery no one has typically seen before.


Douglas Spotted Eagle’s Compelling Video Messaging – Part 6

In this latest and final installment of Douglas Spotted Eagle’s series on compelling video messaging, he discusses enhancing your message in post-production and editing to strengthen your message.

If you didn’t catch the whole series you can check out previous installments here:

Douglas Spotted Eagle’s Compelling Video Messaging – Part 5
Douglas Spotted Eagle’s Compelling Video Messaging – Part 4
Douglas Spotted Eagle’s Compelling Video Messaging – Part 3
Douglas Spotted Eagle’s Compelling Video Messaging – Part 2
Douglas Spotted Eagle’s Compelling Video Messaging – Part 1




Focal Point: July 25, 2014 – Weddings

Photo Fabulousness ——

M&M by Justin Vanleeuwen via Vistek’s Photo and Video Pool on Flickr

Online Awesomeness ——

Stuck for ideas on how to pose newlyweds? We found a couple handy-dandy posing guides from Digital Photography School and Pinterest to get you well on your way.

Digital Photography SchoolPosing Guide: 21 Sample Poses to Get You Started with Photographing Weddings

Pinterest -  How Deep is Your Love – Posing Guide

Video Virtuosity ——

If you haven’t heard by now slo-mo video booths have become a hugely popular add-on service at weddings. Looking at the below video (that went viral last year) it’s no surprise why.

The video above was filmed using a 9ft white Seamless backdrop, a Red Epic camera, 4 LED light panels and a ton of props and glitter. Word to the wise regarding glitter, if you’re going to throw it around make sure to use a tarp and bring along a vacuum to try and clean it up, the smaller the glitter the harder clean-up will be.

Setting one of these up isn’t as hard as it looks, and it doesn’t need to be expensive either. The below tutorial goes over how to do this with a GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition but there’s a wide variety of cameras with this feature, and if you don’t own one you could always rent a camera with super slow-motion capability like the Sony NEX-FS700UK.

Tips and Tricks – Boom Mic Techniques

Boom mic positioning and technique is essential to capturing pristine audio. Here are a few tips and techniques that master videographer Douglas Spotted Eagle has learned over the years that, hopefully, will help you in your next video.

Boom Mic operator holds mic just out of frame during shoot. Film Crew by Atomic Taco is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Get the right size. Poles for commercial projects like TV, commercials or feature films typically range from 12 to 15 feet. Documentary-style projects like you see on reality TV and the news typically range from 5 to 8 feet. However, booms can be much longer.

Don’t overextend. When you use the boom, do not extend the boom pole to its maximum at the safety stops. Instead, extend the pole all the way and then bring it back a couple inches.

Stay above. Booming the mic from above provides several advantages and is usually the best option most of the time. It will give you the best audio possible.

Anything loose makes noise. Tape all cables. Tighten all connections. It’s also a good idea to utilize noise reducing suspension systems and windshields. Boom poles like the Carbon Fibre K-Tek KEG make this even easier with internal coiled cable with XLR connectors.

Stay out of the picture. Position the mic so that it’s as close to the action as allowed but safely out of frame. When placing the mic, dip the mic completely into the camera shot, and then slowly raise the mic until the camera operator tells you that you’re just barely clear. Be aware of shadows.

Maintain your comfort level. Hold the boom as if you were about to do a pull-up; keep your arms close but extended all the way vertically, with the elbows locked loosely. Use your front arm as a prop to support the boompole above your body. If possible, handle the boom at its natural balance point, and use your rear arm to pan, steer, or tilt.


Douglas Spotted Eagle’s Compelling Video Messaging – Part 5


Once again, we’re so grateful to Douglas Spotted Eagle for this incredibly insightful series. Douglas has imparted just a small part of his seemingly unending wisdom on important parts of shooting like lenses, green screens, digital messaging, budget, dialogue, stock media and so much more. So, as the series winds down, we want to know: What would you like to hear Douglas cover? Leave your comments here on the blog and tell us what you’re dying to know about video production. We’re sure Douglas will be thrilled to answer.

For the penultimate episode in the series, Douglas discusses

  • Editing
  • Creating a grid
  • Transitions
  • Sony Vegas Pro

Once again, thanks to Douglas for all of this!

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