How We Built Our First Car Rig feat. DP Chris Ray — Wooden Camera

Similar to every little thing else within the trade, constructing a automobile rig relies upon completely on the wants of the shoot. Some photographs don’t want a lot maneuverability, whereas some photographs want full third-dimensional motion. That’s if you begin seeing Russian Arms and different monstrosities mounted to automobile hoods for these superior car-to-car shoots.

However these are often reserved for the massive jobs. What about one thing that any proprietor/op can simply afford and set up? That’s the place Chris Ray (@chrisrayfilms), freelance DP primarily based in Los Angeles, determined to check the brand new automobile mount designed by Kessler : the KillShock. He shares what he mounted to the rig, and why this can be a recreation changer for comply with cams.

A Higher Comply with Cam

“I noticed on Instagram that Kessler got here out with a brand new automobile mount that was at such an excellent value, I knew we needed to attempt it out. So Martin Fobes and I made the highway journey to NAB a little bit of a self venture. We mounted the KillShock on my Toyota Tacoma with the purpose to check it on the Las Vegas Strip and make a reel of our photographs.”

“Folks have reached out to me for different comply with cam workflows like motorbike shoots, however largely what Martin and I are identified for are skateboard stuff. I can’t go 30 MPH on a skateboard. I’m impressed by the stuff that Ty Evans [DP based in Los Angeles] does, and having a automobile rig in my arsenal would actually enhance what I can supply to shoppers. Even after I’m simply driving with my household by way of the mountains, I used to be all the time considering of how we will actually seize the views throughout us. So I reached out to Michael Sutton at Kessler, who additionally got here out to NAB and gave us some main tips about learn how to mount/shoot with the KillShock.”

Our Automotive Setup

KillShock – It really works through the use of interchangeable shock modules that make it tremendous immune to any micro vibrations from the car. It comes with the highest and backside plate and a set of normal Pink shock modules, with extra  choices for mounting the gimbal and digital camera. I mount it to my truck with the 12” suction base from Kessler, some ratchet straps and security wire.

Ronin 2 – You continue to must have a gimbal on there for the RED Helium, so we used Martin’s Ronin 2 with the Ronin 2 distant controller within the automobile. Martin and I’d change off driving and working, and monitoring from a SmallHD 703 Bolt.

Teradek Bolt 1000 XT – The one technique to get video from the digital camera exterior to us within the truck is with Bolt. We’re watching the feed from the 703 Bolt and working from the MoVI controller in actual time.

Wooden Camera Revolva Top Plate – I run the KipperTie with inner ND filters, and to be able to run that, I’ve to have this prime plate on the RED.

Wooden Camera V-Lock Wedge Kit – With this automobile setup, we didn’t need the Bolt 1000 XT mounted to an arm as a result of we will’t have something protruding farther than the wind can catch. With the V-lock, we mounted the Bolt on the aspect of the RED securely so it’s not protruding in any method.

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