One of the first shot ideas that I have been playing around with for the last few days has been simply walking through the streets of Exeter with a camera and capturing everything that’s going on in slow motion. More specifically I want to cut between the pieces that are most appealing and slow them down. The first issue that I have run into that has kept this shot from being as cinematic as possible is keeping the camera very steady and creating very smooth motion. The current stabiliser that I own is a very cheap one and so even with practice it’s hard to home in on exactly the shot that I want; I have been looking into what the college has to offer and have found that I can use a more expensive Glidecam stabiliser- this will help dramatically. Secondly the shots that I have been capturing, even when smoothing out the motion, have been mis-framed. I have been looking into using a 2k or 4k camera as this will allow me to re-frame in post-production and find exactly the shot that I want.
The other is using a drone to capture stunning establishing shots and the like, specifically the Phantom 3. My current research has been mainly into how the laws around flying works, how best to be safe and what the risks are when buying one. The reason that I want to go down this route is because I believe it will add to the production value and as a result help me create a more professional final piece.