Anyone shoot on an ice rink? We are planning a shoot on an oval track with actors skating around as if they are driving cars. They interact on the track...etc. Thoughts on shooting on the ice and catching the action? A jib arm on a dolly off the track is one thought, but getting on the ice and tracking with them...thoughts?
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Multiple takes using gopro cameras pointed at the opposite skater. A third skater holding the cam while being pushed by a fourth. Cam on a sled being pulled by a winch. Can you stretch a wire and suspend the cam on pulleys - poor mans flycam.
The sled mounted camera is always a good choice. You can kludge skate blades to a doorway dolly and have someone that knows how to skate fairly well push the dolly.
Another idea is to use a camera mounted on a radio control helicopter. There are several companies that do this, and it is best to hire one of them and not DIY.
I'll second the elbow pads. And strap on traction cleats for street shoes can be bought at Cabella's, or other outfitter type stores. I've even seen them in the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog. If you spend a lot of time standing around on the ice, your feet are going to be killing you after a while due to the cold. It's a good idea to have a bunch of anti-fatigue mats handy.
[Angelo Lorenzo]"Speaking of RC helicopters, I second your comment about hiring a tech. I remember speaking to one who told me flying an RC with a camera is more difficult that a full blown helicopter."
We hired a RC camera/copter crew to shoot a snowboard event in Aspen, and they used two guys. One flew the chopper, and the other did the camera. These are fairly large as far as RC goes, and working around them it becomes pretty obvious how dangerous they can be. Good to have experience behind the controls, and the operators should have a hefty liability policy.
If you're not taking nat sound, they can give some great shots without all the rigging of the cable cam.