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Mark Suszko
Re: Any tips for shooting from a Cessna plane?
on Apr 3, 2012 at 7:42:53 pm

"The shot: Sweeping shot, the plane comes from west to east following the coastline, Im on the left side of the plane and I am seeing big white cliffs and bits of coast (south coast of England), we go up above the cliff and start turning to the north, where there is a grassy plain on top of the cliff were a woman is walking in a circle. The plane circles above her anticlockwise."

I don't care if Biggles AND Dan Dare are piloting: this isn't going to work, not in a single pass, and the woman is going to be a tiny shaky blob somewhere in the middle of your frame. Do you even know what the minimum legal altitude is for the grassy plain location? Because to get this shot, you're going to be below it. And your minimum level airspeed plus a 2-minute turn means you'll be shooting from more than half a mile away, or using such an extreme bank angle that you'd be in real danger of a stall and crash.

You need a helo for this, or....

Make this a CGI shot, where the camera is magic.
Shoot your singe on a green stage on a turntable or with a circular dolly track. Key her into CGI terrain. or CGI mixed with a wide shot from the plane.

I can't believe you can't find an RC plane/helo guy willing to help you for less than the gas and rental on the Cessna.

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