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PostPost by: ruff » Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:58 am

Hey guys,

I have just released a film about my 1970 Plus 2.

It's for a competition. If you enjoy it, please throw me a vote.

http://woobox.com/chfqis/gallery/tQqx9uc8iFI

There is no registration requirement, and you can vote once per day.

When the competition ends, I will post a full resolution version of the video and make it available for anyone to download and add to their collections.

Thanks!

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PostPost by: S3FHC » Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:20 am

Hi Ben,

just watched the video, fantastic! :D

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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:46 am

Nice
But I'd drop some of the scenery and have more of the car...it's dynamic...just a suggestion.

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PostPost by: ken ob » Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:41 am

Excellent.
Slightly confused by everything since the invention of the wheel.
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PostPost by: davidc » Wed Mar 01, 2017 12:04 pm

enjoyable to watch, excellent scenery perfect subject :D

unfortunately i don't have Facebook so it won't let me vote for you sorry! :oops:
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PostPost by: tedtaylor » Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:23 pm

did you use a helicopter for the aerial shots or a drone??
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PostPost by: davidc » Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:49 pm

ted, the narrative text along side the video mentions drone footage.
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PostPost by: The Veg » Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:07 pm

Wow, beautiful! Voted!
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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:10 pm

"We had access to a helicopter piloted by Brendan from Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters for one hour. Josh drove the car, and I operated the Shotover P1.
For the drone shots, Josh piloted the drone, I operated the camera and Ben Chapman handled the driving."

Love it! :D :D :D
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PostPost by: JimE » Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:26 pm

Shame its not longer. Nice one. Jim
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PostPost by: ruff » Wed Mar 01, 2017 7:29 pm

Thanks very much everyone - glad you like it!

It's primarily full size helicopter with a Shotover P1 stabilised camera system (this is the gold standard for aerial filming).
We use full size helicopters for very long flight time, very fast speeds, the ability to carry a 10x zoom lens, and to carry additional crew and operate in windy environments.

We use drones as a close proximity filming tool. Where we can achieve shots that a full size heli cannot.
I actually own a drone filming company. http://www.overview.nz/
The bridge sequence at the end was shot with our Alta 8 heavy lift drone, and if you pay attention, you will see that we flew under the bridge with the camera top mounted. (no blades in shot as we looked up).

There is the usual mix of tracking vehicle (a very basic one, as that's all we had access to), some rig shots, and some drive by's and details etc.

I appreciate any votes that are thrown my way!
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PostPost by: jabingb » Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:44 am

Ben,
Well done, especially enjoyed the comments you just made about the filming itself! I'd vote but I avoid FB like the plague, sorry.
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PostPost by: SENC » Thu Mar 02, 2017 2:09 am

Excellent! Has my vote!
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PostPost by: denicholls2 » Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:40 pm

May be a baby boomer vs. millennial thing (I'm pushing 60) but I found the cutaways distracting to the point of annoyance. They happen too frequently and are too abrupt, just as you start to settle into the view it changes to another abrupt transition that is also abruptly terminated into the next.

You can get away with this stuff for a few seconds, but at a whole minute it leaves you with "What was the point of that?"

Nice scenery and +2, though. :)
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PostPost by: ruff » Sat Mar 04, 2017 2:16 am

Thanks for all of the interest and votes everyone.

It's very appreciated.

(Sorry that it is not to your taste denicholls2 .... and thanks for taking the time to comment! I am not sure about your comment regarding millenials... I am far, far from being a millenial...)

I shot this in the modern style. These are the same techniques and style of work that I use on car commercials for modern brands... (that's my day job). I thought it would be fun to make a modern commercial for an old car that is literally not for sale!
There are lot's of very slowly shot, longly held car videos on youtube. I am sure you will find something there that is to your taste.

(Remember, you can vote every day by clicking on the blue button!)
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