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Shooting scenes in a car

I don’t get it. :stuck_out_tongue:

If you’re drinking beer with girls you tell them that story(with you as the driver)…you play it up real nice…make the hobo say “none of your fucking business” at least three times.



End the story…



ten minutes later one of the girls always asks "what was in the bag"



you scream "NONE OF YOUR FUCKING BUSINESS"



it’s a joke

Haha! :stuck_out_tongue: They should have done that at the end of Pulp Fiction ;D

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Haha! :stuck_out_tongue: They should have done that at the end of Pulp Fiction ;D
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it really works well if you and another guy tell the story together - It always works.

It depends what type of film you’re doing, Scar. I personally love natural light and handheld, so how I would shoot a car scene may differ from you if you are more traditional.



But you have a great deal of places to put the camera if it’s small enough and you are thinking creatively:



My favourite place to put the camera is in the back seat. This works well if the actors are actually driving. You’ll have seen this in Jarmusch’s Stranger than Paradise. You can experiment with heights too.



The close ups that Pete mentioned,



Maybe get in the passenger seat and put the camera down by the driver’s feet to get his face and the steering wheel in the foreground,



Shots from the backseat out of the window (getting the actor’s faces in the rearview mirrors and side mirrors),



And if you really want to, mounting a camera on the front isn’t too hard (without the DOP or anything with it) - works if you plan on driving through suburban streets or places with little to no traffic



Once, although this isn’t really safe (but it was a deserted side road), we had the cameraman sitting in the boot of a car shooting the front of the car in question as it drove. It was going reasonably fast and there weren’t any incidents, but it depends if it looks to dangerous to you on the day



Those are just some of my ideas. I’m the kind of person who loves to get shots from reflections in kettles and stuff, so maybe some of the stylistic ideas won’t be suited to your style or maybe they will or maybe you could just adapt them. You just need to get really creative and think up interesting angles. I don’t really ever storyboard, so I do this all the time. But people tell me this will bite me in the arse someday.

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It depends what type of film you’re doing, Scar. I personally love natural light and handheld, so how I would shoot a car scene may differ from you if you are more traditional.



But you have a great deal of places to put the camera if it’s small enough and you are thinking creatively:



My favourite place to put the camera is in the back seat. This works well if the actors are actually driving. You’ll have seen this in Jarmusch’s Stranger than Paradise. You can experiment with heights too.



The close ups that Pete mentioned,



Maybe get in the passenger seat and put the camera down by the driver’s feet to get his face and the steering wheel in the foreground,



Shots from the backseat out of the window (getting the actor’s faces in the rearview mirrors and side mirrors),



And if you really want to, mounting a camera on the front isn’t too hard (without the DOP or anything with it) - works if you plan on driving through suburban streets or places with little to no traffic



Once, although this isn’t really safe (but it was a deserted side road), we had the cameraman sitting in the boot of a car shooting the front of the car in question as it drove. It was going reasonably fast and there weren’t any incidents, but it depends if it looks to dangerous to you on the day



Those are just some of my ideas. I’m the kind of person who loves to get shots from reflections in kettles and stuff, so maybe some of the stylistic ideas won’t be suited to your style or maybe they will or maybe you could just adapt them. You just need to get really creative and think up interesting angles. I don’t really ever storyboard, so I do this all the time. But people tell me this will bite me in the arse someday.
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Thanks man, really helpful feedback.