Now for something completely different:
I’ve been away from the forums for about a month, and have been trying a new, experimental filming method for Mountain unicycling, or Unicycling in general, that allows for the smoothest moving tracking shots, all shot entirely solo, without a second party! No tripod or pov. I think that this filming technique greatly enhances the entire “feel” of a video, giving it a strong sense of movement and flow, that static filming can’t. In some of the shots you can really “feel” it as the camera passing through the brush, the whistling of the wind and it’s almost like you’re there!
Similar methods have been used in mtb and tons of other sports, but I’ve never seen it used in unicycling videos before–at least I’m not aware of it. It’s just so awesome becuase the shots are significantly smoother than someone tracking you on their bike, or running, and the best part…for me, is that you can do it totally on your own with nobody’s help!
But it IS time consuming and very challenging to set up the shots, and pull them off sucssefully! Tons of trial & error, many takes to get the framing and timing right, eight extra pounds of gear to carry to each location, covering about 8 miles. 9 hours of hard work went in to this 3 minute video.
And of all the roughly 200 videos I’ve made, this one was the most fun I’ve ever had making, and can’t wait to do it again and explore more as yet, un-tapped possibilities!
FYI: Every frame of this video was shot solely by myself without a second party. No tripod or “pov” shots. I did use my lower quality vidcam in case there was a mishap, but lucklily, all went well.
Please let me know what you think.