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class="style5" Lipstick Cameras

>Published : 15th June 2005

>My next film takes place on the German autobahn. 2 Porsches drive at 160mph and faster. The film is being shot on super 35 mm 1:2,40. Still I am considering intercutting some video from cameras that are attached on the outside of the cars. Are there any suggestions on how to achieve the best quality with the smallest cameras?

>Oliver Bokelberg


class="Paragraph">>Still I am considering intercutting some video from cameras that are >attached on the outside of the cars.

>What video format are you planning to use?

>Jeffery Haas
freelance shooter and editor
Dallas


>Oliver Bokelberg asks :

class="Paragraph">>I am considering intercutting some video from cameras that are >attached on the outside of the cars.

>Of course vibration is your enemy so good mounting is essential.

>I have a couple of Toshiba lip sticks. They make them for Eymo which is the camera NASCAR uses in their racing cars.

>I did a little racing film for a Porsche club and one of my best shots was the low angle front POV...kind of like from the Movie Bullitt or Grand Prix.

>The camera was literally an inch off the ground and with a 4mm lens, made for some very exciting stuff.

>I have a number of suction cup mounting devices, but for the undercarriage I used the little mounting ring that comes with the camera. It's a sleeve actually that slips around the camera and has a foot with a hole in it. I was able to find a screw that was holding part of the undercarriage and simply unscrewed it and screwed my mount on.

>It was so low to the ground that pavement and crack patterns on the road coming out you at over 100mph really gave you the element of speed.

>The camera's CCU offers video and S-video out. I would probably opt for S-video into a DV or DVCam recorder. However probably the best thing would be to use a DigiBeta recorder which I believe also takes S-video in. That's as close to component as you are going to get.

>If film is your preferred option for the mounts, get some 16mm "gun-cameras". They are flat and take a magazine and were originally mounted on military guns and in fighter planes for point of views and target analysing.

>Their too big (about the size of two VHS cassettes) to mount under the car but you would be on film and the match would be easier.

>Extreme wide angle lens may be hard to achieve as well.

>However with that being said, the lipsticks have such wide and almost vibration free mounting capabilities, I think even with the film out, you should get some exciting stuff.

>Allen S. Facemire


>Allen Facemire writes :

class="Paragraph">>If film is your preferred option for the mounts, get some 16mm "gun >cameras

>How about the tiny new Super-16 Ikonoscop A-Cam? Longer (100-ft) loads, better registration, probably a greater choice of emulsions, and the size/weight is probably not much greater than that of a gun camera.

>Takes C-mount lenses.

>Dan Drasin
Producer/DP
Marin County, CA


>Dan Drasin writes :

class="Paragraph">>How about the tiny new Super-16 Ikonoscop A-Cam?

>Since it's been over 20 years since I've done any film camera mount work, I've never even heard of the Ikonoscop's.

>That sounds like a GREAT plan and if somebody has a Super-35mm budget for a project, then the Super 16 mount cameras is probably the ONLY way to go!

>Every bloody day I'm learning something every bloody day!

>But I'm learning!

>Allen S. Facemire
DP/Director
SaltRun Productions,inc.
www.saltrunproductions.com
Atlanta


>235 Arri...8mm Nikon?

>Nick Hoffman NYDP


>Allen Facemire writes:

class="Paragraph">>Since it's been over 20 years since I've done any film camera mount >work, I've never even heard of the Ikonoscop's.

>It's been about that long since I've done any film camera rigging myself. I first heard about the Ikonoskop on CML!

>Dan Drasin
Producer/DP
Marin County, CA


>Olivier

>Check out this progressive scan lipstick camera--may transfer better than 3 chip interlaced versions...

>http://www.toshiba.com/taisisd/indmed/ik53V.htm

>Best

>Byron Shah
DP LA