Friday, September 13, 2013

How to film a skate video: Red Bull Perspective

       This skating video presented by Red Bull House Media 2013 is simply a work of art. Directed by Nicholas Schrunk, "Red Bull Perspective" is an impressive collection of footage that can literally teach  you certain cinematic elements that could be used on a film of your own. A behind the scenes look at the making of the this video offers insight to all kinds of out of the box shots which with time, patience and the right equipment can improve the entire end product of any film. The use of anamorphic lenses gives the audience a wider perspective of view which adds to the cinematic quality of the film. Additionally the use of a phantom camera shooting up to 4,000 frames per second creates a realtime shot with slow motion action. The team also used cable cams to provide an up close and personal view of the skater as the are hitting their set therefore giving the audience a point of view which brings them along for the ride. Lastly I would like to mention how throughout the video the production team talks about the many variables that make up just one shot, rarely do action sport videos breakdown cinematic elements in such detail. Overall it is refreshing to see such unique genres of work accompanied with knowledgable production teams to capture the essence of cinema.


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