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Top gear production

Post  GottaLaunch on Sat Mar 14, 2009 7:29 am

When being a videographer there comes you've to makes some car inside shots (especially when shooting a film which involves a car driving scene).

I was recently watching the British TV show 'Top Gear' (season 12) when the production team use some small cameras which were attatched to the windows by suction pads, that dodn't look like any consumer camera on the market, and got a pretty good picture quality.

Has somebody got a clue what camera's they used?

And has somebody got experience in shooting these kind of shots?


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Re: Top gear production

Post  SonicOrbStudios on Sat Mar 14, 2009 7:53 am

Top Gear does some amazing work in editing and they are a great show to watch.

I know they use Digibeta cameras for their production but dont have a clue what they use in the cars.

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Post  GottaLaunch on Sun Mar 15, 2009 5:47 am

Yeah it's certainly one of the best shows ever when it comes to videography and, humor of course!

For a long time I was trying to reproduce the 'Top Gear-effect' where they use some gradient filters to let britain's cloudy sky pop out of the screen, but I wasn't able to do it, because first of all, I've got an SD camera, which doesn't record the details as good as HD.
And secondly, I tried it in post, which is difficult ├žause then you're only making the sky darker, while destroying the sky's lines.
So how could I fabricate (or where can a buy) such a camera filter with such a nice blackish gradient??

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Post  SonicOrbStudios on Sun Mar 15, 2009 6:14 am

B&H will probably be your best bet for different filters. They can get expensive though...

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Post  GottaLaunch on Mon Mar 16, 2009 3:41 am

Hey I found out that the type of filer they are using moslty is a ND Graduated filter and sometimes a Tobacco grad filter for brownish skies.

Here you'll see some pictures with Jeremy holding TG camera filters: http://www.genmay.com/showpost.php?s=e349bc03bc8e3ae9443a1bb320574e24&p=21765425&postcount=14

EDIT: yeah the patterned one was about that jaguar station wagon in the ront that that filter would fit when filming that car :p


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Post  SonicOrbStudios on Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:35 am

I don't think they ever used that top filter, I remember them joking about that one in that episode lol

There are filter assemblies which you can buy for cameras too. I've seen them used on the DIY Network productions. All you have to do is flip a filter at the lens and it's firmly in place. Quick and easy.

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Post  GottaLaunch on Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:00 am

Hey, just done some cool colour correcting on a still image in AE of a car, trying to replicate a look they occasionally use at Top Gear, an it looks awesome! Very Happy

I've performed some selective colour correction on the blue to saturate the car, and edited the BG's colours.

THE RESULT VAN BE VIEWED HERE

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