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#1 MichaelStewart

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Posted 31 January 2005 - 12:13 AM

Hi everyone, just shot my first sporting event tonight (basketball) I did not really know how to shoot it, any tips on shooting? What good shots do you recommend? I know I was tired pretty quick!


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#2 Nicholas M. Chopp

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Posted 02 February 2005 - 12:56 AM

Hi everyone, just shot my first sporting event tonight (basketball) I did not really know how to shoot it, any tips on shooting? What good shots do you recommend? I know I was tired pretty quick!


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Mike

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I've never shot basketball with a steadicam, but my primary background is in sports broadcasting, so I can speak from that end.

I have no idea what you're shooting for, but I'll assume some sort of promo. Basketball footage relies on proximity for effect. You need good close shots - stick towards the basket. Basketball takes a lot of practice - anticipation is the key. Crash zooms, whip pans, and other sudden movements can be VERY effective if you know where you are, where you need to get to, and how long you have to get there. Depending on how much room you have along the sidelines you may have some room to run down court - that could be a cool shot. Watch a game on TNT sometime - their teasers and billboards are a good clue as to what you should be looking for. But, like any sporting event, practice, practice, practice. At least it's easier than hockey. <grin> Be careful - there is a lot of quick movement down in the post, and it's easy to get run over. A back brace and some good knee pads are definite musts. Try to stay very aware of your surroundings - not just fans, but photojournalists, videographers, and anyone else that might be nearby if you get run into.
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#3 MichaelStewart

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Posted 02 February 2005 - 01:31 AM

Great advice, thanks for posting. We were suppose to shoot a full court game, but ran out of time, it would have made for some nice shots, I had this grand idea of don juaning them (down the court and then pealing off to the left and circling around the action, but no chance) the best I had was one on one games at half court!, boy was I tired from running in circles!



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#4 Nicholas M. Chopp

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Posted 02 February 2005 - 01:58 AM

Great advice, thanks for posting. We were suppose to shoot a full court game, but ran out of time, it would have made for some nice shots, I had this grand idea of don juaning them (down the court and then pealing off to the left and circling around the action, but no chance) the best I had was one on one games at half court!, boy was I tired from running in circles!



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Heh, I can imagine. Maybe I'll try shooting some basketball around here somtime, see what I can get. What level are you shooting, college, HS, etc?
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#5 MichaelStewart

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Posted 03 February 2005 - 11:22 PM

If I can get this down some, I may be shooting some Gonzaga Bulldogs games (Spokane Wa.)



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#6 Leigh Hubner

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Posted 10 February 2005 - 01:39 AM

Hi Guys

Basketball hey, yep, been there shot that!! I have only done 3 basketball games on the steadicam and they have all been OB's. (Live to tape so I think there was a little touching up here and there) In my opinion the steadicam isnt really that effective on the basket ball as you can get to close to the action and you lose the feel of where players are in respect to each other and the court. I like a wide follow with the tight shots when someone shoots or scores. However, like i said i have dont 3 games and they have looked pretty cool. Unfortunatly I wasnt wireless so I was dragging triax (and a very nimbal cable hand!) On the first game I was used alot, mostly due to the novelty of having a steadicam on the game. They then wanted me to shoot the players as they came off the court for a chat with the coach (what is that part called??). So I wasnt really getting a break because I was busy shooting the players break. Games 2 and 3 were better because we worked out where the steadicam worked best. None the less is is a hard slog but looks trendy in small amounts. I prefer football because you can stop when the players do!

Ok, chat soon.

Leigh Hubner

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#7 Rhys Duncan

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Posted 05 May 2005 - 05:06 AM

[ :) Steadicam isnt realy suited to all sports , sometimes hand held can be much more decisive and instinctual , steadicam comes into its own when play breaks down and good for tracking with players to and fro and the like, but in saying all that i have had some very good success shooting rugby and have developed some good speed around the sideline and have managed to keep up with some very quick plays , not because i was as fast as the players , they leave you for dead , but if you know the game , anticipate , hope they get in traffic and give you a chance to catch up , you can pull off some remarkable shots , for those in the van who can not see you , even though at times you are 10 to 20 metres behind
(good use of the zoom) they can still be made to believe that you are neck and neck , and do not be scared of time in the saddle , a rugby game sees me in my rig for 2 hours and the fitness level sure goes up , so that when you get to work on a little movie ,thats a breeze, my next gig is the test rugby when the lions play the allblacks in june july
that will be fun , and i will be wireless this time , i have had my fare share of towing cables , but that is another thing you grow to love , because the wireless solution adds more batterries and more weight and that is your enemy. B)
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#8 Ari Gertler

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Posted 07 May 2005 - 03:12 AM

I just wanted to tip my hat to all of the Steadicam Ops at last years Rugby World Cup in Australia. There were some incredible tracking shots, and no rest for 45 minutes is very impressive. The viewer was able to get a real feeling for a game that is non-stop action. Great work to all.

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