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Filming a single shot fight scene – Stage to screen

Fact: Fighting is not cool.   Fact: Stage fighting is very, very cool. 

Recently I’ve had this recurring thought. A nagging idea about filming epic fight scenes that do all the things I want them to do in the movies. I used to choreograph fights for a touring theatre company in my distant past. Now I’m taking those skills and the pool of talented performers I know to make fight scenes like this one.

 

It all started with a promo video for Off The Ground’s – Musketeers. With no preparation I joined a rehearsal and watched a set of fights choreographed for stage before capturing the footage in the video below.

 

I’d recently bought a DJI phantom and the stabilized Gopro footage it provides proved way better than I could have hoped. After a little thought and some more equipment I’m now using a new rig (see below) light enough to get right into the action so after rounding up a couple of actor friends we set about choreographing the fight and camera at the same time.

Check out the equipment used to film this video

I knew I wanted everything to work as one shot so each hit must be positioned in terms of the camera and each move planned out. In reality, stage combat is much closer to dance than it is to fighting.

‘Fight Club #1’ is the result of about 3 hours of preparation, rehearsal and filming. The plan is to get together regularly, produce these mini scenes and with your feedback, improve and expand the project

Feiyu G4 + Flycam 5000 = super-stabilized Gopro footage.

If you haven’t kept up with the news, DJI have just released their new OSMO filming platform. A handheld 3D gimbal with integrated 12mp 4K camera. If you want to stick to your trusted Gopro the leading alternative is the FeiyuTech G4 series.

The G4 itself holds any Gopro and stabilizes it’s movement with sensors and motors on all 3 axis. The resulting video is impressively smooth compared to handheld but it doesn’t compensate for any vertical movement you make when carrying the unit. It’s light too so it’s easy to introduce obvious camera shake whilst filming tracking shots.

The answer? My solution is to pair the Gimbal to a Flycam 5000 rig, built to stabilize larger DSLR cameras. With a modified gopro mount the G4 can be mounted horizontally or vertically and once balanced provides stunningly slick footage like this..

I’ll post some details of my full setup soon. I’m working on sending the live preview through to a wireless monitor mounted to the rig. Once that’s done I’ll show it off.