The GoPro Hero2 is a beast. Once a week, I spend hours trolling GoPro’s Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube channel to get ideas for a cinematic use of their technology. That’s what I tell myself anyway… I actually just love watching extreme people doing kickass things with tiny cameras attached to them. Slowly, filmmakers and TV directors have started to utilize these action cameras. I have seen them in a few reality TV shows and heard about a feature film shot entirely with a helmet-mounted GoPro in Australia(Last Ride). This is pretty damn exciting. That is why I want to take a portion of our Kickstarter funds and create some custom GoPro rigs.
The rig that I am most excited to start work on is what I call GoPro Teethcam. There is a beast out in the woods and I want to have a shot from inside its mouth. Think of mounting a GoPro in the mouth of a werewolf, shark, alien, or other baddie and then imagine it chasing a human through a dense forest. I want to create a mock jaw of our beast and put a GoPro in it. To do this, I will make a mold of the creature’s mouth and cast it with epoxy resin. After painting it, we will use some light PVC fittings to attach a GoPro mount at the back of the cast jaw. To be able to run around with our GoPro Teethcam, I will attach two handles on the sides of the jaw. To enhance the believability of the shot, I want to use small drill bits to tap through a few teeth. Then, we can pump saline solution throug micro tubing to create the illusion of drool.
The second rig I want to create is a “SnorriCam” mount. This camera mount has been used by filmmakers like Darren Aronofsky and Martin Scorsese. It creates a close and surreal shot by attaching a camera to a performer, pointing directly at their nose. In the GoPro community, there are a few great rigs made out of PVC, which are usually only supported by a few elastic straps. I want to take the design to next level by creating a custom vest the will reduce wiggling and provide more support. I want to make it as stable as the professional Snorricams, but weightless and extremely mobile. This way, we aren’t limited to shots of people walking around. I want actors to be able to jump from things, fight aliens and flying monkeys, do back flips, and roundhouse kicks while wearing the GoPro Snorri rig.
In this clip from Requiem for a Dream, we see the Snorricam reversed to follow the actress. It stays level with the head. This is nice, but what if I want it to look like a third person view in a video game? The Last Buck Hunt is about a hunting show. I’ve met some hunters and gun people; they are always interested in making themselves look awesome holding guns. The same goes for filmmakers. I want to take the Snorri concept but attach it lower on the body, behind an actor to achieve this look. Not only will this rig let us get some stellar shots that aren’t seen much outside of video games, but it will also translate into an easily modifiable setup to attach anywhere on a performer. Take that a step further and we can attach it to a creature’s suit, as they chase actors through the forest. I hope this gives a clear idea about what type of rigs Becky and I want to build with our Kickstarter funds. Hopefully, you are as excited about them as we are! Also keep in mind, I will be sharing how I created these rigs and post tutorials for everyone to see. Thanks for reading and your support.