These clips show some of my minicam work on the longest-running children's television programme:
The first shows an under-board camera for Helen's very first stunt for the programme and, had it not been for the crash helmet - it would almost certainly have been her last. Ouch!
The speedboat racing was part of the 50th Anniversary programme.
I fitted two waterproof cameras to each of the presenters' boats, giving a one-shot and a two-shot on each.
I've added in some of the raw footage, as it is much cleaner than what was televised (I haven't got a particularly good signal in my area!)
The cameras on the kites was also for the 50th Anniversary programme, and was filmed at the Bristol Kite Festival in 2008.
The opening sequence was acheived by fitting a top-quality camera onto a custom-made gimbol mount, which, in turn, was mounted onto a 30ft long, glass-fibre pole. This gave the look of a kite lifting off from the ground.
However, the second part shows the view from a large 'lifting-kite', which was at around 250ft from the ground.
The horse-camera was a sort of 'experiment', but there has been some interest in using it for a project in the US.
The dog-mounted camera footage is much better on the original tape... it doesn't look brilliant here - mainly due to being so compressed :-(
If you are a Crufts organiser, or run Flyball competitons, drop me a line at the email address shown below.
Since I recorded this footage, I have added an option of being able to record 'on-board', by means of a tiny(!) MPEG4 recorder.
This set-up has already been used by a production company for several programmes - namely - 'My Life As A Dog' and a programme about pigs called (imaginitively!) 'My Life As A... yes, you guessed it.. Pig'.
Search and Rescue is a 'possibility', but, as with any video-transmission system of this type, if the dog goes underground, you will lose the signal... not a lot I can do about that... unless you use a transmitter SO powerful...it cooks the dog!
Paintballing is a terrific - but dodgy! - place to try and film, but I built this little system some years ago.
You capture all the action as it happens... as you'll see!
(The updated version has audio, but all you hear is a lot of huffing, puffing and swearing!)
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