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    Default Car mount vs. green screen, for car shots.

    Some scene shoots I have coming up involve a some scenes with characters talking in cars. I tried writing the scenes so the characters would talk before and after the driving, but to me, it wouldn't make sense for characters to stop talking during the car ride and wait to pick up the conversation again, if the conversation were important.

    And so thus, they would naturally speak during the car trip. For shooting that, I thought about getting this car mount.

    https://www.proaim.com/camtree-gripp...car-mount.html

    But then a couple of filmmakers told me I should just green screen it instead, and forget the cost of a car mount to the budget. But when it comes to green screen, first I have to get the background window footage and I have to point the car out the window and shoot, like they showed on an episode of film riot.

    But what they didn't really cover is, how is it that when I shoot the actor in a non-moving car with a green screen, that how do I get the footage of the actor to shake along with the other footage?

    The car footage of buildings going by which will be the background footage, will be shaky since it's shot from a car. Now shaky is not necessarily bad, since it's a moving car, but how do you get the footage of the actor to match the shakes in sync? Or should I just spend the money on the car mount, as doing it a green screen way, may be too complicated in comparison?

    What do you think?

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    Can you just make the driving scene super short - like a few seconds? Have the conversation entirely before the drive, then have them listen to music instead while in the car? You'd only need a brief clip of music, which you can probably get for free from a local band in exchange for a credit.

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    NOTE:
    It all depends on the plot, ironpony.
    Green screen?. Chroma green screen? What do colors symbolize?... What does green symbolize... in that scene...
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    Well I haven't really gone over what colors will be in the scenes yet.

    As for them having the conversation before they get in the car, I don't think that will work. Basically a witness is giving her statement to the police, and then one of the main police characters drives her home, and they are discussing what is going on. But I don't think they are going to have this whole discussion before getting in the car, and then keep silent all the way to her place, when their are dramatic things going to talk about.

    There is also another car scene later, where a character is in a ticking time bomb scenario and has to drive to a certain place ASAP to get something, but he has to be on the phone to go over what him and the other characters are going to do and have to come up with a plan. He is not going to stop driving to talk on the phone, because then he is using up his time, and someone may die if he stops to talk and delay things. So I feel that these two scenes, would make a more sense during driving.


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    The cheapest and simplest thing is to have the camera in the car - back seat, front passenger seat, etc. If you have two characters in the car, you can have the DP & the director in there with them, and shoot multiple angles from multiple seats.

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    Okay thanks. I thought of this as well, it's just from the back seat you cannot see the actors faces very well, and you are mostly getting the backs of their heads with only maybe a third of their faces as they turn to look at the other actor. So I feel that they you are not getting much emotion from those angles.

    As for shooting from the passenger seat, and shooting the driver, it is only a one shot, of one character, where as I want shots of both characters talking or two shots for the master. I guess I just want more options than just close ups, and shots that are mostly the back of the head. I could go with that, but I just don't feel that those angles would be as good.

    Also, if we are actually driving, the car engine sound will be on, and will record with the dialogue, as oppose to the car being still, with green screen. So would that be a problem as well?

    I was told before to have a truck pull the car, so the car's engine will not have to be on. But the problem with that is, is that you can still hear the sound of the truck, driving and pulling the car, while recording dialogue. Just that audio was my concern, plus I feel the camera shots may be too close to the actors, with the angles not showing enough face emotion, if I shoot entirely from the inside.


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    If you have good audio equipment, I can tell you from experience that the truck engine won't be a problem. You can also record in the car with the engine running - I am telling you that from experience. Again.

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    Okay sure, as long as it works :). If we are driving though, I won't be able to shoot with the camera placed in the driver's seat, and I think will only be able to do a shot, and reverse shot from the backseat only. Which means I will only be able to see a third of the actors faces. And of course if you want to get face emotion, it's not a good idea to shoot only a third of the actors faces. So I was wondering, how to handle that, since it might look weird.


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