Ever wonder how they film car-based shows like Carpool Karaoke, Comedian in Cars Getting Coffee, and the classic Cash Cab? When a client recently asked Powderhouse to recreate the look for a series of Orlando-based recruiting videos, we got to work. Here’s some of how we did it.
We knew we needed a good sized vehicle to be able to mount all the cameras and other gear and still leave room for the driver and passenger. This rented Chevy Tahoe fit the bill. And yes, we got all the insurance.
We were very happy to be working with our outstanding Florida-based crew: DP Chris McDaniel, Sound Recordist Scott Carroll, and PA Francisco Hidalgo. We began by mounting three GoPros inside the car.
One suction cup: good. Two suction cups: better.
We needed to shoot all day, so we couldn’t rely on the GoPros’ tiny internal batteries. Everything was externally powered…
…including these handy kitchen cabinet lights from Home Depot, which provided a bit of fill for our subjects’ faces.
The GoPros send a picture over wifi to an iphone app so we could set each camera’s shot.
Safety first. Every wire had to be secured firmly into place.
Finally, a GoPro mounted on the hood got the driver’s POV. Note Chris’ hi-tech vibration dampening device – half a squishy ball from the dollar store. Worked great.