The Chase

If you haven’t watched our year-end blog show, I recommend you check that out first. We presented this Chase scene starring Tino as he attempts to outrun an elusive air craft. Watch it now with some behind the scenes coverage as well.

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One of the key shots involved a low-level aerial view from the craft. So we decided to try some helium balloons and a small HD camera. We used 2 separate kite strings to ‘control’ the position of the balloons and also as a safety mechanism, should one of the operators let go of the line. Worked pretty good, although it was more difficult to control than expected.

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6 years ago
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Have a great weekend everyone!

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Sample Video

Project File (CS4+ Particular 2)

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