For Less Than $900,* You Can Film A Chase Scene

May 1, 2013
Chase Scene
Olloclip lens
This three-in-one iPhone lens easily changes from macro to fish-eye to wide-angle.
+ Spices up your iPhone shots
- Fuzzy edges of lens are sometimes visible
Tascam iM2 stereo microphone
Download the free software, plug the Tascam into your iPhone, and start recording. This particular stereo microphone is best for picking up high-quality ambient noise. If you want to get a really crisp audio recording of your car's engine or exhaust, though, you'll need more equipment.
+ Easy way to get audio
- Fussy iPhone software
iStabilizer dolly
Basically an articulating tripod on wheels, which is ideal for panning shots. Despite its name, road imperfections easily jostle the dolly. We fashioned a cardboard platform for it.
+ Movable arm captures infinite angles
- Lack of suspension means shaky footage
GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition
We love GoPro even more than before now that the Hero 3 is out. The top-tier Black Edition comes with a waterproof housing, a pivoting arm, and a wireless remote.
+ Versatile and easy-to-use
- Memory card and suction mount cost extra
GoPole Grenade Grip
Unnecessary if you can use a GoPro without dropping it. We're butterfingers, so we like this grip. It's stout, easy-to-use, and keeps us from ruining the $400 camera.
+ Inexpensive
- If you shake, it shakes
Neutral density filter for GoPro
Reduces the intensity of the light going into your camera. That makes your shots a bit smoother and, crucially, makes the car look like it's going faster by enhancing motion blur.
+ Drive slow, look fast
- Once it's on, it's not coming off
Torment 1:10-scale, ready-to-race RC truck
Pros use high-speed chase cars like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo to shoot motion sequences. You can try an RC car. Buy the fastest you can afford, remove the body, and zip-tie a camera to the front of the chassis. Off-road shooting requires four-wheel drive.
+ Captures dramatic moving and undercar shots
- Drains batteries quickly


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