Using a GoPro On A Boom Pole

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[dropcap]I[/dropcap] really love Corridor Digital‘s YouTube channel. I would list them in the top 10 of YouTube’s filmmaking collective. Their videos boast a fun collection of VFX oriented shorts, and while they might not contain deep and subjective stories, they do have fun and imaginative VFX and cinematography that over 3,000,000 subscribers have come to love and enjoy.

Recently they uploaded a video titled Real GTA, in which they show a live action GTA world based on Grand Theft Auto V. The video is painstakingly accurate. From the sound effects, the way the money falls from people shot, and most specifically the camera that follows the character. You can watch the video below.

After watching the video, I was heavily invested into finding out how the VFX oriented short was shot. As mentioned the camera follows the character just like it would inside of the game. At first I thought it was a drone, but given how fast they travel at some point I knew there was more to it. Luckily the creators Sam and Niko also have a second channel (self-titled Sam and Niko) where they release the behind the scenes for videos on Corridor Digital. It turns out that the video was made by attaching a GoPro and GoPro gimbal to a boom pole. While they don’t go into full specifics, the behind the scenes is worth a watch to acquire that extra bit of filmmaking knowledge. Knowing that a boom pole can also be used a secondary arm, to some extent, has already given me several ideas.


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Lewis McGregor is an aspiring filmmaker, photographer and online content creator from Wales.