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Hi all, I can never seem to get a good angle to film jumps, making even largish jumps look small. Does anyone has any experience with filming and can offer any advice? BTW i am using like a flip camcorder and one person is filming while one person it hitting the jump.
 

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Probably should be in the Vids section, but try experimenting with different angles. From the ground facing up, or don't be afraid to jump up into a tree and shoot it from there. Try and frame the shot while also getting something in the shot for scale. A bike, a person, a car...something of a "standard" size so you can get a better feel for actual scale. Good luck!
 

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For the definitive single shot for jumps, you need to get low. Have him sit on the ground during filming. You want to be able to see as much daylight underneath your wheels as possible. That will give it the correct sense of height.

Also be sure compose so that all of you is in the frame at the highest arc of your flight. It gives a sense of a complete composition when the entire rider can stay in the frame.

For a Flip, which doesn't have a very wide angle lens, this means the filmer might have to be back a ways, and laying on his stomach to be low enough.

If you're hitting the jump multiple times, then experiment with artsy camera angles after you at least get one good holistic shot of the flight.
 

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Video always kills size.
Reps for profile photo + comment. Made my day :thumbsup:

:skep: the $14 billion porn industry disagrees! :D
hahaha. They just get smaller people...warps your sense of scale. The OP can't shrink themselves down, though.

Actually...

Maybe try filming from further away...add some scale to the frame. Park a car by it.
In my experience skiing and biking, you need pretty big jumps before they look big on film.
 

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Hi all, I can never seem to get a good angle to film jumps, making even largish jumps look small. Does anyone has any experience with filming and can offer any advice? BTW i am using like a flip camcorder and one person is filming while one person it hitting the jump.
It's been a long time since you asked if you are still interested in what angle is the best I found out if you have a rubber watch strap then you could mount the GoPro mount to the forks lowers and it will show what's in front and gives little GoPro effect.
 
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