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Using a Buggy Cam on an Automotive Studio Shoot

Updated: Feb 5, 2019

We had the chance to experiment with using the RC camera car in an automotive studio shoot setting. This was a good opportunity to test the buggy in a way that competes with or possibly exceed the traditional dolly rig or handheld gimbal shots.

Buggy Cam vs Dolly vs Slider

Slider shots are great and definitely have their place for getting those close up, detail shots with extreme precision but if you want to get more dynamic shots that covers more ground, you’ll often need a dolly which as you will likely know requires a lot more setup time laying the tracks and can be sluggish to make adjustments on the fly.

With the buggy on the other hand, you’re not constrained to tracks and can continue to adapt and explore different lines on the fly.

Fewer Reflections

If you're familiar with filming cars, especially in studio or showroom scenes, you'll likely have found yourself trying to avoid getting reflections of crew or kit in your shot.

The buggy doesn't have an invisibility cloak, nor does it bend the rules of physics but due to its smaller size than a dolly or a person, it's a lot easier to get clean shots without picking up reflections on reflective or glossy surfaces.

Got an automotive shoot of your own coming up? Get in touch and lets have some fun!