Tracking Shots Ep.5 – Giants & Race Cars

For our latest episode of Tracking Shots we’re extremely happy to bring back our old friend Vinny Minton.  You may recognize Vinny as the pro inline-skater turned cinematographer, or maybe as the guy who shot the opening for an episode of House (on rollerblades with a 5D I might add). Besides House, Vinny’s shot stuff for CSI, the Life Network, the NFL Network, and a ton of other stuff through his company, Imperial Video Productions. For Vinny’s episode, we’ll actually be doing it in 2-parts, sharing the ‘Feeling Like A Giant‘ video below and a 2nd video shortly (teaser – it’s part of the ‘featured image’ of this post).

The second video showcases the titular ‘Race Cars’ clip we hinted at.  Shot along with Studio Mountain, Vinny Camera Operated to contribute to the ISG Track Shoot featuring the GTR & GS300. A lot of the movement in the video comes from the cars themselves but if you pay close attention you’ll notice some Atlas 30 dollies in there.

Vinny pointed us to these BTS pics from the shoot, photo credit for the lot to Dobson Photography.

Vinny rockin' the Atlas 30 Camera Slider

Vinny with the Core Package and Cyclops DSLR Viewfinder

Vinny rigs up a slick car rig

The first piece is the Feeling Like A Giant music video by Ashkon featuring Bailey. Under Matt Straus and Jason Cohn’s direction, Vinny operated the A Camera for the shoot utilizing our DSLR Core Package and Atlas 30 DSLR Camera Slider. It’s not a slider heavy video, but when there is a slide it’s effective. Baseball fans (especially Giant’s fans) will get a kick out of this for sure.

Here’s a few BTS pics as well, using the Core Package and our Atlas 30.

Vinny Minton and the Core Package

Vinny hits the bleachers with an Atlas 30

Vinny Minton and Atlas 30

For this piece Vinny used the following gear:

Camera: Canon 5D Mk II

Lenses: 70-200mm f2.8 L-series, 50mm L-Series, and 16-35mm Canon

Atlas 30 DSLR Camera Slider
DSLR Core Package
Glidecam 2000hd

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10 Responses to Tracking Shots Ep.5 – Giants & Race Cars

  1. michael says:

    i dont see any racecars

  2. Clint Regehr says:

    Do you have any other “close ups” of how the Atlas 30 is mounted to the two tripods? Are there Cinevate accessories that I need for that?


    • Luke says:

      Hey Clint,
      No close-ups from that shoot, but I just took a few quick and dirty iphone pics for ya: – The Atlas 30 end block with plate, bare – Atlas 30 end block with quick release plate screwed in – Mounted to a tripod head. We’ve mounted directly to a tripod with a 100mm ball as well, don’t need 2 heads

      Hope that helps!

  3. Says that Vinny used the 70-200 for this piece – is that the behind the scenes photos? The actual video definitely had some wide angle lenses…??

  4. SHLOCK says:

    Martell (aka “Matt”) Straus is the best young director in the Bay. Incredible.

  5. Josh Palmer says:

    Vinny Minton’s the man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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