When Henry Bloomfield contacted us to create a video for his new single ‘Royal Flush,’ the concept came to us almost instantly. In the story, the Joker (played by Bloomfield himself) makes a play on the ‘Queen of Hearts.’ When the King finds out, he chases the Joker through the streets.
With a few twists, turns, and obstacles, we follow them through the chase, and had to come up with creative ways to capture the sequence.
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In order to get the tracking shots in the beginning of the video, we opted for a Glidecam – operated by Jordan Tetewsky. The challenge though, was being able to get the shot without having Jordan run backwards at full speed and risk toppling over. We had to physically move him fast enough to keep up with the actors, so he could get the proper framing and focus, rather than focus on not breaking his neck.
The solution was an old indy filmmaking trick called the wheelchair dolly.
We strapped up Jordan in a wheelchair and pulled him backwards so he could capture the running feet close-ups with the Glidecam. This way he was free to concentrate on framing and getting smooth footage, and all we had to do is get him moving at the same speed as the actors.
Check out some behind the scenes stills of this technique in action on our Dark White Media Facebook page.