Thunder Rocks Superprestigio with Amazing Video
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Among the many surprising, interesting, entertaining things I saw in Barcelona last weekend was the scene pictured above: a guy carrying a video camera and tripod, running around the interior of the Superprestigio flat track at Palau Sant Jordi, trying to keep up with riders like Marc Marquez.
I must confess that when I first saw him in action, I found the scene more humorous than anything else. I didn’t imagine that the results of this type of videography could yield anything particularly worth watching. I assumed that the footage would be so jerky it would be unusable, and that the guy was just trying something out that would end up having been a waste of time. I was wrong.
The animated .gif below gives you an idea of what I saw. (FYI the .gif file is 2.5MB and may take a few moments to load.)
When I first noticed this guy I had no idea who he was or where he was from. I wondered why he kept the camera attached to the tripod while he was filming like this, and only later did it occur to me that he might find it helped to balance the camera, sort of in the manner of a Steadicam. The weight below the video camera would probably help keep it steady as he ran.
Some time later a guy approached me in the media center to say hello and at first I didn’t identify him as the one pictured above. It turns out that the likable fellow is none other than Thunder, the videographer working with Flat Track Live. I hadn’t realized it when I first saw him running around the inside of the track that he and I were actually working together!
Once I knew who he was, I got a few shots of him in action, including the series I turned into the animated .gif file. It turns out the footage he was creating is FANTASTIC. Check it out on the Flat Track Live Facebook page!
Thunder, it was great meeting you, and my apologies for not seeing immediately that you knew just what you were doing. This is just one example of your great footage from Superpresitgio.
If you need something like this for project, find Thunder on his website.
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