5 TIPS FOR FILMING VIDEO AT THE RACE TRACK
As the official Videographer for Global Time Attack, the Premier Time Attack Series here in the U.S., I have learned a few things myself about filming at the track. Just thought I'd share with you, 5 Tips for filming video at the race track.
1. YOU WILL NEED A MEDIA PASS
In order to get the best shots, you really need to have access to certain areas of the track that are restricted to spectators. These are typically safe areas but much closer to the action. If behind a barrier fence, there is usually an open spot for media as well. You will usually need to sign a waiver first, and then required to wear a bright colored vest. Not all tracks require them...so I recommend picking one up at Walmart for about ten bucks.
If you have never been to a race track before...they are HUGE!!!! I highly recommend acquiring some sort of transportation while at the track, whether it be a Bicycle, Skateboard, Pit Bike, or rent a Golf Cart. You will need to be able to move from one part of the track to another quickly between sessions. Sometimes, walking just won't cut it. And don't forget to wear comfortable shoes!
3. CAMERA EQUIPMENT
Do not ever be discouraged by the equipment available to you. Whatever you have, just learn to use it. Personally, My primary camera is a Sony A6300, nothing terribly fancy...but it shoots well. Having a tripod available is helpful...but can be cumbersome to carry around. I find using a monopod makes my life so much easier to get around with. I also recommend the use of GoPro's if you can...allows you to mount them on cars for a different point of view for the video. Also, since you are filming outside...I strongly recommend the use of a "Dead Cat" on your camera mic to help with wind noise.
4. GET TO KNOW THE PEOPLE
The best part of filming at the track...is the people involved. Everyone from the staff, to the drivers/teams, and the fans...are there to have a good time for a weekend with their "Track Family" Include them in the video and show their personalities. When you post up the video, they will be the first the share it on Social Media!!
5. ENJOY YOURSELF AND HAVE FUN!
Lets face it...very few of us will ever make a living a filming race events. Take in the smells of burnt rubber and race fuel, loud engines and screeching tires, and the beauty of the track around you. It could be worse...you could be stuck at the office doing your boring job and hating life like you do Monday thru Friday.
As you can see, there really isn't a lot to think about when filming at the track. Just come prepared with your equipment, have a way to get around, film everything you can and make some new friends and memories! Your first few videos make suck like mine did...but with practice, you'll continue to get better at it, and if you're like me...count the days til the next one!