Lately I have being trying out some chase footage with me Flozone FPV and Smoke Out FPV. At the start we were not very good and did not get any consistent close flying, however we have being progressing and gradually getting better footage. Here is a video of our latest video where we fly over a forest at golden hour.
If you are interested in getting some similar footage, I am going to talk about how I capture these moments.
First, I think that speed is the most important part of chase footage, because if you are both going at different speeds then you will never get anywhere near. I personally prefer going at a medium to slow pace, but close to the ground because then you are in more control of your quad and therefore will get better footage. This also means that instead of just trying to catch up with the other person, you can actually experiment filming from different angles, such as to the side or below the other quad. When you are both progressing then you can gradually increase the speed that you are both going at, but make sure that you are both comfortable with this.
For me, the second most important aspect of chase is communication, because the front person needs to be told what to do. Whether that is to slow down, lose or gain altitude or whatever needs to be done so that you can get the best shot. Also, the front man needs to tell the back person what they are going to do next such as take a slow right turn or gain altitude, because that then gives the other person an idea of where to head next. This is very important as it reduces the amount of time trying to look for each other as the back person did not know where the front went.
Spatial awareness I think is another key feature of chase, as you need to be able to get close to the quad in front of you, but also not crash into the tree you are passing. What I do that I think helps, is look around the spot before you fly, and maybe suggest some possible paths to follow. Then also look for certain landmarks that you could fly past, this helps you not only to find each other, but you also know what is around that spot to be careful of.
I hope that you find this information helpful and thanks for reading. Make sure to check both Flozone FPV and Smoke Out FPV on YouTube and there’s maybe some more chase footage coming out soon.
Charlie aka Flozone FPV