Being the only experienced skateboarder in the group, here's a fun little video testing out the idea of using a custom skateboard combined with a Steadicam. Pretty windy this day and takes a bit of practice, but very promising and fun! We'll be going out practicing again.
More information about our setup at oliviatech.com/steadicam-blackbird-electric-skateboard
The idea is to cover a lot of ground, move fast, and use a Steadicam setup. Chasing a moving subject with a Steadicam can wear a person out pretty quick. We needed something that could cover different terrains from gravel, dirt, grass, and uneven ground. A Segway would be perfect, but outside of normal budgets. The Segway is also very large, heavy, and would need a way to transport it to a location. This custom electric skateboard seemed like the perfect idea to try out for a hands free way of moving quickly. We’re using a Steadicam Merlin vest to carry the weight of the BlackBird Video Camera stabilizer (fits perfectly with no modifications). This makes it easy to carry the stabilizer and control the board with the handheld remote.
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(cover photo credit: snap from the video)