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5 Tips to Film a Car Scene

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Audio Tutorials, Cinematography & Filmmaking

audio, car scene, deity, driving, Sound

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5 Tips to shoot a cinematic video in and around a car on a budget. Learn how to capture crisp sound, how to setup camera and lighting to film a dynamic driving scene without expensive equipment.

Deity was so kind to send us several of their entry-level microphones and use them for a project. Since we’ve already covered audio in multiple tutorials, we decided to make something specific today; filming a car scene. We’ve got 3 great audio tips and 2 camera tips in the video on top.


Although Deity is a new brand, their microphones aren’t. The audio products where first developed by Aputure and later brought into a new brand as they both wanted to focus on one line. It’s always fun to meet these guys on IBC, a convention for fillmmakers. Their booths are next to each other and you can try out the new lighting a audio products.

Deity and Aputure at IBC 2019
Deity and Aputure at IBC 2019

Car Scenes

It’s only recently, since I’ve been making shorts, that I had to shoot car scenes. We’ve tried various techniques such as green screens, projectors and of course riding for real. For one of my short films we had the actor play a drunk character, so we had to shoot in a studio. We had chosen to setup a projector behind the car, playing a video we shot earlier of the road passing by. Yannick had an orange light on a stand which he could turn 360° around to mimicker the street lights.

It was a lot of fun to shoot it and the results where perfect! And although it’s pretty cheap to shoot with projectors and it requires no further post production, you do need the space for it.

Car Scene in Studio
Filming a car scene using moving lights and projectors

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1 thought on “5 Tips to Film a Car Scene”

  1. Great video Jordy

    I’ve just done two films with car dialog scenes. I used lavalier mics in sun visors and cardioid Sennheiser in cup holder. But I found Nite Ize Gear Tie cables work very well as mini-booms for lavs. Stick them in the rear seat pockets on car seats or in air vents. They twist easily to any shape you want and are only $6US. They can be positioned low like in your videos and won’t show on camera.


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