GoPro Movies: Find the Best Position for the Camera

By John Carucci

There’s a certain swagger to GoPro movies that makes them stand out from their more conventional counterparts. Whether it’s a segment of breathtaking action sequences, unique perspectives, or a little of both, there’s something truly distinctive about movies made with this camera. But they’re not impervious to the fundamentals of the best places to put the camera.

That’s because great moviemaking revolves around assembling an array of shots that comes together like a visual symphony. If you think of each shot as a note of music, you will realize that sometimes it doesn’t matter how beautiful that note sounds on its own, because it needs other notes for it to sound complete. The same thing happens when you apply a nice mix of shots to your movie.

So variety isn’t just the spice of life, it also adds flavor to your movie. That means altering the camera-to-subject distance or mixing in different angles keeps the viewer more interested in your movie than, say, using a bunch of eye-level shots. They’re necessary, but if that’s all you got, your audience will suffer from terminal yawning.

It also means putting the camera in unusual places to show a unique view, such as using a roll bar mount to attach the camera on a shovel, as seen here.

Attaching the camera to a shovel handle during fall leaf cleanup shows an interesting perspective.

Attaching the camera to a shovel handle during fall leaf cleanup shows an interesting perspective.