Crazy Duck Video and Photography is a small production company located just outside New York City in Weehawken, N.J. One of our favorite clients is New Jersey’s largest theme park, Six Flags Great Adventure. Crazy Duck is responsible for creating the majority of the theme park’s promotional footage.
In order to create an exciting visual story, we shoot the rides from multiple angles and also mount small cameras on the rides to acquire POV footage.
We rely on Manfrotto Super Clamps, hydrostatic arms and medium size ball heads such as the 498RC2 and 155RC tilt-top head, as these are all adapted to quickly mount to the clamps while providing excellent options for positioning. Stick-on plastic mounts and accessories are rarely an option.
Depending on the type of ride, we use DSLRs or GoPros mounted in lightweight metal cages, giving the camera bodies additional strength and providing mounting options for suspending them between or slightly above seats. The powerful g-force of the rides and the torque from their lifts and spirals can easily break or twist inferior mounts out of shape. The solid mounting gear also provides secure locations to attach our safety lines, keeping both the riders and the ride safe.
Chuck Fishbein is a senior partner and director of photography at Crazy Duck Video and Photography.