Feb 4, 2019

Nissan S13 Silvia Drifting at Tenzan: Trying a New GoPro Mounting Location


Nissan S13 Silvia Drifting at Tenzan:

Trying a New GoPro Mounting Location

by Dustin Mankin

When I go to an event, I'm always looking to get extra footage and trying to think about how I can get 3-4 videos from a single event. Mind you, the next few things are not complaining or whining, they are just the cold hard facts. I'm not monetized, I don't make any money from my videos, and I actually (from a business standpoint) lose money on every single event I go to. Therefore I have to squeeze THE MAX out of every opportunity.

One way I can do that is by getting my action cameras on as many cars as they will permit me to. Car mounted footage was super rare outside of professional productions about 14-15 years ago. The GoPro revolutionized that. But soon the novelty wore off, and the ever important question of "How can I get a cooler angle than other guys?" became more and more important.

As I said before, I don't make a lot of money (read: none) doing this, so I can't buy as much stuff as I'd like. What I can do, however, is use my brain to try to get the max out of my equipment, or at the minimum figure out how a $5.00 adapter can get me an angle instead of having to buy a whole other mount.

Enter this current video.

This S13 is super cool to me... I dig damaged drift cars. It shows character. I met the owner of this car a while back, when I first came to Japan. In fact, I met him at the first event I was ever invited to at a place lovingly referred to as Inoshishi Circuit.

Inoshishi means wild pig, or boar... and the owner does in fact have a wild pig farm on his property.

This meeting is also the reason that to this day, when it comes to suction mounts, I only run name brand GoPro suction mounts. Watch the video below to find out why:

Yeah. Almost cost me my only action camera at the time.

The owner of this bronze bomber is the owner of the white S13 in this week's video as well. And the camera that fell off? It's in this video, too. Still going strong after I ordered a housing lens cover repair kit. And yes it's a 1st gen HD Hero. Have I mentioned not making money, yet?

This S13 is your "average" JDM drift Silvia, although it does not mean it is a slouch in any way, shape, or form. In Japan, while the build is important... the seat time is more important. A good Japanese driver could out do your FD Pro 2 level YouTube build in your mom's 1998 gray Camry.

Seat time guys... you'll hear it from me a lot!

Speaking of seats, here is an interior shot for you. Nothing crazy, just the JDM Special. A deep dish wheel and a Recaro. Your mom's favorite shift knob is in there, too... but I don't think that really matters. Long and strong, son.

The one thing we had an issue with, is we had run out of tires. Not to worry, one of the other drivers GAVE us a pair to run, so we could make our video. Japanese drifters really are the NICEST people on the planet.

We got those thrown on, and we headed out on to the track, and I was really eager to see if my planned camera angles would work. Ah, yes... the GoPro stuff:

I found a nice mount that I think is supposed to hold a small LED light and an Action Camera. I guess it could also hold two GoPro Sessions, or, if you are like me and have an idea, two full sized action cameras.

The idea is that the camera on the interior (black in this photo) can get either  a back-facing or front-facing shot like a traditional mounted action camera. Something like this:

The outer facing one (at least when drifting) can get an oncoming car. This camera only serves that one purpose, so it's not for everyone or every time. In fact, I could only get one shot worth having out of 7 minutes on track. Now, if people knew it was for proximity and knew it was for banging doors footage... this thing has the potential to be EPIC. Here is the shot I got in my test:

Imagine if he knew the camera was there and both drivers agreed to bang doors. Can you imagine that 180 creeping closer and closer to the lead car? That would be INSANE. No denying.

The camera was a bit far from the base, so it had a little bit of shake, but I fixed it in post. I wouldn't not want to do that on multiple shots or on long takes... this short clip took long enough in After Effects. I think I have a remedy for that.... and that is a discussion for another blog article!

I also brought my iPhone X with me to take some shots in the car. All in all, it turned out pretty good!

Here is the whole video. I hope you enjoy it!!

And lastly.... some bonus shots:


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