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Posted 06 April 2015 - 11:58 AM

Produced in 1988, this video includes interviews with Fred Francis, inventor of Scalextric. Quality a bit grainy as the video was transferred from the original VHS.


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Posted 08 April 2015 - 04:44 PM

After watching this video several times, one interesting thing I noticed is the various shots of the cars running on a track.

In 1988, GoPro and similar small cameras didn't exist so I was curious as to how those shots were made.

Best I can tell, the filmmakers set up a circular track and placed a camera on some sort of boom to position it in front of the car. Can't tell whether the boom rotated or whether the track was mounted on some sort of turntable that was synchronized to rotate at the same speed as the car but in the opposite direction.

Take a look and post your thoughts...

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Posted 20 April 2015 - 02:43 PM

There is also these two VHS tapes on Scalextric.

 

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The rear covers of both these tapes are the same.

 

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Posted 20 April 2015 - 07:58 PM

I assume these are PAL format?


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Posted 20 April 2015 - 09:06 PM

After watching this video several times, one interesting thing I noticed is the various shots of the cars running on a track.

In 1988, GoPro and similar small cameras didn't exist so I was curious as to how those shots were made.

Best I can tell, the filmmakers set up a circular track and placed a camera on some sort of boom to position it in front of the car. Can't tell whether the boom rotated or whether the track was mounted on some sort of turntable that was synchronized to rotate at the same speed as the car but in the opposite direction.

Take a look and post your thoughts...

 

I'm thinking they made a special camera car that ran on the adjacent lane.

 

Also looks like a few shots were done by having the car mounted directly to the camera car and trailing behind it.

 

Very good camera work. As good as 1:1 shots in Hollywood.


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Posted 21 April 2015 - 08:06 AM

The VHS video's "The History of Scalextric" are in the PAL format which was the standard for the UK.

 

Watching the video "Scalextric - 30 Years of an Extraordinary Toy" I get the impression that the cars are running on a rotating circular track, with a fixed camera filming the action.

 

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