5 Great Examples of SnorriCam Footage
Have you ever wondered how movies, shows, and YouTubers get those really cool shots that look like they are shot directly from a person’s body? Well, those shots are very often achieved through the use of a SnorriCam (also known as a chestcam or a bodycam) setup. The camera is mounted directly to the body of the actor or subject with the lens pointing straight at their face. This makes it look like everything around the subject is moving while they stay set in one place on the screen.
You end up with a shot that lets you see the subject’s face while giving the viewer a slightly vertigo-inducing view. This effect can be hard to replicate with a large film camera, but smaller cameras like a GoPro allow you to easily capture SnorriCam shots.
We thought the following example might get your creative juices flowing to build and use your very own SnorriCam:
1. Wake “With a SnorriCam”
Even though this short clip opens with a more traditional pan shot, it quickly switches to a SnorriCam perspective, giving viewers a shot of the main character’s face as he wakes up. The SnorriCam perspective accentuates the lost, confused feeling of the main character, helping the viewer understand his position. The clip ends with a bizarre realization, and we get a fun running SnorriCam shot.
2. SnorriCam Fun!
This YouTube clip is a fun and silly compilation of a couple of people trying out different, every-day activities such as running, swinging, and more. This compilation is especially great because they really mix around the conventional uses of a SnorriCam, further disorienting the viewer. Keep your vomit bag handy if you get nauseous while watching them. Other experiments they try include hula-hooping with the SnorriCam camera.
3. Anything from Pi or Requiem for a Dream
You know how we mentioned that the SnorriCam shots build an uneasy sense of tension and disorientation? Darren Aronofsky used this to his advantage many times in his first two feature length films, Pi or Requiem for a Dream. The first is all about getting into the head of this obsessed man as he looks for the number pi in the world. Similarly, Requiem for a Dream follows four characters as they spiral into addiction. Again, the disorienting shots make the viewer feel like they’re in the heads of these characters.
4. SnorriCam Test
Here’s another test clip from a group of students. This time they use a custom built SnorriCam rig to test out different shots from several perspectives. Of particular note are the shots taken not at the subject’s face from the front, but from other directions. One clever shot involves looking at a rider on his bike as he drives down the road. This shows how the SnorriCam rig can be used in more ways than just disorientation and confusion.
5. SnorriCam Timelapse
As a final example of cool ways to use a SnorriCam, here is a sequence shot in timelapse fashion. This can be an effective shot since it combines the disorientation of a SnorriCam shot with the intense, compressed feel of a timelapse shot. Remember, you can always use multiple filming techniques at once to get truly interesting and new kinds of shots.
If you want to get cool shots like this, learn how to build your own SnorriCam, visit the DIY Snorricam page right here on DIYGoPro.com.