The idea is to cover a lot of ground, move fast, and use a Steadicam setup. Chasing a moving subject with a Steadicam can wear a person out pretty quick. We needed something that could cover different terrains from gravel, dirt, grass, and uneven ground. A Segway would be perfect, but outside of normal budgets. The Segway is also very large, heavy, and would need a way to transport it to a location. This custom electric skateboard seemed like the perfect idea to try out for a hands free way of moving quickly. We’re using a Steadicam Merlin vest to carry the weight of the BlackBird Video Camera stabilizer (fits perfectly with no modifications). This makes it easy to carry the stabilizer and control the board with the handheld remote.
This board from E-Glide are hand made custom built machines with the best all terrain wheels and trucks you can find. We requested to have the cable lengthened specifically for use with Steadicam setup. It’s a fast machine, so it’s unlike riding a regular skateboard, but lots of fun. Without much practice, here’s the results from the first practice run on a very windy day. The board performed perfectly across a variety of hard terrain, but with a bit more practice using a Steadicam + Skateboard together, i’m sure we’ll get even better results. We opted for the more expensive board, but there’s a variety of inexpensive and different ones below.
There’s also many Electric SkateBoards via Amazon
Powerboards All Terrain Skateboards on Amazon