This dog films skateboarders better than I ever will

Jan 12, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

This dog films skateboarders better than I ever will

Jan 12, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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If there’s one thing I know about skateboarders, it’s that they’ll go to great lengths to film themselves pulling off tricks. But finding a camera operator to follow you around all the time isn’t easy. At least, not for most people.

For London based illustrator, designer and skateboarder, Rob Mathieson, the solution is simple. Strap a camera to his Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Ladies and gentleman, meet Fatman the Dog, camera op extraordinaire. And it’s one of the most awesome things I’ve ever seen.

I’ve no idea what camera is riding on the back of Fatman, but given that the angle of the camera manages to stay glued to the skater regardless of the dog’s orientation, I’d guess it might possibly be a 360° camera. Insta360 and several other 360° camera companies have software that will let you track and convert 360° footage to flat footage in post with relative ease. And it sure would be less hassle than trying to mount a gimbal to a dog.

Regardless of how it’s done, though, I think it’s great. But I think I enjoy watching the dog’s head bouncing up and down as he runs rather than the skaters.

It does make one wonder, though. Who owns the copyright to the footage?

Be sure to head on over to Instagram and follow Fatman the Dog.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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3 responses to “This dog films skateboarders better than I ever will”

  1. Paul H Avatar
    Paul H

    I smell another PETA lawsuit coming. They will want to claim the copyright on behalf of the dog I am sure.

  2. A_n_S Avatar
    A_n_S

    Given the up and down bobbing of the dog, the video stabilization is pretty amazing!

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      That’s why I think it’s probably a 360° camera. I’ve been playing with the Insta360 ONE X recently, and the stabilisation is just nuts.