Nokia Lumia 1020 and Freerunning: The Perfect Filming Combination

Freerunning parkour

What do Nokia Lumia 1020 and freerunning have in common? Not much, except perhaps the Lumia 1020 is probably one of the few phones on the planet able to capture the frantic, energetic movement of jumping and bouncing across rooftops – typical of the parkourlike discipline.

Claudiu Voicu is one of the best sport filmmakers working in the industry these days. He was recently in Santorini to film the Red Bull Art of Motion freerunning event, a great contest on the beautiful Greek island, just revolving around freerunning – which is considered parkour’s descendant.

As a matter of fact, Claudiu exclusively used a Nokia Lumia 1020 to shoot the video, and the results, as you’ll see soon enough, are pretty stunning. In an interview following the event, between Claudiu and Joel from Nokia, the filmmaker explained why he decided the Lumia 1020 was the best candidate for filming the freerunning contest.

Before we explore some of the functionalities Claudiu loves about the 1020 model, you may want watch the video, which some people at Conversations by Nokia believe to be the best ever done with that particular phone.

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Lumia 1020′s Goodies According to Claudiu

Claudiu chose this phone most of all for its ease of use and size. The major advantage of the 1020 is that the camera inside the phone allows you to film much more action moments – as opposed to a normal DSLR camera (Digital single-lens reflex) – such as jumping from a rooftop to another, capturing much more action. Furthermore, even the OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), performed very well for Claudiu, in situations like speeding downhill through bumpy roads on quad bikes.

Moreover, the filmmaker underlines how the Lumia 1020 is always ready to go; and from the very first day you get it out of the box. As a matter of fact, Claudiu used to get the phone out of his pockets and start filming, with no adjustments required at all. Auto-exposure and auto-focus are two great functions of almost all Lumia models, being something much exploited by Claudiu during filming, which is not a function his DSLR camera certainly has.

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About Red Bull Art of Motion and Freerunning

Every year Red Bull Art in Motion brings together some of the best freerunners from around the globe, competing each time in a different beautiful spot across the planet. The contest started for the first time in Vienna (Austria) in 2007.

The event sees a winner each time, among the 18 freerunners competing against each other, but the real challenge is against the course; it’s a kind of 18 different contests event, so to speak.

As mentioned above, freerunning is considered the successor of parkour – and finds its origin in France and United Kingdom. Founded in 2003, freerunning is a non-olympic discipline, and originated by the idea of untrained native tribes of Africa that were able to move past obstacles with great agility.

This below is another example of freerunning in action.


Intro image: Men in the jungle.jpg courtesy of felpafelpa
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