Camera Inside a Football Films View from Air (Dec, 1938)

Camera Inside a Football Films View from Air
Wonder what the stadium looks like to the football sailing through the air? You’ll soon know. For a novel sequence in a football picture filmed in the Rose Bowl by RKO-Radio Pictures, a sixteen-millimeter movie camera was fitted inside a football made of balsa wood. The lens looked out from a window in the end of the imitation ball. As the player forward-passed the football, a release spring started the camera grinding, and a panoramic view of the field and the players was recorded until the ball came to rest in the receiver’s arms.

  1. Stannous says: August 11, 20079:08 am

    umm, wouldn’t the picture be spiraling?

  2. jayessell says: August 13, 20075:41 am

    A slit instead of a shutter would produce a 360 degree panorama.

    Like the rotating camera seen in GhostBusters II while photographing the painting.

    Or…. really fast film

  3. nlpnt says: August 13, 20076:19 pm

    I can only wonder how much that camera weighed

  4. prathees says: September 10, 20098:39 am

    what is the operating principle of camera

  5. jayessell says: September 10, 20098:56 am

    If the film was very sensitive and allowed very short exposures each frame could be
    rotated to be right-side-up using a optical printer/animation stand.


    The experiment may have failed and the film was scrapped for being too blurry.

  6. Bruce McDaniel says: December 9, 200910:38 am

    Why not use a wireless security camera installed into both ends of the ball?

  7. Firebrand38 says: December 9, 200911:36 am

    Not in 1938.

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