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#1 Adam Tyler

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 03:40 PM

I have noticed that my pelican case collection keeps growing, and I was wondering how many cases do you guys use to travel or just show up to set? also does your rig live in cases at your place or does your rig have its own room to hang out in?
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#2 Sean Jensen

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 04:54 PM

Hey there.

I probably have over 30 cases for various pieces of gear. From the micro Pelican cases to large Clydesdale cases for my sled and other things. What I bring to set depends on the show. Right now I have on the truck:

Clydesdale - sled/monitor
Pelican - Preston/brackets - full kit
Clydesdale - chargers
Modular 51 vest bag & arm bag
Modular 51 FIZ bag for on set
Modular 51 Steadi on set bag full of tools, bits & pieces and rain covers
C-stand
Custom Steadicam cart (modified Backstage cart. Like Erwin's)

I don't do many dailies so I don't need to bring everything with me when I work. I've streamlined my kit over the years but still have a tonne of stuff. It all lives in my basement on shelves.

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#3 Mike McGowan SOC

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 06:48 PM

Depends on the job but for travel, I generally go with:

Custom cart (weights 99lbs so it just makes the weight cut off).

Sled

Vest and arm

AKS (Built to fit into the top of my cart and holds basically everything)

Battery

AKS#2 (if I'm using my car rig or other rigging equipment, rollerblades, vehicle mount, etc.)

6 or 7 cases total.
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#4 Charles Papert

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 08:55 PM

I just arrived on location, joined my gear at the production office (once again, having it shipped in advance is the way to go) and unpacked 12 cases including my cart. Now that I'm built, I'm down to the cart with two cases onboard, rolling American stand with frontbox and 3 additional small cases that live on the truck (backups and rarely-needs). The rest of the cases got tucked away until the show wraps.
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Posted 04 August 2009 - 09:46 AM

For traveling / live work I can break it down to my two Steadicam stock cases, a battery case and a stand... if I have to. Otherwise my custom Landau / Fracol cart system is four cases that build onto the cart with top shelf, the cart itself and the sled case. Once on-location the sled case goes away and I live off the cart.

As for home, the cart and rig are always set up since I tend to tinker and work on the gear.

Like Charles I have at least two dozen cases that range from the big Anvil style to Pelicans and Storm cases. When I re-cased my rental gear a few years ago I went with all Storm cases and like them a lot better than the Peli's... I seem to get pinched a lot less ;-}
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#6 Adam Tyler

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 12:18 PM

when traveling do you guys trust your latches/TSA or do you put locks on your cases? I worked on a show once that was traveling and the tech guy put zip ties on all the cases after TSA checked them out.
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#7 Mike Marriage

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 01:27 PM

I agree with Robert about the Storm cases, IMO cheaper and better than Pelis.

Adam, I tend to zip tip my cases to keep out opportunistic fingers whilst allowing an official to take a look for the loss of a cable tie if they have to - Gyros look especially dodgy in airport scanners!
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Posted 04 August 2009 - 02:12 PM

1 Giant Peli, 3 Medium Pelis, 1 Small Peli, American Stand and Sandbag. Manage to fit in all in a 2-door coupe. The giant Peli is the
only person riding shotgun in my ride.
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Posted 04 August 2009 - 02:15 PM

When flying I zip tie my cases and include additional zip ties inside of the case for them to replace them with.

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 09:03 PM

when traveling do you guys trust your latches/TSA or do you put locks on your cases? I worked on a show once that was traveling and the tech guy put zip ties on all the cases after TSA checked them out.


The consumer grade TSA locks just get torn off especially with heavy cases banging against them. There are heavier duty TSA combo locks that take a good beating without busting apart. I think I got them at FilmTools.

All my cases get two locks, neon zip ties and red 2" gaff taped over the latches in a T shape. I figure the least appealing it looks for a TSA rep to get into it and the more I can make it look apparent that it has been sealed and opened the better off I am. It's a pain in the butt but it generally keeps them secure; at least it makes me feel better about it. Also, my Storm and custom cart cases are bright yellow, with STARLING stenciled on which makes them so much easier to see, find and describe. Less likely for them to get mixed in with other gear except when Clairmont provides the camera packages. The only downside to the bright yellow cart is sometimes hiding it in a scene or backstage; nothing a little duvatine doesn't fix.

Robert

There's a thread someplace with a gallery of my cases but here is a photo of the general cart set broken down for packing / shipping:

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#11 Dan Coplan

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 06:13 PM

As few cases as possible!

1) Sled and cables
2) Vest and arm
3) Batteries
4) Follow focus, video, and other stuff
*) Cart
*) Stand
*) When local my arm and vest go together in a soft case. When I fly my arm goes in a separate hard case.

I find it's better to avoid monster cases and break things down a bit.

Zip ties - yes!

Everything lives in the cases ready to go at a moment's notice. I never have to think about whether or not I'm forgetting something.

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 01:00 AM

I have noticed that my pelican case collection keeps growing, and I was wondering how many cases do you guys use to travel or just show up to set? also does your rig live in cases at your place or does your rig have its own room to hang out in?


at home shoots
• 3 CASES
• 1 stand

Travel kit
• 2 storm cases

Peace Out
Rob "Less is more" Vuona

all gear fits into a smart car
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#13 Erwin Landau

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 07:06 PM

That was a couple of years ago back from Hawaii, pick up at Clairmont Camera.

Oh well:

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 06:35 PM

Folks--

Here's my latest addition to the pile I load onto the camera truck: a custom sled crib.

This is my version of the sled crib. Lives on a shelf, with the sled under a backpack cover for dust protection, and still has room for stuff around the sled. I do plan to build a hard cover for it but so far this works just right.

The crib was built as a means of keeping a fully built sled accessible yet safe. My regular sled case is not as convenient as a day-to-day storage unit and utilizes more shelf space.

For most jobs, I still have six cases plus the magliner cart and stand. This makes wrapping much faster than a traditional case.

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#15 Charles King

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Posted 09 October 2009 - 07:25 AM

Briant, I'm curious to know what rig is that in your case?
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