They have done interviews with Dean Cundey ASC already, but the logistics for interviewing Raymond Stella did not work out.
I got a call from my friend the other day and he had one very specific question, but I am still not sure on the answer, so i was hoping someone [maybe Eric or Erwin] would have this written down someplace.
His question was:
“How much does a Panaglide weigh fully loaded?”
I am not sure how they hope to use this info for the documentary. My guess is they just want to mention the amount of weight that the operator [Ray Stella] had to wear for the opening shot of Halloween.
I dug through my limited stuff, but I came up short…
I found one old post from the 2003 forum that said:
"... from ASC manual & Samuelson's)
Panaglide 15 lbs. (6.8 kg)"
I do not know if that was meaning the sled or the Panavision camera that was part of the sled. I think that is the weight of the “panaglide” camera with no film or lens and I do not think that includes the sled…
My friend did get a photo of Ray Stella in the Panaglide from the set of Halloween. I do not think this photo has been posted on the net before, so enjoy…
Notice that the monitor is on top with the camera much like that picture of Prince Charles in the panaglide, only now we can see the full sled. It looks huge and long!
I combed through the Steadicam Letters to try to get more info on the Panaglide, but I guess due to the fact that they ripped Garrett and CP off, there is not a lot of into in print. But the fact remains, the Panaglides were used on many, many movies.
I talked with Janice Arthur who flew a Panaglide on a film or two. She remembers using the panaglide on her master series arm with it fully cranked, so that places the sled, lens and camera around 60 to 65 lbs fully loaded.
But now that I have tried to find this out, for archival purposes, I would love to find the weights of:
And what was the weight range of the Panaglide’s arm?
Maybe some of our living masters remember working with the Panaglide?
It seems people did not like the arm or gimbal, but the 24 volt was nice... and the Panavision camera was light too.
So how was the monitor? Did anyone ever take a big spill with one?
Either way, we will soon have another TV documentary to watch about the making of a movie... Halloween.