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#1 William Demeritt

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 12:10 AM

I'm trying to figure out just what he's trying to achieve here... maybe I'll ask him.

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#2 Brian Freesh

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 12:13 AM

Maybe he was bored on set and just wanted a conversation starter.
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#3 Charles Papert

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 01:54 AM

You guys remember that story I told at the last Master Class about being told to go up a ladder to get a shot...?
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#4 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 04:15 AM

You guys remember that story I told at the last Master Class about being told to go up a ladder to get a shot...?

I don't know the story, but I'm assuming you said that it was a brilliant idea.
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#5 Alfeo Dixon SOC

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 08:44 AM

You guys remember that story I told at the last Master Class about being told to go up a ladder to get a shot...?

lets here it Charles

...that stand was probably about 10 minutes from doing a rig dismount!
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#6 Jerry Franck

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 12:03 PM

Hey, now that I look closely, is that his docking bracket to the left? On this raised up c-stand?
That's hilarious!

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#7 Brian Freesh

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 12:07 PM

You guys remember that story I told at the last Master Class about being told to go up a ladder to get a shot...?


You grabbed a Basson, threw on a wig and did it? that's not what you said before...
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#8 OSCAR PATINO

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 03:26 PM

I think the plane left without him....
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#9 Paul Gardner

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 09:06 AM

For the record, that IS ABSOLUTELY a Basson.
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#10 Jess Haas SOC

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 04:21 PM

The picture makes perfect sense you just need all of the facts. The picture was taken right after he got off of his Pony! ( The name of the film is The Princess & The Pony.)

For the record I have to say that that is one of the safest setups I have seen him do. I think that boy has a death wish.
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#11 Alfeo Dixon SOC

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 07:50 PM

I just love the fact that the AD yeld "that's lunch" and all of the grips took off dropping their wedges and telling him "good luck with that..."
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#12 Janice Arthur

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 09:52 AM

Hi all;

That is his docking stand behind him.

It seems to me that he raised up the stand, walked up the ladder, picked up the rig and then found this unique position to stand in.

Can you imagine lifting the rig off the stand without wobbling off the ladder?

He has got to learn to say no.

(I think all those workshop stories of GB using ladders have gotten corrupted; don't know Charles' story.)

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#13 Jerry Holway

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 09:16 AM

I've shot several times off ladders, but mostly using them like stairs, operating one-handed. The other difference is that my ladders were tilted back slightly (more clearance when climbing), and tied down and bagged.

I suspect this is a lot less dangerous than it looks at first blush (there are lots of sand bags) but I'm curious why it's Steadicam and not a typical highhat/hardmount conventional use of a ladder. Perhaps it's the ability to pan rapidly and/or further as the plane goes by?

I agree if he's docking the rig up there, that's not a good idea...

Jerry
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#14 James Davis

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 12:45 PM

I guess I shouldn't put up the picture of me 2 metres or so off the ground with my AC on top of a forklift in an unsecured semi-open cage with no harness, it wasn't big, it wasn't clever....but damn did the shot look :blink: awesome from that angle.
Don't think i'll be repeating it again in a hurry though without the proper safety equipment :lol:
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#15 Brian Freesh

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 01:45 PM

Gonna disagree Jerry, there are only 2 sandbags, and one of them is halfway up the ladder, helping the op make it more top heavy. It's not safe if he's walking or standing IMO. But walking I would get. By the way he is standing he can't walk, so my big question all along has been how is the steadicam the right tool for this shot? If it is, and for all I know it just might be, then they should have secured the ladder better and had at least one person spotting him and the ladder at all times. There's no one else in the picture...

Brian "I don't care about your damn shot if any one person is not safe" Freesh
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