Posted 06 June 2011 - 01:23 PM
What is a good but steep gradient for a ramp when operating steadicam on foot. I gotta request a ramp for this ad at the end of the week. Normally the chippy is there and you can look at it or show him. i gotta do this one blind... 30 degrees?
Posted 06 June 2011 - 01:50 PM
Posted 06 June 2011 - 08:49 PM
Posted 07 June 2011 - 12:58 AM
30% is about 15 deg. My crazy driveway is almost 20 degrees, pretty steep. A 30 degree incline is quite steep to walk up.
I think 30 degrees would be really hard to walk up with steadicam. 15 to 20 should be more manageable.
Posted 15 June 2011 - 07:06 PM
Took two of the thickest angle irons I could find. Bolted them to one end.
Now I had a ramp of variable inclination. Pick the angle, hook it onto the step of a very strong ladder and you're good. A few apple boxes under it half way up to reduce flex and bounce. Worked like a charm, fit into the Mini Van.
Some weisenheimer grip wrote " Steadi ramp " on it on a job.
Wish I had photos of it in use. Pulled off a "crane shot" in front of the Ed Sullivan Theatre years ago, where Letterman is shot. Walked down at an angle from sign to sidewalk, straight into lobby, theatre, etc.
Very inexpensive way to skin this cat.
Best to all,
Director of Technical Services, Steadicam®
The Tiffen Company
Posted 16 June 2011 - 05:17 PM
I now have a massive articulated ramp in my basement.
Intrigued Peter by your ramp. I wish you did have some photos! How wide is this ladder at the end and is it freestanding? Can you sketch a picture?
Posted 17 June 2011 - 10:35 AM
Sadly no photos. The ladder was a regular fiberglass red ladder. 8 foot tall. The kind you find on every grip truck.
The large heavy duty angle irons were bolted in to JUST barely fit inside of the verticals of the ladder up at the steepest angle ( and therefore had a bit of slop side to side on the lowest step ).
Again, very much a home made kit. Used it for a lot of years, however. Support with apple boxes was key. Lacking them ( zero budget jobs ), I would simply stack a few of my cases up so they were jammed underneath the ramp about half way up. Again, enough to eliminate bounce or risk of cracking.