Low mode with a bloody BL4!
Posted 03 January 2005 - 05:43 PM
Posted 03 January 2005 - 07:22 PM
I would say hire a great hot chick massage therapist.
Posted 03 January 2005 - 09:27 PM
How are you? happy new year!
Well I would say no to this - 10-15 years ago when I had to do this, it was because no other cameras were availble, but now you can have a Moviecam SL and have a wonderful time - I am sure if it down to money (and it will be) and there is a lot of steadicam involved then it make much more money sense for them to get you a lighter camera.
If you tell them you 'can' use the BL4 - But you will need many more breaks and rest time between takes and as the camera is so heavy you will not be able to work as long and as a result (you being tired/injured) the shots will be not as good.
I have this several times in my career and now I just say no to the BL4 on steadicam - and 9 time out of 10 when you explain to them they get you the SL.
If you have to use the camera - then get them to strip all the optical off the top and go with a 100% video tap - but it is still S**t.
Also with the coax mags, it is just awful.
I remember my worst day with this package strapped to me, was in Saudi at mid day - so hot - no water allowed and my crew were hiding from the heat (they were local). No docking stand near by - Never again!!! (that was after running up the sand dunes with it)
Look after your slef NO 1 - and stand up to them and insist on a lighter camera. Take it from me, you will get very tired and you will hurt your slef - they won't thank you for it and you could spend the rest of you life with this injury - (take it from me).
Some times it is best to walk away.
Hope this helps
Howard "No more BL4's" Smith
Posted 04 January 2005 - 12:07 AM
I second what Howard said. I confess that last year I was on a film with that beast. It had been years since I'd seen one, but in this case the production company owned a BL-4 and a 4s with all the AKS and I really wanted to work with the DP. Having just flow back into town, I did not find out about the camera situation until a day or two before the shoot (they had mostly been talking with my agent, which is why I was caught unaware). Upon finding out that the shots were walk and talks, I said what the heck (I knew the Key Grip, so I knew hard mounting to a Western would be an easy thing to achieve if needed.) So, rather than canceling the gig and missing the opportunity to work with the DP, I thought I'd get there and see what I could do to alter the situation for future days. As I grew the DP's ear, I found that he had fought like hell to get a Compact throughout pre-production, but no luck. Eventually, the DP came to me and asked about low-mode. I dug out (and dusted off) my Sushi table to discover that it didn't fit because of the video tap, so I showed the DP this (I had already warned him that this might be the case earlier in the day - I had also warned the PM on the phone before the job of this). He groaned, nodded and walked away to return a few moments later with the PM. We showed him the problem, then the two walkd away to have a little conversation. Two hours later, we had a Moviecam SL. By the days end, they had added a bunch more days for me and kept the SL. By weeks end, they swapped the A camera out for a Compact too. On this one, I gambled and won.
Posted 10 January 2005 - 09:20 PM
Obviously no one has ever heard of the infamous "Saskatchewan camera" before ... Good luck getting more money, I know how it goes here in the praires. If you have to, maybe look into one of the old CP Low Mode cages, they may have rods long enough. But, I don't recommend flying this spinecrusher low mode if you absolutely don't have to.
Good luck either way. It's well into the minus 30's for the next few weeks.
(I'm the Edmonton guy BTW. Heard lots of good things about you, but never had the chance to meet)
Posted 28 October 2005 - 01:10 AM
I have the good fortune of Flying a BL-4 this weekend.
I Have heard from my crony BJ that this camera is a beast, particularly in Low Mode.
I am shooting kids 4'10 and the DP wants to be at eye level. I am 6'3
Any suggestions as to how I can get this camera down low w/o going to low mode?
Do any of you have any tips as to how to make this camera a little more steadi -friendly?
Thanks in advance,
Posted 28 October 2005 - 04:03 AM
Posted 28 October 2005 - 06:11 AM
Posted 28 October 2005 - 07:24 AM
I had to fly a BL4 once and my back was still killing me 2 days later.
If the director really wants low-mode the only possibility is going very low with a long extension j-bracket.(so it´s not a real low mode,but should be low enough to film children) that´s exactly what they wanted from me when i had to fly this iron-pig of a camera. since you want to keep your rig short to get low enough you actually will have to put more weight at the battery-end of your rig ! Oooooouch ! Makes it even harder.
when i had to do that shoot, my beautiful baerbel-arm (wich is designed for loads up to 37 kg!) was allmost coming to it´s limits!
be also prepared to have some little weights(clamps ) on hand, because the ols video-assist is so bulky and havy,that it is really hard to get that beast balanced.
all the best for your shoot!good luck!
Posted 28 October 2005 - 10:50 AM
Posted 29 October 2005 - 12:57 AM
Low mode is a no go.
I put it up in prep today.
It is a beast. And Hi/Low mode is an option. The good news is that because the camera is so heavy, it isn't that hard to get it down to about 4'10"
Thanks for all you input.
Your brother in sore backhood,
Posted 04 November 2005 - 05:19 PM
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Posted 05 November 2005 - 06:37 PM
Had the nightmare of the so call "sushi table" and had to fly low mode.
Almost impossible to balance, got cramps in my hips
Oh men,,, a steadicam op worse nightmare