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#1 danny bishop

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 03:18 AM

So just wondered what people thought about whips, Im on a film at the moment and I did a whole three page scene yesterday and it was moving round and then suddenly whipping between two actors. How best is it to build the rig?

I made the sled as small as possible slimmed it right down and bought everything into the center it seemed to work, but it wasn't quite right for me. Obviously everyone in video village was happy, but you know when it niggles at you cause your trying to get it blo^^^%%*&dy right and it just doesn't seem right.

I had quite a light rig, the pro sled, red one(no batts powered from the sled), cookes, just wondered what other people do in that instance, when your trying to whip and stop and not have the inertia carry on taking you. I know you might say practice, which I do but its about the perfection of stopping...

thanks in advance
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#2 thomas-english


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Posted 08 July 2011 - 07:16 PM

Hey Danny!

I don't bother reducing the inertia of my sled but I do find having it in perfect DB helps a lot. I use full fist sometimes for hard whips. The secret is in that bit of letting go of the sled as you come to stop-it so it doesn't whiplash on itself a bit (i.e. stop and start going back the other way a little). Thats why I find a lot of surface area from full grip is much easier to get it bang-on whithout whiplash.

Very interested by what others have to say here!
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#3 DavidMcGill


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Posted 24 July 2011 - 10:58 AM

Surprised you haven't gotten a reply to this yet. I think you did the right thing as far as setting up your rig. The one key thing as far as your operating is concerned is the stop of the pan. As your hand is a bit fleshy, there is a bit of play in it as a stopping device. If you are gripping the post to stop it from a fast pan, the torque of the sled will twist the flesh of your hand slightly which then (if you don't do anything to counteract it) will spring back just a little causing the camera to pan back in the opposite direction just slightly. The way to prevent that is to relax your grip the instant the camera stops. A little tricky and something that should be practiced. You have to time the relaxing of the grip exactly with the stopping of the camera. Too soon and the camera continues to pan. Too late and you get that bounce back. Hope this helps.
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