Posted 03 May 2012 - 07:09 PM
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Posted 03 May 2012 - 10:48 PM
I try to get the same person to spot me every time. After a couple shoots, we knew what the other one was thinking.
Posted 04 May 2012 - 12:11 AM
I've rarely had the same spotter on different shoots. I think walking down stairs backwards is a must, regardless. But that's just my personal opinion.
Posted 04 May 2012 - 01:18 AM
Unfortunately, if I have to train my spotters I do not feel any safer with them. If it's a safety issue and a green spotter i just change the shot. However if I just need them to keep me from bumping into things that might affect the shot I run through it once or twice slowly, without the rig if need be, so I can show them how to do it.
Posted 04 May 2012 - 04:10 AM
How often do you use a grip or assistant to spot you during a shot? For every take? A specific move? Or only when you deem it unsafe?
Totally depends on the shot, Having said that when I ask for a spotter the guys know that I REALLY need one
Posted 04 May 2012 - 04:43 AM
If we're shooting quite wide and i'm walking backwards, I find it helpful if I have to land on a very specific object or area with the camera I get the 1st/2nd AC to lay a mark for me, I then explain to whoevers spotting me during the shot that I want a double tap on my vest when I am 10 paces away and a single tap when I am 5 paces.
If there is a good grip involved then I will often put some trust in them to help dictate the pace when approaching the mark.
If it's a second A.C. or junior grip, I just make sure I am really clear about how I want to be spotted, I also make sure they are present to hear and see the blocking for the shot and I also make damn sure that they are kept in the loop about any changes after the rehearsal/in between takes.
Communication is absolutely key.
If we're shooting tighter say on a 50mm upwards, then often there is enough room to lay marks that won't enter the frame so I can better gauge the distance without any assistance.
Although if the terrain is rough and there are obstacles involved that I have to negotiate then I will insist on a spotter if I am moving backwards and don't feel Don Juan is appropriate for the shot.
Stairs, if I am going up the stairs I will have 1-2 people running behind, if I am going down the stairs I will do the same, I never go down stairs backwards though, disaster waiting to happen in my opinion as you are putting yourself in a position where you will be the first thing to hit the ground with no way to break your fall, at least if you are shooting don juan going down a set of stairs in all likelihood the sled/gear will hit first and take some impact and you will have a chance to roll a little bit.
I also always make sure to tell my spotters if I absolutely look like I am going to fall on stairs, always push/pull me into the stairs, better to hit a step or two then to tumble down the whole lot I reckon
Although there was a shot I did recently, a move which ended with a very sudden lock off coming in from a full sprint at the edge of a set of stairs, with shots like that I would definitely not want to be without a spottter, especially considering how fast I was going before I pulled up to a halt.
Lots of variables to consider really, it's kind of like saying how often do you use an 18mm lens to a DP, whenever the shot calls for it and whenever you need it.
Edited by James Davis, 04 May 2012 - 04:45 AM.
Posted 04 May 2012 - 02:56 PM