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#1 Chris Poynton

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 06:48 PM

The Steadicam Handbook (p.213) notes that a Merlin might be included in the kit of a "well-equipped operator" for use in "scouting and designing shots". ... Is this actually borne out in practice as useful??

( It is almost surreal to imagine a guy with a Merlin going back to first position and then swapping for Panavision! ). If mini-rigs are used by pros, would this mostly be for initial location recces ... or actually for "shot blocking" on a live set?

With long choreographed shots, the director and key crew may demand to see a rough mock-up of the shot ahead of time? Or (to a much lesser extent) the operator may need to "get into the swing" of the shot on the day and play around with possible body positions/transitions through the lens??

Keen to hear of any examples where mini-rigs have actually been invaluable as a tool ... "hand-in-hand" with the big/mega rigs.

[ My personal interest is in evolving the design of Merlin-style rigs for DSLRs and other niche use ].
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