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#1 Michael Reedy

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Posted 14 March 2005 - 12:45 AM

Hey all,

Well, it's a day after my first filming with my rig (magiqcam IIa). After it arrived in the mail, I squeezed in an hour or two's practice and bought a monitor the night before filming, so I was a little cautious of what to expect.

We entered the 15/15 film competion (make a film up to 15 minutes in 15 hours) so with time constraints, every shot, minus one i think, was through the rig... Still a little sore :D
It was such an awesome experience, and besides the pain, I rarely wanted to take off the rig. Regardless of the 3 hours sleep the night before <_< zzzz...


Shot construction was interesting at best :blink: My humble praise goes out to all the working operators, making it look so easy! You guys (and girls) are an inspiration!!

There was one shot in particular that had me walking all over the office furniture... After two takes we had to move on, only after reviewing the footage at the end of the night did I realise a large bump when jumping down from a desk to a chair to the floor... too late!

Thankfully there was a second cameraman there shooting behind the scenes that was interested in shooting a few scenes, so that helped while I jumped into the editing seat to rest up..

Will post some footage as soon as I can, thanks for reading my awfully long post :)

Kind regards and safe operating,
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#2 Nicholas M. Chopp

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Posted 18 March 2005 - 10:35 AM

Congratulations on your first shoot - I know what you mean. My first day in a Steadicam was a 14 hour day, so I was a bit sore too. <grin> (2 hour break, other than that, continous shooting)
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#3 Daniel Stilling DFF

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Posted 20 March 2005 - 02:04 PM

jumping down from a desk to a chair to the floor


Be carefull!! That doesn't sound very safe!
Don't ever try to please the director/DP and do something that's unsafe. You put in risk yourself, your gear, and productions gear, thus you might make a producer angry at you for putting production in jeopardy (what if the camera was dammaged?) not wanting to hire you again...

Just my .02

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#4 Michael Reedy

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Posted 21 March 2005 - 09:05 AM

haha a very true point steadidane, I completely understand where you are coming from! I guess I got caught up in the 'I look indestructable in this rig, so i
must be?' state of mind.

Thankfully the rig and camera are both my own... though i'm sure it still wouldn't be fun going through the insurance route, "no I swear, it just fell apart in my hands!" haha

Sorry about no footage as yet, I've just received an offer to shoot a doco in Austria, airfare and expenses covered which is pretty sweet so i'm in the middle of organising that at the moment.


safe flying to all, (I should heed my advice :P )
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#5 LeighWanstead

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Posted 21 March 2005 - 02:42 PM

Hi Michael,

Can you tell me something more about yourself? Have you got any sorts of training before Magicam? Have you used any sorts of stablizer before Magicam?

If not, I am surprised that you just practise for one or two hours and go to the real shooting.

I look forward to your demo video.

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#6 Michael Reedy

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Posted 22 March 2005 - 10:23 PM

alrighty,

Well Leigh, a little about me hey, not too much to say...

I've always been a bit of a movie freak, I work in a video store and we just muck around making small corporate vid's and the odd short film.

As for any steadicam training, no, as the demo will dictate :D (Just on that note, I have no way to host it sorry though can email if you are bored just post your email address)

Unfortunately, I don't have all the files on my computer (editing was done on another machine) so there are just a few shots I could find, all including my trademark 'headroom... what headroom?' shots with a bit of 'out of frame' thrown in :P

I wasn't too fussed with the no training thing and filming straight up as we are just having fun at the moment. The main reason for no training is the rig turned up a few days before the shoot (ordered Dec. 9th delivered about March 8/9th), then I had to buy a monitor (as mentioned in original post) the night before the shoot.


Hope that helps,

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