Most dangerous steadicam shot you have done ?
Posted 24 December 2012 - 12:17 PM
I was wondering what crazy situations operators have found themselves?
With all these reality shows there have got to be some stories
Maybe we can all learn from the situations and have a laugh?
I found myself on a TV movie standing out in a big open area w 20 other people as a thunderstorm approached very fast.
I was the only one holding/wearing metal. Very scary but of course no one would stop til they got the shots
Posted 24 December 2012 - 02:47 PM
Going high speed hardmounted to an ATV on the windy dirt roads of a rock quary was probably the most dangerous part but the time they set off one of the mortars early and we were next to it and when the AD was trying to rush things and wanted us to go before I had a chance to talk to pyro definitely added to the fun. Turns out if I had listened to the AD we would have been about a foot away from one of those when it went off....
Posted 24 December 2012 - 03:53 PM
I busted up my foot earlier this year in a motorcycle accident. Was out of work for two months. Wasn't a major injury in terms of motorcycle accidents, but we estimated the cost of me being out of work for that time anywhere between $20-30K - from lost work, to medical bills, to lack of productivity with the house. Something small can have a big effect.
On union productions, it's much less of a problem. Not that it doesn't exist, but you often have the support of the rest of the crew and other departments when it comes to safety. I know a lot of people out there aren't working at that level, and I can remember being asked earlier in my career to do some pretty silly things. I think I've always had a pretty good head about me when it came to the safety of myself or my gear....although then there was that motorcycle accident..... On set, anyway, I've always confidently said no when it came to danger, and then quickly offered alternative, safe ways to do things.
Posted 24 December 2012 - 05:40 PM
Afton is right -- never be bullied into a questionable situation (too close to a car wreck, guns, fire, a ledge, herd of bison or a gang of angry ax wielding orthodox...uh, never mind) it's all about going home at the end of the day and being vertical when you are an old fart like me.
One of my scariest moments in the rig was pretty early in my career -- I was doing a corporate video about fire safety (yeah, right). We shot at a fireman training facility but the "controlled" fire was anything but. Lost eyebrows and melted a shoe. Scary siht. FX guys never really know what is going to happen...it's all ballpark to them. Ask a lot of questions and watch your back (because the guy who is supposed to be watching your back is now running for cover).
Posted 24 December 2012 - 07:39 PM
I was on a crane for a crane-step-down shot.
As the crane booming down, 5.6 earthquake hit.
The crane swing left and right then left then right.
I was real scary.
I was lucky. no one was panic.
The crane operator bravely braced the crane for the period of a year. No it was only about 2min!
Posted 24 December 2012 - 07:51 PM
Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:18 AM
FMS, that was fun.
Posted 26 December 2012 - 12:22 PM
Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:19 PM
One small step backward and that night had ended in pain. Lesson learned the hardway, always check your surroundings!
Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:19 PM
Music video shooting a tiger in a residential house (...) I'm at the bottom of the stairs and the tiger is upstairs coming down those stairs... Animal wrangler pushes the tiger one step down because the tiger would not move. One thing the wrangler had not checked is that the wall along the stairs is all mirrors, and the tiger , of course, saw "another" tiger in the mirror .... OMG. He panicked and jumped back roaring like crazy, stumped on the railing, it broke; tiger ran downstairs (towards me of course) and just laid on the floor (it was scared by the "other" tiger) . Production broke for lunch because the animal was so scared, it would not move at all from it's spot, they had to bring the cage INSIDE the house to finally put the tiger back in the cage...poor thing.
I have never been so scared in my entire film career. I promised the wrangler I would never work with him for the rest of my life. Crazy thing is we had a set photographer and I still have the shot just before the tiger "flipped" : priceless...
Posted 26 December 2012 - 10:59 PM
Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:00 PM
I think I win.....
Posted 27 December 2012 - 05:07 AM
Posted 27 December 2012 - 07:30 AM
Baldwin was a guest on set one day, need I say more?
I think I win.....
Eric wins ... hands down !