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#1 Scott Walker

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 07:39 PM

Steadicam operator Dom Jackson and RF Technician Gary Sims used one Boxx Meridian system to pull off this amazing live shot at BBC TVC. (Starts 30sec in)

 

 


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#2 Afton Grant

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 11:05 PM

Jesus.  Any other info on the camera and/or his rig?


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#3 Steve Acheson

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 11:32 PM

yea its pretty awesome... 


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#4 William Demeritt

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:02 AM

Can we begin the speculation until the operator chimes in with his achievement? 

 

I'm going to guess the camera was mounted to the sled backwards-facing and balanced neutral. 


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#5 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:30 AM

by the Looks of the shadows it looks like a VERY lightweight rig shot don jaun and I wouldn't be surprised if he was using glasstron's


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#6 Charles Papert

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:15 AM

That was exhilarating! Just when I was thinking "yeah so?" that running section came along to blow my mind. Feels like we are seeing a lot of ballsy work out of the broadcast sector these days, from the Eurovision Segway jump-off to Job's great 360 shot a few months back and now this.

 

I'm guessing there may be some people who have never seen the original that this routine was based on--since it's one of my all-time favorite videos, here's the link: http://www.youtube.c...?v=Ex1qzIggZnA. Spike Jonze and his fictional "Torrance Community Dance Group" perform an impossibly silly dance routine to an unsuspecting crowd outside a Westwood movie theater, all shot on consumer cameras (a real novelty for an official music video back in '98).

 

Anyway--great job, Dom!


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#7 Scott Walker

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:15 AM

That's a cracking bit of trivia Charles.  Thanks for the original video. It all makes scene now........


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#8 Robert Pflumm

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:33 PM

I was thinking the same "ok so...." and then the running! Very nice!


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#9 John Stout

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:37 PM

I feel ashamed by my Don Juan in comparison.


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#10 Afton Grant

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:16 PM

I'd also be curious to know if they had a contingency angle to cut to at any time in case there was a bump or crash or anything. Quite risky through all those doorways and hallways if it's live and the only camera available.  ....though if he did crash, would the talent have stopped to help, or just jumped over him?  Lots of questions.  Glad we never had to find out the "what ifs".  

 

Like Charles mentioned, there's definitely some ballsy stuff going on these days...does it seem like it's mostly in Europe?  I have a feeling this op, if you were to ask him, "Hey what happens if you crash?" would probably have responded something like, "What are you talking about?"


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#11 thomas-english

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:26 AM

Dominc normally does a lot of 3D and has a few PS Techniks Steadicam 3D rigs... Maybe his legs have just grown so much this is what has happened!

 

He normally uses a GPI PRO sled and arm. Who knows if he got a flyer or something in for this. It looks like it to me.   


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#12 Tom Wills

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 02:17 AM

I always enjoy looking for rig shadows on shots like this. Looks like a 1.5" post to me (though I wish the video wasn't at 360p resolution).

 

I'd also be interested to hear from him about the shot though, the gear he used, and how much rehearsal and planning it took to execute.

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#13 thomas-english

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:13 AM

Rehearsed twice in the dress,No contingency once live, standby cabled hand helds ditched when we went on air, it was the second routine in the showI've got an Artemis sled with a Sony P1 camera Canon J14 lens Boxx Meridian wireless system with data control, return vision and a prompting screen.I use a g70 arm on the live stuff cos I trim it on the fly during the show depending what the shot is.
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#14 thomas-english

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:14 AM

that's from Dominic Jackson. Amazing.
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Posted 27 February 2013 - 02:38 PM

The lack of pendulum movement and the graceful lockoff was wild, regardless of rig weight. 

 

I missed the post on Job's 360 shot that Charles referenced. Someone have a link?


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