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#1 Lars Erik

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 04:33 PM

 

Found this video of a Italian op, way too close to the nice tiger (?!) for my taste...


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#2 Kiel Michael Eulberg

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 05:23 PM

Yeah I'd be scared, not sure that dude is big enough to stop a tiger from doing whatever he wants.


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#3 Jens Piotrowski SOC

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 06:32 PM

remote head on a jib-arm....


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#4 Sanjay Sami

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 09:25 AM

No one is strong enough to stop a tiger.

 

What Jens said.


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#5 Tom Hall

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 11:46 AM

I'd be more worried of the tiger deciding to take a swipe at the sled playfully then him trying to eat someone. I am sure the tiger is well behaved but wouldn't think twice about swatting at the mattebox.


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#6 Charles Papert

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 12:35 PM

Working around a tiger is one thing, but powering a 435 off an NC-12? Witchcraft!


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#7 brooksrobinson

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 07:51 PM

I hear you Tom. I was doing a picture that involved a lot of circus animals a few years ago. The attached photo was taken while I was doing a tracking shot on the side of a stationary train. I started the shot on a knee, and as the actor climbed up the ladder to get onto the train, I rose with him and started to back down the side of several of the train cars preceding him. On top of each train car were wagons with cages, and in each of the cages was an animal. The first three were filled with a tiger, a male lion, and two black leopards.

As I kneeled down on take one waiting for the slate to clear, I felt the camera move and my frame bounce. I instinctively looked up, anticipating that the boom pole had banged into my Canatrans. What I found instead was a bit of a surprise. There was a massive tiger paw batting the antenna of my transmitter back and forth, precariously close to my head. Of course the trainer was quick to jump in, but the tiger certainly could have had his way with me had he wished.

Our still photographer captured this image just as the tiger was reaching out to take a swipe at the transmitter. My favorite part of the photo (in retrospect) is looking at my dolly grip stoically watching the tigers paw getting close to me. It brings to mind one of my favorite film sayings that I managed to rip off from my friend, 1st AC Clyde Bryan. Show concern. Take no action.

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#8 brooksrobinson

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Posted 16 March 2014 - 11:34 AM

Sorry, I accidentally attached a cropped image that failed to show my dolly grip, making much of what I said meaningless. Attached now is a wider view of the same image.

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#9 William Demeritt

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Posted 16 March 2014 - 11:53 AM

Brooks,

 

Did you check the crew to see who had a laser pointer and was tagging your transmitter? Probably that gaffer!  :blink:


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#10 Stefano Ben

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Posted 16 March 2014 - 05:21 PM

I had a wonderfull conversation with Fabrizio (the operator) a few days ago... He said me that on set there were 4 assistants for the tiger... One of them was an anesthetist ready anytime if something went wrong! Btw the tiger has worked in several jobs. For sure it wasn't the first time that she seen a steadicam op. This was his reply to my sentence "my dog start to growl to me when I'm wearing the steadi in my backyard" XD


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#11 Ryan Brooks

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Posted 16 March 2014 - 07:56 PM

Wow.  I certainly can only speak for myself, but for me it is an honor that the more experienced ops on this site share their stories and pictures of past jobs.  It helps me to learn an incredible amount. Just wanted to say thanks.


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