Run and gun dslr rig solutions
Posted 30 April 2016 - 01:47 PM
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Posted 02 May 2016 - 12:09 PM
Posted 02 May 2016 - 01:02 PM
The pilot is a good choice but here is what I think will be the issues.
1) no way to go "handheld" quickly with the rest of the gear just laying somewhere I unattended. Obviously no docking stand handy to get access to because he has no help.
2) vest is going to get really hot really fast, maybe even take out most of the pads and even make it like a drum base vest that can be lifted off the shoulders when needed
3) no way to deal with lens changes because hands are already busy or a small backpack of gear is just too much over the steadicam vest
4) personally some very simple mono pod into to camera and grabbing post at the CG offers both smoother shots and it can extend to become a makeshift tripod on demand. Backpack of small parts and batteries and other parts can then be worn.
5) focus easier because lots of bright sun
6) make sure someone conforms the steadicam monitor to the camera output or exposure off the pilot will make for doubt and constant checking and a big distraction when shooting.
I'm sure I'm missing some details to get him some more practice and make better shots; no help in a constant shooting environment makes this very hard. Can some shipboard helper attend and then he can easy switch between equipment and not be an island without help? Maybe in exchange he can teach the helper steadicam?
Posted 02 May 2016 - 03:49 PM
Janet, all good points and I am mostly in agreement with you. He has been out to sea for the better part of a year so I'll leave it up to him to determine what he's capable of dealing with. He certainly knows by now, or will learn very quickly the limitations. He's experienced with my Ultra2 so it's not as if I simply shipped him a box of stuff that he's never seen. I suspect there will be certain activities that he will say, this is a Steadicam shoot and abandon the notion of lens changes etc. You may very well be right however, and the thing becomes a door stop! In any event, I'd like to be a fly on the wall and peak in on him!
Posted 02 May 2016 - 05:13 PM
As I thought of my list, what it could be very useful for and a lot of cool shots is aboard ship.
Shoot like mad; then pop it off to a chaise lounge, no stand, remove the camera with a quick release shoot a bunch and come back when needed.
The pilot is perfect, especially with the changes you've made.