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#1 ryan t jenkins

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Posted 15 December 2016 - 01:47 PM

Hello all ! Long time lurker and reader but infrequent poster. 

 

I have been operating about once every 2 months or so for about 6 years now, and this is the first time I have had to handle the situation.  I am doing an experimental dance work that requires a single take 23 minute shot with 6 dancers.  Halfway through the take there is a "tumbling" and the director wants to switch the camera into lowmode ( and maintain the inverted footage ) for roughly 1 minute of the take.  After that minute, we slowly roll back up into standard operation. 

 

is there anything besides a LARGE drop time that anyone can think of that would help me to maintain proper operation and steady shots when rotating into this fake low mode? ( not using the low mode bracket simply inverting the sled).   When i switch to this fake low mode operation becomes very difficult due to the balance and keeping horizon and wobble to a minimum is hard to say the least. 

 

any help would be great, thanks ! 


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#2 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 15 December 2016 - 02:58 PM

The Arri Artemis system has a clever rotating counterweight that helps with shifting the balance between high and low mode, other than that, make your rig neutral balance and try to keep your horizon. 

If you want the camera to stay in the right direction (which I understand, you don't) you would have to use an MK-V AR or an Artemis Trinity.


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#3 Andre Trudel

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Posted 15 December 2016 - 03:23 PM

I don't think I'd sacrifice my regular drop time to facilitate just 1 minute of being inverted out of a 23 minute oner. If you can, try and design the 1-minute upside down shot so that the action happens within a frame you can hold.

 

While inverted, I would also put my operating hand higher ”up” (down) the post away from the gimbal towards your lower electronics housing to fight the pendulum effect of a “top” (bottom) heavy sled. Once you spin back, operate normally. This shot would also benefit from using gyros.

 

Just my 2 cents. 


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#4 ryan t jenkins

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Posted 16 December 2016 - 08:47 AM

thanks a lot for the ideas everyone ! Will try to let you know how it works out ! Operating further away from the gimbal definitely seems to help a bit. 


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#5 Gus Trivino

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Posted 16 December 2016 - 09:19 AM

Find a chair with wheels to go lower as you can:

 

http://film-stuff.com/butt-dolly.html

 

Just my 2 cent

 

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#6 ryan t jenkins

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Posted 16 December 2016 - 01:28 PM

Find a chair with wheels to go lower as you can:

 

http://film-stuff.com/butt-dolly.html

 

Just my 2 cent

 

  Gus

i would love to, but the shot is live dance, projected live onto a scrim.  I have to wear full costume and decorate my rig, they definitely will not want a seat :( 


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