Ah yes, this old chestnut--have an upcoming shoot on ice, I've been assured that it won't be high speed so I just need to be able to walk on an ice rink without wiping out. The conventional wisdom was golf or javelin shoes--I understand that current golf shoes have lost the metal spikes to plastic so they aren't as useful in this instance, does anyone have any recommendations for what's out there now?
I think you'll still be able to find golf shoes with with metal spikes if you look around a bit. I know that many professional golfers still wear them, so they are still made at least. I don't know how hard they would be to find. Also, I've seen shoe type things that fit on the bottom of your shoes at hockey games before. Not sure what they're called or what they're made of, or even how well they work, but it might be worth checking out. Spikes sure seem like they would work best though. Good luck.
There are these things called "Stabilicers", that secure to your sneakers. They contain metal cleats and are made for ice and other snow related conditions. Eastern Mountain Sports (do they have those on the West Coast?), and probably most other outdoor shops will sell them, or something like them. Should be less than $40.
The old fashioned way would be to get some very small, short hex head screws and install them into the soles of your shoes.
Hey Charles. What worked great for me was being hard mounted to a good old wheel chair. We chased a bunch of 10 yolds around the ring in LM for a commercial, it was great......... Ok. for me it was, but the grip was a tad bit tired at the end of it!! He had some sort of ice cleats over his boots, never slipped once.
Those "stabilicers" sound great, I'll check them out. We don't have EMS but there are similar stores like REI out here. Spent plenty of time at the EMS on Comm. Ave. back in the day!
Ice skates--even if I could ice skate, I wouldn't with a rig on! scary!
I've seen some groovy chair-on-blades type things for active shooting similar to a wheelchair, good for high speed--this is more delicate shooting, like rotating with actors who are essentially waltzing on the ice.
My research yesterday led me to these and more: from what I was told, the YakTrax were not heavy-duty enough for this application, the Stabilicers (as seen in Simon's pic, although there are several models with these being the middleweight) better but the best being a product called Icers, on which the Stabilicers were based.
No, really, everything went fine. The Icers worked fantastically, after some gingerly stepping around to assure myself that they were doing what they were supposed to do, I never had to think about them again that day.
It turns out that there are a few models of Stabilicer out there, and their top of the line product (the Deluxe) is a near-copy of the Canadian-made Icer, so it's probably the best choice for those looking to buy domestically (and I believe the removable cleats are interchangeable between the two anyway). The Stabilicer adds an additional strap from the toes up to the midfoot, which helps keep the front end attached to the boot but in practice I didn't feel the need for this and it might slow down application and removal.
So as it turned out, traction on the ice wasn't the big deal, I had more to contend with regarding the crane step-off, doing multiple rotations in place (dizzying!) and trying to find my orientation on a stage that had a 360 degree bluescreen.
This was incidentally the opening seequence for the new HBO series "Big Love".
Cool ! I got lost years ago in a fog-filled cyc cylinder- no reference points, white fabric, white lights- but I had to find talent on the fly as they "appeared".
I had lighting rig a bare bulb up above the edge of the fabric, in line with the guy's entrance. It was out of frame, did not "pollute" the top of the shot with light, and I had a visual cue. Just one possible solution.......