This happened in Kansas City yesterday. Not good. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured. Still wondering about Op's visibility, spotter's whereabouts , etc.
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KC Chiefs Op - visibility problem9/17/2017
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Posted 18 September 2017 - 11:41 AM
Great post here. This operator seems to have plotted and maintained a course through a cheerleading routine. The gal in the front of the vee who steps forward might be the group leader. While the window for saftey is always changing, the saftey of others should remain consistent. Machines can already move cameras. AI can simplify the instructions to the machine. But, human operators might having some long term staying power if they can deliver the shots with a better saftey record then machines.
Any tips, red flags or golden rules other operators can share to maintain saftey for themselves and others while moving with a shot?
Posted 19 September 2017 - 10:11 AM
I know of him. He's had no formal training - no workshops. The KC Chiefs bought the rig and found this guy to operate it for them.
He's not part of the forum or steadicam community as a whole. I'd rather not reveal his identity...
Posted 21 September 2017 - 12:57 AM
This is clearly the operator’s false.
No spotter is needed for a running shot.
(Simple: It’s impossible for someone to spot you while running.)
The operator is his/her own spotter.
For a running shot likes this, take your eyes away from the monitor.
Trust your framing without looking at the monitor.
Check your heading direction.
Run with 80% of your speed so you can stop instantly anytime.
For this operator, he had 8+ steps before collision.
If he looked toward where he ran, he would stop a few steps before colliding.
I hope he apologies the girl after the incident.
Posted 21 September 2017 - 04:32 PM
I think a "minder", would have been the way to go.
There are so many variables here and potential problems (in a live environment) that a Minder could help, in so many ways.
Posted 23 September 2017 - 08:54 PM
Janice I agree. Having an extra set of eyes with you in a fluid environment is always a good thing.
This operator should have his card pulled. That was egregious.