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#1 Michael Jones

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 11:33 PM

This may sound crazy, but could it be done? Not safely I'm sure...

Could the operator possibly ride backwards facing, seated back-to-back with a trained rider?

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#2 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 13 March 2006 - 12:06 AM

Clairmont makes a saddle mount for this purpose. Here's a link to an old thread about the same thing. http://www.steadicam...nter&f=4&t=1506
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#3 Michael Jones

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Posted 13 March 2006 - 12:44 AM

Thanks a bunch!
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Posted 13 March 2006 - 11:20 PM

Does anyone happen to have a picture of this setup in use?

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Posted 14 March 2006 - 03:44 AM

This may sound crazy, but could it be done? Not safely I'm sure...

Could the operator possibly ride backwards facing, seated back-to-back with a trained rider?

-Michael Jones
El Dorado, KS



Hey Michael.Just finished a tv-show in Arizona. 5 weeks on horseback. I did bring my Steadicam. I first tried out with handheld on the horse. A bit shaky, but charming in a way. I never tried using the Steadicam on the horse. To me, the horse was just to unstable. Once a rider lost a bottle, and my horse got so spoked it went up on his backlegs.

Lucio Fulci made a bundle of films where he has a camera operator sitting the wrong way on a horse. So this is a good way to do it. But with a Steadicam, I don't know. I'm always thinking safety first, programme comes in a good second. At first I was unsure about even taking the SDX900's on handhled on the horse, but this worked out great for our purposes.

What about going into high mode, so you get the same height as the actors/people? Have seen pics of this on the workshop with Jerry.

Whatever you do, good luck. And be careful.
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