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#1 mattmarek

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Posted 06 October 2006 - 07:47 PM

coverd about 4kms today in forest in about 1.5 hours.

production was in need of a few long walking down a path shots for one of those dvd's that you see looped in the tv section of stores (like the fireplace log, or fish tank :P)

i am WIPED! never thought the fatigue would hit as it did. i've done long stints without break before in the rig, mostly tv type stuff, but it was the rocky, inclining/declining path that did me in.

time for a visit to the massage parlour :)

lets hear your endurance stories...good and bad

oh and setup was master series and sony hd
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#2 Alan Dague-Greene

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Posted 06 October 2006 - 09:51 PM

Ok, I'm not a pro op, but I can't resist replying to this with footage from my 2nd annual 10K run with a home-built rig. Total setup weighed only 30 pounds (13 kg) with a Sony Z1 HDV camera. I got lots of enthusiastic comments from closet Steadicam fans.

http://www.basicreci...06_05_29_bb.mov
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#3 Dave Williams

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Posted 07 October 2006 - 02:08 AM

I found that really interesting to watch.

Thanks!
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#4 Brian Dzyak

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Posted 07 October 2006 - 10:32 PM

I don't operate Steadicam all the time, but a few years ago, I was an operator on a reality show called "The Worst Case Scenario." Our segments were all about shooting two people "races" and "challenges" that they'd have to complete along the way. One of the episodes pitted two firemen against one another as they had to do a series of extracation and rescue challenges, some with water and some through flames.

I was the follow camera operating a Digibeta on Steadicam. I think I was up and rolling for about 55 minutes non stop...quick tape change with the thing still on me. The only other thing that hurt more was my hike down and up the Grand Canyon in one day (no Steadicam there B) ). Got some great stuff, but in retrospect, I might have done a few things differently.

The "brilliant" Director sincerely asked what the problem was because he thought that the Steadicam made the camera "weightless." I think I looked at him like this :blink:
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#5 PeterAbraham

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Posted 22 October 2006 - 08:21 PM

The "brilliant" Director sincerely asked what the problem was because he thought that the Steadicam made the camera "weightless." I think I looked at him like this :blink:


You mis-understood him. He meant, " I thought it made the camera waitless "

Those are the guys who you strap into the rig, so they can feel our pain.

Peter Abraham
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#6 Stephen Press

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Posted 28 October 2006 - 11:44 PM

I posted about this before but back in 2000 I had an 80min continuous roll digital feature called ROAD. We did three takes in two days as well as the partial 15 min take that came to a stop because the person that was supposed to unlock a door forgot. The only thing they had to remember?

http://video.google....859494305587285
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#7 PeterAbraham

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Posted 29 October 2006 - 07:32 AM

Hey Stephen, long haul there !!! What rig was that- I've never seen an arm like that before.
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#8 Erik Brul

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Posted 29 October 2006 - 08:07 AM

Hey Stephen, long haul there !!! What rig was that- I've never seen an arm like that before.


It is a Actioncam from Germany..., the latest arm looks more like a 3a style of arm.

http://www.actionproducts.ch/

Best, Erik
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#9 MarkKaravite

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Posted 02 December 2006 - 10:54 PM

Marathon #1
System of a Down "Hypnotize" music video:

6 cameras on rooftops, and 1 in a helocopter. I'm in the stadium concourse shooting the helicopter through a large bank of windows. As the chopper passes, I pan into the concourse, walk through the hallway, down the stadium aisle, onto the main floor and up to the stage as the band performs the song.

With no grip to take the rig back to #1, we do this move about 12 times. Then we shoot a shorter version (still the entire song) starting at the back of the main floor & up to the stage. This is followed by another 6 hours of full mag takes of the song from various angles on & off stage.

After about a 2 hr. break, we shoot an entire concert with encores. The bitch is they never used more than 3 or 4 seconds of any take. 17 hr payday made it worth while, thank God for a good agent that has you making triple time to ease the pain.

Marathon #2
Saturn / Google web spots:

Typical animated shot starting in space, flying down to earth, into a city, down a main street. The animation transitions into a live shot that starts in the parking lot of a Saturn dealership, through the lot, through the front door into a MS of talent delivering a line. These moves were about 200' long (again, no dolly grip to carrry the rig back to #1, I need to negotiate that into the next gig) and we did 15 takes on average. 400' round trip X 15 takes X 2 dealers a day = 12,000' or roughly 2 miles a day of operating. We had 10 shoot days on a 12 day road trip to 4 cities. Klassen harness made it possible, but man my legs were ripped at the end of that gig.

It's not the "Russian Ark" but I need a drink and a hot tub just thinking about it!

Mark Karavite
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#10 Erwin Landau

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Posted 03 December 2006 - 02:09 PM

It is a Actioncam from Germany..., the latest arm looks more like a 3a style of arm.

http://www.actionproducts.ch/

Best, Erik



Not to rain on your parade...

Actioncam is from Switzerland. (That's what the CH stands for... Confoederatio Helvetica)

Peace,

Erwin
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