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#1 Philip J. Martinez SOC

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Posted 13 November 2006 - 09:04 PM

I have a job outside in NYC tomorrow and it is going to rain, luckly the location is under scaffolding (like most of NY right now) I'm ready for shooting in the rain with my sled and arm raincover and a roll of shrink wrap but putting the rig together, it might get wet.

My question is ... do any of you keep a camping tent in your kit to give a nice work space wind and rain free?? I saw a tent for 6 people that was 6 feet high in the middle for $220.00 at EMS but did not get it for this job. Does that sound like a good idea or more trouble then it is worth?? I guess I'd need some sand bags too



sorry if I'm posting to much, I hope to get to one of the bigger workshops soon so I can have a lot of Newbie questions answered all at once instead of on a per job bases.

Thank You again
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#2 Michael Stumpf

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Posted 13 November 2006 - 10:21 PM

You need to request that the production company supply a Pop-Up Tent.
If it's raining out, they surely have several on rental already for video village, etc.
The camera department probably has secured a couple from the production as well.
Just make it clear to the UPM that you need to be sure you have one for yourself to set up
and "dock" under.

Many good veteran assistants own one or two themselves as well, so before you ask production ask to see if your assistant on the job has one or two, if not production should be more than happy to provide one.
If they don't kindly remind them that an additional pop up tent rental is far cheaper than the insurance claim for water damaged Steadicam equipment.

Good luck.
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#3 Brant S. Fagan SOC

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 10:34 AM


If you're looking to carry your own enclosure, let me recommend the Pelsue line of self "inflating" utility style tents. These tents require only one person to pop them up thanks to an ingenious system of rods and locking plates in the center of each sidewall.

While these units cost more than a camping piece, they are designed and built to take far worse conditions and more abuse than a camping tent. These are the yellow and white bulging block tents you may have noticed on telephone company work sites and around public utility work areas as well.

Built solid with top grade components right here in the U.S. but priced a bunch higher than parts from EMS, most models suitable for Steadicam coverage will run about US$550. plus shipping.

I chose the 6.5' by 6.5' Z-series model which has a double zipper front door which rolls up and ties with velcro wraps and even comes with it's own black cordura carrying sack.


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#4 Frederic Chamberland

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 06:58 PM

Hi Philip,

The genuine pop-up tent are the ones from www.pelsue.com.

Look under TENT AND SHELTER. The 6X6 is a minimum and great size for steadicam tent.

Fly dry.

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#5 Philip J. Martinez SOC

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 10:00 AM

Hi Guy,

Thanks for the reply's

I'm just starting out with the steadicam so I'm not on jobs where production is big enough to have pop up tents for me (I cant wait to get there) so I'm trying to have every thing I need my self.

Yesterday went great the weather held out, no rain just overcast. It was my 1st film and I think it went well. I cant wait to do more projects like this one.

Thank You

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#6 Sven Joukes

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 05:20 PM

Hi all,

Another great and easy set-up tent: EZ-UP tents


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#7 Ed Moore

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 05:18 PM

Wow, I'm really dragging this one up from the depths of time, but does anyone UK based have a recommendation for a brand of quick pop-up tent or gazebo for production use? Ta.
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#8 Dave Gish

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 10:26 PM

I got an EZ-UP 10'x10' canopy with 4 zippered walls and a wheeled carry bag for $200 at the local BJs wholesale club.
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