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#1 CharlesEdmond

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 04:20 AM

I am fairly new to this craft but I do appreciate good work when I see it. Just ran across this clip on youtube but didn't catch the credits on the show....anyone know who did this? I'm not really a country music fan but this is truly amazing camera work I think.



Kudos to whoever it was!

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 07:47 AM

Hi Guys...
I have to admit that after the second time around the artist I was getting a bit bored...BUT then the operator opened up and you reailzed that it was all really nicely timed and thought through....working very nicely with movement and the zoom to create some nice effects! All in all very smooth and impressive.Also I am pretty sure he (or she) had to work pretty hard to avoid the shadows from the artists follow spot...

In my opinion a VERY nice shot...it looked almost to simple to start with but we all know how hard it is to make things look that easy donĀ“t we.
Definately KUDOS to whoever it was.
Just my 5cents...

All the best
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Edited by sebastianjewell, 25 February 2008 - 07:49 AM.

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#3 Rob Vuona SOC

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 03:59 PM

I am fairly new to this craft but I do appreciate good work when I see it. Just ran across this clip on youtube but didn't catch the credits on the show....anyone know who did this? I'm not really a country music fan but this is truly amazing camera work I think.



Kudos to whoever it was!

CE

It may have been
Freddy Frederick out of Tenn. he does alot of these types of shows.
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#4 John Perry SOC

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 01:44 AM

Sorry Rob, good guess with Freddy but it looks like I am the guilty one...I worked this show in Nashville last month. When I am not filling in for Eastwood, Vuona or Hector here in LA, I manage to occasionally get back to my old stomping grounds of Nashville to work a show or two. Thanks Charles and Sebastion for your kind words. It means a lot especially coming from my peers.

It's funny because I never saw the finished product until this link was posted, and it looks like the editors cut off the first 10 seconds of the piano intro with the camera moving up the strings & hammers. They got into the song at an odd moment when I was changing directions....oh well, thank you post production :( The director and I plotted the camera move with only a music chart, cd, and one practice during sound check. After the rehearsal we made a few notes, drank a Jack Daniels (we were in Tennessee, afterall), and what you saw was the finished product. Unfortunately I caught my shadow a little bit in the beginning, but if I were given the chance at a 2nd take, it would have been perfect ;)

I must give most of the kudos to my camera utility, Hugh Wilson. Without the guys behind me managing the cable and spotting me for safety, I could not do what I do. It was a heavy Ikegami HD camera tethered by a fiber camera cable, which made the move a bitch to accomplish without getting snagged or tangled, tripping over footlights and audio monitors which are hard to see on a darkened stage, or seeing my cable in the shot because of the multiple 360's. Thanks Hugh!

The director of the Grand Ole Opry series (Jim Yockey) loves Steadicam and gave me 2 entire songs in the show to shoot with one shot, all on Steadi. The other song was a ballad by Brad Paisley which I have yet to see. I'll look for it on YouTube I guess.

Cheers,

John
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PS. Rob Vuona, call me when you can regarding Link HD wireless hardware. I have prices and info...how much $ do you want to invest? It's damned expensive!
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#5 Rob Vuona SOC

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 01:53 AM

PS. Rob Vuona, call me when you can regarding Link HD wireless hardware. I have prices and info...how much $ do you want to invest? It's damned expensive!
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Yo John,
Nice stuff, as always . . .

Damm that Link system . . .I may have some contacts for it as well, but I'll call you and we can talk

also I may have some dates for you, Alan Carter says Hi as well . . .
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Posted 26 February 2008 - 06:19 AM

Love it, didnt bored me at all.
This should be under Steadicam Aesthetics
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Posted 26 February 2008 - 07:46 AM

Hey John, very nice work man, gota make Eastwood a little nervous... solid operating.

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 11:39 AM

Very nice work John! Well done!
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Posted 26 February 2008 - 01:04 PM

Thanks Rob, Job, Robert and Jeff. Eastwood shouldn't be nervous at all, he is still number 1 in my book and I have a huge respect for his work. We are friends and he's given me a lot of work the last couple of years. I am happy to be picking up his breadcrumbs. He's got to retire sometime though ;)

BTW Jeff, all your buddies were on the crew of this show....Pat Gleason on techno, Mike Breece on Jib, etc. I know you work with Nashville guys alot.
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Posted 26 February 2008 - 03:41 PM

Yes, very nice work. Did you prelay any of the cable ahead of the shot? How many cable pullers did you use and where did you space them? Curious which zoom control you use as well.

Thanks!

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 07:09 PM

I must give most of the kudos to my camera utility, Hugh Wilson. Without the guys behind me managing the cable and spotting me for safety, I could not do what I do. It was a heavy Ikegami HD camera tethered by a fiber camera cable, which made the move a bitch to accomplish without getting snagged or tangled, tripping over footlights and audio monitors which are hard to see on a darkened stage, or seeing my cable in the shot because of the multiple 360's. Thanks Hugh!


I thought.. i have seen them all, but this was simply amazing !
Call me really STUPID, but how the all you manage the cable like that.. ? ? ? :blink:

John, WOW :)

Very best, Erik
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#12 Rob Vuona SOC

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 07:32 PM

I must give most of the kudos to my camera utility, Hugh Wilson. Without the guys behind me managing the cable and spotting me for safety, I could not do what I do. It was a heavy Ikegami HD camera tethered by a fiber camera cable, which made the move a bitch to accomplish without getting snagged or tangled, tripping over footlights and audio monitors which are hard to see on a darkened stage, or seeing my cable in the shot because of the multiple 360's. Thanks Hugh!


I thought.. i have seen them all, but this was simply amazing !
Call me really STUPID, but how the all you manage the cable like that.. ? ? ? :blink:

John, WOW :)

Very best, Erik

Good Lord . . . . .Erick . . . .Now Johnny's head is going to be sooo big he won't fill in for me anymore . . .LOL . . . .

Ok Mr. Perry wallow in it . . .you deserve it . . . You Da Man

You should answer Brett questions for all of us Tethered TV guys . . .
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#13 John Perry SOC

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Posted 27 February 2008 - 12:01 AM

Yes, very nice work. Did you prelay any of the cable ahead of the shot? How many cable pullers did you use and where did you space them? Curious which zoom control you use as well.

Thanks!

Brett


Thanks Brett,
Yes we pre-cabled based on my predicted path. I only used one cable puller for this move, but he was a good one, Hugh Wilson. I have been working with him for 10 years now and he just knows what to do with the cable. When you work with a good assistant for so long, things just fall into place. His position is always about 2ft behind me and the camera. He spots the sled, my feet, the cable, and is always ready to prevent any potential accidents. I cannot stress enough the importance of who is behind you while operating.

I use the Stanton zoom control.
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#14 John Perry SOC

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Posted 27 February 2008 - 12:08 AM

I thought.. i have seen them all, but this was simply amazing !
Call me really STUPID, but how the all you manage the cable like that.. ? ? ? :blink:

John, WOW :)

Very best, Erik



Thanks Erik and Rob. Wow, I'm not used to all this feedback...I think I will wallow for a few minutes :P Don't worry Rob, I'll keep filling in, but you just gotta give me more notice next time. Keep those dates coming! I've got bills to pay.
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#15 Charles Papert

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Posted 28 February 2008 - 07:48 AM

This should be under Steadicam Aesthetics


In retrospect, looking at this thread in its entirety Job, do you still think so...?

My thought is that this is exactly the kind of discussion that we were thinking should not go into this category, as it has largely been about the "nuts and bolts" (still a valuable discussion, but not about aesthetics).

I think we'll just have to learn how to use this new category over time.
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