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#1 Charles Papert

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 02:33 AM


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#2 Charles King

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 03:57 AM

Saw this clip before CP. The guy is very good. Cool clip.
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#3 Richard W. Davis

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 07:44 AM



Many years ago I asked Ted Churchill about Stair work.. He looked at me, paused and said, " I don't do it, I hire it out"

I think I would like to invoke that answer regarding all my potential unicycle work.
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#4 Mike McGowan SOC

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 03:06 PM

That's pretty cool shit. I wonder how hard it is to ride a unicycle? I've done stairs on rollerblades with my PRO but it was a short set. I also wonder if you could hard mount to the unicycle????
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#5 G. Grammatikos

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 03:23 PM

ok i was thinking ,that iam crazy i take a lot of risks ,until now !!! unicycle,rolerblade in stairs,skateboard ?????ok iam not crazy iam still far away of risks
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Posted 22 March 2009 - 09:21 PM

i'd feel slightly more comfortable snowboarding with my steadicam :huh:
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Posted 24 March 2009 - 01:39 AM

speechless......
......where the heck did i put my skateboard.....?

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#8 Brian Mackenzie

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 05:19 PM

hey guys, I am the guy riding the unicycle with my Glidecam Smoothshooter, glad you guys dug the technique!

You can read more about the technique in an article of EventDV magazine if you would like to know more about my style
http://balanceproduc...ventdv-magazine

PS...Snowboarding or unicycling with a rig of anykind (maybe save for only a handheld model) would be incredibly dangerous, as you can't control when you want to stop instantly, and with a snowboard you are locked in by the feet, no thanks!!! And I would take the unicycle style over the snowboard style any day, as i ride down ski hills with it all the time :ph34r:

there is a full NY clip taken from my latest uncycling DVD (the origanlly linked video was Glidecam's sponsor clip I did to put on that DVD), you can see that here
http://balanceproduc...technology.html

(Unicycling Manhattan - 2:11...you can see how i transition from a leading shot into a trailing shot in one fluid motion...this was possible by my L7 monitor being mounted on the handle...I was pretty much looking ahead of me the whole time glancing down at the monitor to just make sure he was still in frame..)

The unicycle Glidecam Vs Steadicam Segway each have their own dis/advantages

Thanks folks!
Brian

Edited by Brian Mackenzie, 26 April 2009 - 05:21 PM.

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 12:51 PM

hey guys, I am the guy riding the unicycle with my Glidecam Smoothshooter, glad you guys dug the technique!

You can read more about the technique in an article of EventDV magazine if you would like to know more about my style
http://balanceproduc...ventdv-magazine

PS...Snowboarding or unicycling with a rig of anykind (maybe save for only a handheld model) would be incredibly dangerous, as you can't control when you want to stop instantly, and with a snowboard you are locked in by the feet, no thanks!!! And I would take the unicycle style over the snowboard style any day, as i ride down ski hills with it all the time :ph34r:

there is a full NY clip taken from my latest uncycling DVD (the origanlly linked video was Glidecam's sponsor clip I did to put on that DVD), you can see that here
http://balanceproduc...technology.html

(Unicycling Manhattan - 2:11...you can see how i transition from a leading shot into a trailing shot in one fluid motion...this was possible by my L7 monitor being mounted on the handle...I was pretty much looking ahead of me the whole time glancing down at the monitor to just make sure he was still in frame..)

The unicycle Glidecam Vs Steadicam Segway each have their own dis/advantages

Thanks folks!
Brian


Hey Brian, thanks for the post! I was inspired by your stuff so I went out and bought a unicycle myself. I can rollerblade pretty well with my rig (I can even do stairs backwards) so I figured I'd be able to pick up the unicycle too. I have been trying to spend a few minutes with it each day but so far I wouldn't feel safe trying to carry my rig as well. I wonder how much time it will take if ever?

Also, I ended up going with a 29" wheel. It looks like you use a 20" or maybe a 24"???? What are the advantages and dissadvantages to different wheel sizes? My 29 is an 'off road' unicycle for what it's worth.

Thanks,

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#10 Brian Mackenzie

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 05:45 PM

Hey Brian, thanks for the post! I was inspired by your stuff so I went out and bought a unicycle myself. I can rollerblade pretty well with my rig (I can even do stairs backwards) so I figured I'd be able to pick up the unicycle too. I have been trying to spend a few minutes with it each day but so far I wouldn't feel safe trying to carry my rig as well. I wonder how much time it will take if ever?

Also, I ended up going with a 29" wheel. It looks like you use a 20" or maybe a 24"???? What are the advantages and dissadvantages to different wheel sizes? My 29 is an 'off road' unicycle for what it's worth.

Thanks,

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Hey Mike, you will LOVE unicycling, everyone does! (I'm glad I inspired you to get one, that's cool!) I am pictured using a 24" in the pic, but my filming unicycle of choice is a 29". (as i am riding in the manhattan clip) if i have a lot of time to get up and riding without the need for too much control when filming, i will use my 36" wheel. (i would use the 36" on a ski hill, for example)

the general rule of thumb: the smaller the wheel, the easier it will be for low speed control. the bigger the wheel, the harder it will be at low speed control, but the more momentum you can gain and easier to roll over things like bumps and curbs. When filming, the larger the wheel also means the less your knees will move up and down shaking up the footage....not so bad with a camera stabiliser, but somthing that needs to be considered nonetheless.

if you spend an hour a day on it, you should probably be wobbling happily after 10 hours. do yourself a favour and don't try to lean on walls to learn...learning by freemounting will give you all the skills you need by the time you are riding. everyone can ride, it's simply trial and error. you can think of it like this...try to get on unicycle. drop unicycle 500 times. now you can ride.

Edited by Brian Mackenzie, 28 April 2009 - 05:48 PM.

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 05:47 PM

PS...Snowboarding or unicycling with a rig of anykind (maybe save for only a handheld model) would be incredibly dangerous



I just noticed this...I meant 'Snowboarding or skateboarding'

Edited by Brian Mackenzie, 28 April 2009 - 05:49 PM.

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#12 Colin Donahue

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 12:16 PM

Brian,
Tried the unicycle thing with the Archer. I think the rig is too big. I found it pretty hard to do. I noticed in your pictures that you have the rig directly out in front. I had mine on the side. I found it hard to turn. If I can get my rig lighter I will try again. Here are a couple of pics.

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#13 Brian Mackenzie

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 03:54 PM

Brian,
Tried the unicycle thing with the Archer. I think the rig is too big. I found it pretty hard to do. I noticed in your pictures that you have the rig directly out in front. I had mine on the side. I found it hard to turn. If I can get my rig lighter I will try again. Here are a couple of pics.

Colin



Alright Colin!
I have only ever used the Glidecam Smoothshooter, I know nothing about how any other gear works...do you need to hold it to your side? I imagine holding it to your side would make navigating the unicycle significantly more troublesome, but not something that couldn't be overcome with practice. Good for you for getting up and trying, you are the only other non-me person I have seen a picture of doing it!
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