Jump to content


Photo

pulling focus


  • Please log in to reply
5 replies to this topic

#1 Jim Nelson

Jim Nelson
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 166 posts
  • Student

Posted 04 February 2010 - 06:31 PM

Hi,

I've seen some 1st AC's measure the distance between the different camera positions and the different positions of the actors and then just pull focus. They didn't put any gaffer tape on the ground or on the dolly tracks to mark. The only markings they made was on the ring of the follow focus. However, the focus was always sharp.

Is this a bad way of measuring and pulling focus? Or should you always put tape on the ground and on the dolly tracks?


Thanks for your help.
  • 0

#2 Chris Keth

Chris Keth
  • Sustaining Members
  • 4427 posts
  • 1st Assistant Camera
  • Los Angeles

Posted 04 February 2010 - 06:40 PM

You answered your own question without knowing it. If it was sharp, then they did it right.
  • 0

#3 Michael Kubaszak

Michael Kubaszak
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 207 posts
  • 1st Assistant Camera
  • Chicago

Posted 04 February 2010 - 08:52 PM

if the lenses allow it you should really mark the barrel. use some 1/16 paper tape or 1/32(can't remember) and put some j-lar on top of it and you can mark it with china-markers or the staedlter lumo color pens. marking the focus ring is not as accurate.
  • 0

#4 Chris Keth

Chris Keth
  • Sustaining Members
  • 4427 posts
  • 1st Assistant Camera
  • Los Angeles

Posted 04 February 2010 - 11:49 PM

if the lenses allow it you should really mark the barrel. use some 1/16 paper tape or 1/32(can't remember) and put some j-lar on top of it and you can mark it with china-markers or the staedlter lumo color pens. marking the focus ring is not as accurate.


All true. I'm a china marker kind of guy. Whatever you have to do to keep it sharp.
  • 0

#5 Tom Jensen

Tom Jensen
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1234 posts
  • Camera Operator
  • Dallas, TX

Posted 05 February 2010 - 02:05 AM

All true. I'm a china marker kind of guy. Whatever you have to do to keep it sharp.


Me too. I knew guys who would spend hours at the rental house pre-marking disk after disk. If the gear slipped or came loose, you were lost. I liked the stabillo and I kept it sharp. Whatever works for you is what works. As long as it's sharp.
  • 0

#6 Gregory Almond

Gregory Almond
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 24 posts
  • 1st Assistant Camera
  • Anywhere

Posted 11 March 2010 - 10:45 PM

Personal preference plays into this. If it is sharp where it needs to be then that is what works. I've seen ACs go down a dolly track foot by foot getting marks, and that works for them. I've seen ACs eye it up and get it right.
  • 0


Visual Products

New Pro Video - New and Used Equipment

CineLab

The Slider

Metropolis Post

Broadcast Solutions Inc

Willys Widgets

Glidecam

Paralinx LLC

Ritter Battery

Wooden Camera

Tai Audio

Technodolly

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Rig Wheels Passport

rebotnix Technologies

Abel Cine

Aerial Filmworks

FJS International, LLC

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

CineTape

Metropolis Post

Abel Cine

Glidecam

Willys Widgets

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

Tai Audio

Visual Products

CineTape

New Pro Video - New and Used Equipment

Ritter Battery

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Broadcast Solutions Inc

rebotnix Technologies

Aerial Filmworks

Rig Wheels Passport

Wooden Camera

Technodolly

Paralinx LLC

FJS International, LLC

The Slider

CineLab