Posted 19 November 2005 - 12:30 PM
out easily and quickly. Is it a one hand thing or a two hand thing, who's found what the easiest? I know is sounds simple and a minor question but I'm wondering how I can get around this easily. Also I'm using a cinetape for the first time if anyone has any tips with working with it. My DP is a highly respected AC and as he's also operating I don't want to take his time up with questions about the tweaks of working with it. Any tips on working with the compact or sl would be greatly appreciated, thanks all.
Posted 20 November 2005 - 08:03 AM
I can't help you with any more specifics of removing the gate, but I'd make sure to check with a tech at the prep to make sure you know how to remove it, and more importantly, put it back.
Posted 25 November 2005 - 09:03 PM
Posted 25 November 2005 - 09:57 PM
Posted 26 November 2005 - 09:05 AM
Funny, one of the reasons my A.C.'s liked to check it from the back is because it was quicker. But both of those guys have been 1sting for over 10 years, so they're very familiar with pretty much all cameras. Also, when checking the gate when the camera is on steadicam, removing the lens can cause problems with any motors that are attached to it, such as focus and iris motors. Getting the lens back on with the motors in the exact same place can be tough, and it's best not to have to recalibrate the motors every time you check the gate.
Checking the gate from the back is often time-consuming...
Posted 26 November 2005 - 07:35 PM
Posted 06 December 2005 - 09:39 PM
In my years as assistant I had at least two times that there was an enormous build-up for dust in the film-path UNDER the gate, so you would never see it through the lens. It was caused one time by a little chip of film that had been pulled out of the magazine (Jammed probably earlier?)
Another tile was while shooting in the desert, with a helicopter that landed and an Arri 3. Sand blew in the magazine dial opening, was transported inside the camera and it looked like the sahara inside! Stratches all over! Imagine if you decided to check through the lens " because you don´t want any sand to get into the camera".
I even had one time a damaged gate, don´t know how that happened but I noticed a little cut on the upper side, looking through the lens (which is actually on the under-side in the camera) after the first takes.
I checked and there was a little piece of metal sticking out, towards the film and making a very big scratch.
We were in the woods, far away from any rental company so the only thing to do was to take the swiss army knife and file it off...... it worked but was scary, for sure!