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#1 Shayne

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Posted 19 December 2005 - 10:14 PM

Hello,

I am hoping someone can suggest a good dolly. I need one that can support an Arri 2c or Arri BL4 as well as a Sony Z1U. I'm assuming if it supports the Arri the Sony will be no problem. It would be prefferable if the operator could ride along as well as an additional seat. Curved track. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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#2 Rik Andino

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Posted 20 December 2005 - 03:07 AM

Well the Fisher 11 Dolly is a pretty good dolly...
Also Chapman's Pee Wee or Chapman Hybrid are also very good
These are considered the top of line when it comes to dollies.
Both Chapman and Fisher are fitted with boom arms making it possible to do small crane moves
And they're pretty smooth on and off tracks (depending on the operator).
Once you start working with one it's hard to go back.

If you can't afford to rent those than maybe a sturdy doorway dolly or skateboard will do...
However they don't provide the luxury of seats for your operator and his AC
As well as no boom arms or other cool attachments.

You'll just have to scout your locations and check to see what you need to get the shot.
Talk to your Key Grip and your DP and see what they recommend.

Eitherways
Good Luck
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#3 Shayne

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Posted 20 December 2005 - 11:59 AM

Well the Fisher 11 Dolly is a pretty good dolly...
Also Chapman's Pee Wee or Chapman Hybrid are also very good
These are considered the top of line when it comes to dollies.
Both Chapman and Fisher are fitted with boom arms making it possible to do small crane moves
And they're pretty smooth on and off tracks (depending on the operator).
Once you start working with one it's hard to go back.

If you can't afford to rent those than maybe a sturdy doorway dolly or skateboard will do...
However they don't provide the luxury of seats for your operator and his AC
As well as no boom arms or other cool attachments.

You'll just have to scout your locations and check to see what you need to get the shot.
Talk to your Key Grip and your DP and see what they recommend.

Eitherways
Good Luck


Thanks for the advice. Any idea on the purchase price for these dollies?

Edited by Shayne, 20 December 2005 - 12:00 PM.

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#4 Rolfe Klement

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Posted 20 December 2005 - 01:59 PM

it would be better to rent than buy unless you are planning on running a rental company

thanks

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#5 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 20 December 2005 - 02:18 PM

Thanks for the advice. Any idea on the purchase price for these dollies?


As far as I know, neither Chapman-Leonard or Fisher sell these dollies - they only lease them. Even if they did sell, the retail would likely be many thousands of dollars.

If you're determined to buy, you may find something like a Focus track and Dolly from Egripment is enough for your purposes, they're certainly a lot cheaper!
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#6 Shayne

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Posted 20 December 2005 - 03:20 PM

Thanks for the info. I realize it will cost thousands. If I can get something for $15,000 it will fit in my budget. Have you heard of Rocket Pod System Matthews 516020 w/ Pdestal and Doorway Dolly? Any comments on this one?
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#7 Thomas Loizeaux

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Posted 29 December 2005 - 09:48 AM

There's nothing worse then a funky dolly.
You can't buy the good ones (Fisher, Chapman, etc.)... so rent or lease.

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