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#1 katie

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Posted 20 January 2006 - 08:47 AM

I am a film student and am operating camera on our final year short film. The film is being shot using the Aaton. For the first shot of the film, the director and I really want to have a tracking up shot from two characters' feet under a table, up the table to show them sitting at the table. The problem is though that we're unable to get our hands on a jib arm and so I am unsure how then to do the shot steadily.

If anyone has any ideas as to what I could use/make to carry out this shot, your advice would be much appreciated.

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Katie
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 20 January 2006 - 09:42 AM

Short of a jib arm or booming with the dolly, I don't know -- maybe stick the camera in the center of a 2x4 wooden plank and have someone at each end lift it up? Build you own jib using a teeter-totter design?
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#3 Dickson Sorensen

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Posted 20 January 2006 - 10:20 AM

Build you own jib using a teeter-totter design?


I once saw a Director/Cameraman on a commercial take a 2x10 plank apx 10 feet long, lay it accross a sawhorse, lay down on one end camera hand held, sand bags put on the other end until balanced.
It was suprising how steady the shot was. It worked almost as well as any jib he could have rented and since he was shooting on the beach the crew didn't have to carry a heavy piece of equipment.
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