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#1 Keith Mottram

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Posted 19 February 2006 - 11:02 AM

on a recent location scout I realised that I'd require some kind of long reaching (around 15 feet) arm to shoot from a beach to a sea wall. The reason being that the beach level is shelved with sloping concrete down from the sea wall to the beach. I'm therefor looking for a simple and cheap jib arm for static shots - to hit the actors level. Depending on the boards it might also be used to swing out from the sea wall to shoot the actors in a similar way (head on). Its been a while since I used a jib arm in this kind of way and last time (a few years ago with an SR3 advanced) I think I used this one. Does anyone have experience of this jib or recommend preferable alternatives. I'm looking for simplicity and cheap rental price, it must also be able to take a 35mm camera (probably an aaton 3).

thanks for all your help,

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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 19 February 2006 - 11:56 AM

For that sort of a reach, you're talking more like a crane arm than a jib.
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#3 Mitch Gross

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Posted 21 February 2006 - 03:29 PM

I don't think an EZ/FX jib has that kind of reach. There are a few lightweight guy-wire susspension jibs that are fairly cheap but they can be limited and a bit finiky to rig. I should think that for what you describe a Jimmy Jib would perfectly fit the bill.
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#4 Tim Tyler

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Posted 21 February 2006 - 04:42 PM

It's also likely to be windy that close to the ocean, and small jibs and cranes don't react well to wind.
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#5 Keith Mottram

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Posted 22 February 2006 - 12:58 PM

Thanks for all the replies, a jimmy jib would be perfect, unfortunately it would just eat into too much of the rediculously low budget. so I need to find a compromise between the two. As far as the wind goes, it is generally not that bad- and if it is it will pretty much screw up all the other aspects as well! It looks like the production is moving towards shooting on a F900 or 750p so I'll have to see what the best option is for that sort of weight.

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#6 Sam Martin

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Posted 24 March 2006 - 07:21 AM

The guys at DECODE DIGITAL in London UK have a EZFX jib with extended kit, up to 16 ft, with a KE EMU eagle lite remote head. They have recently added it to their kit but I've heard good things about it. I am actually using the kit next week monday April 3 and can give you some feedback on the system. We still have to decide what camera we will be using but it looks like it will be a DSR570. The kit should be able to handle a stripped down HDCAM camera anyway.

How much weight you think the rig should be able to supprt?
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