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#1 Armando Castro

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 10:32 PM

I'm about to shoot an industrial for a new waterproof digital camera. I'd like to get a jib shot following talent jumping into a pool.

Has anyone here used a jib/crane underwater??? I'm shooting Varicam with pro 35, but I'll switch to an HVX for this particular shot.
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#2 Xavier Plaza

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 11:05 PM

Hi Armando, i never use a crane underwater, but this link maybe help you http://www.hydroflex.com/

good luck
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#3 Michael Nash

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 06:00 PM

Take a look at Chapman's Hydrascope crane as well.
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#4 Armando Castro

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 06:43 PM

Thanks fellas....

I found a rental house that has the Hydroflex here in Miami
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#5 Jon Rosenbloom

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Posted 04 July 2007 - 12:48 PM

The hydroflex is just the waterproof housing; it's very bouyant.

The balance of a crane is totally different in the water than out of the water. Chapman's hydroscope is a crane with weights that slide on the front of the arm, kind of like a reverse Techno-crane. I don't know that there are any that live on the east coast. It probably ain't cheap either.

If you don't want to dunk the crane arm, underhang a bunch of camera risers.

Cheers!
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#6 Armando Castro

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Posted 04 July 2007 - 01:00 PM

Chapman's is way out of my price range. I'm picking up the Hydroflex with a Hydrohead

http://www.hydroflex.../hydrohead.html
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Posted 04 July 2007 - 01:30 PM

Yeah, it's pretty advanced stuff, going in and out of water on a jib. The Sopranos couldn't manage it.
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#8 Armando Castro

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 08:19 AM

Yeah, it's pretty advanced stuff, going in and out of water on a jib. The Sopranos couldn't manage it.


Luckily, it's a simple shot following a kid as he runs and dives into a pool. I probably won't even use a jib for it (hopefully), but I want to give the client the option.

What happened on Sopranos?
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#9 Jon Rosenbloom

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 11:56 AM

"What happened on Sopranos?"

Nothing. We had a Phoenix crane w/ the hydroflex housing, and we spent the day adding or removing shot bags on the front of the crane depending on whether we were in the pool or out. (To keep the arm out of the water, we had about 8' or risers underhung.) I'm surpised The Sopranos wouldn't pay for the hydroscope, but I hear Chapman only 3 or 4 of those cranes exist; maybe one wasn't available.

Hey, can you follow up and let us know how you like the Varicam + pro 35?

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#10 Armando Castro

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 03:22 PM

Hey, can you follow up and let us know how you like the Varicam + pro 35?


Jon,

I've used the Varicam/Pro 35 several times and I love it. Let me look for some of the stuff I've shot and I'll try to post something.

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#11 Armando Castro

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 04:12 PM

Jon,

Here are a couple of imaging spots I shot with the Varicam/Pro35.

http://www.filmstm.t...ega_Imaging.mov

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