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#1 Fulgencio Martinez

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Posted 27 July 2007 - 09:13 AM

hi,
I need to shoot a very far overhead shot.
All i have used before is a scorpio head with a 13m arm.
I feel for this shoot it might not be enought as i need to set the camera at least at 10 meters high and completely perpendicular to the ground.
I´ve seen systems based on wires for football match.
Do you know this systems?
Anyone has experience with them?
is there any other options for this shot?

thanks
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#2 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 27 July 2007 - 11:38 AM

It's called Skycam. Mainly used for sports but it has been used in a few films. One that comes to mind is a shot from "Terminal" that starts on Tom Hanks' closeup then trucks out through a large airport lobby.

There are other cable systems that are mainly for vertical camera movements if that's all you need.
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#3 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 27 July 2007 - 01:11 PM

If you don't need to move the camera during the shot you could use a cherry picker. Here's an example of a very high overhead shot that rises up that was done using a pulley system with a steadicam operator attached. I'm sure it could be done sans steadicam.
http://www.steadisho....cfm?shotID=267
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#4 Fulgencio Martinez

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Posted 28 July 2007 - 07:10 AM

Really i don´t need to move the camera.
Just set it vertical and frame, but no movement
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#5 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 28 July 2007 - 04:09 PM

A Condor or cherry picker will do the job.
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