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#1 Alessandro Machi

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 03:19 AM

Are changing bags like parachutes, you'd probably rather pack your own?

Any preventable mistakes involving changing bag storage or use?
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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 08:11 AM

My tent came in a nice little baggie of it's own. I just fold it up, pushing out the air, and stick it in, with the bottom of the bag (the thickest part) on the outside, and then put the tent poles in later on (it's a harrison changing tent)
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#3 Alessandro Machi

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 10:01 PM

My tent came in a nice little baggie of it's own. I just fold it up, pushing out the air, and stick it in, with the bottom of the bag (the thickest part) on the outside, and then put the tent poles in later on (it's a harrison changing tent)



Any tips for avoiding getting dust in the bag that the changing bag is stored in? It seems like it could easily become a dust trap. You need to keep the bag the changing bag goes in nearby at all times, no? So what if the shoot goes into a wooded area and you have to leave your cases behind? You take the bag the changing bag comes in with you I presume, but once you pull the changing bag out to use, where does the other bag get kept so it doesn't attract dirt and dust? Also, how compact is the changing bag in the event one has to do guerilla style of filming.

And what is the quickest way to "check in" a changing bag that is being used for the first time?
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#4 Chris Keth

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 03:32 PM

Any tips for avoiding getting dust in the bag that the changing bag is stored in? It seems like it could easily become a dust trap. You need to keep the bag the changing bag goes in nearby at all times, no? So what if the shoot goes into a wooded area and you have to leave your cases behind? You take the bag the changing bag comes in with you I presume, but once you pull the changing bag out to use, where does the other bag get kept so it doesn't attract dirt and dust? Also, how compact is the changing bag in the event one has to do guerilla style of filming.

And what is the quickest way to "check in" a changing bag that is being used for the first time?


Before any job with a changing bag or tent, you need to check it. Take it into a darkroom and have a bright flashlight with you. Sit in the dark for a few minutes so your eyes have a chance to adjust to the dark and then inspect the bag with the flashlight turned on inside it. You shouldn't be able to see a spot of light whatsoever. If you can, tape it over from both the inside and outside with black tape.
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#5 Robert Starling SOC

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 08:00 PM

I just fold it up, pushing out the air, and stick it in


I was told a long time ago not to fold tents or changing bags because the folded edges become wear points over time. Think of the edges of a call sheet after its been in your pocket for a few hours. The idea was to stuff tents and changing bags into a sack and therefore "randomize" the wrinkling etc.. By the time you wear out your changing bag you've probably earned enough to afford a new one.

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 08:32 PM

I usually tie the bag on to the tent poles at the top. This way it is always handy. I shake the bag out every now and then to get out any dust, just opening the flap and shaking. When putting it away I fold the tent in half and then roll it around the tent poles.
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#7 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 12:14 AM

I shake out the bag after every day of shooting and try to keep it assembled in an out of the way place while on set.
I check as mentioned in a dark room with a flashlight.
never thought of the wear points on the bag though; but with my "folding," it really is more like rolling up (i always roll it in the end as well, i basically just half it over twice and then roll the rest of it like an old camping tent).
I keep it's other bag near by, generally closed, but I also will shake that out and give it a good inspection.
I try to keep the armlets of the bag on the inside so they're not exposed to dust/dirt as much and of course i keep it zipped up.
I may not be doing it by the book, if there is a book, but it's been working for me thusly.
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