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#1 Jason Wert

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Posted 10 January 2008 - 01:21 PM

I'm producing a shoot where we would like to get a jib and a dolly onto an ice surface at a rink. Has anyone ever done this here?
I'd love some advice regarding stabilizing the track etc. so I can begin to track down specialty equipment if I need to.
Thanks in advance.
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#2 Daniel Wallens

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Posted 10 January 2008 - 01:49 PM

Fisher allows specialized skates to be fitted to their dollies:

http://www.jlfisher....dolly/index.asp
(click on Optional Accessories and go all the way down to "Wheels & Ice Skates")


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#3 Jason Wert

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Posted 10 January 2008 - 01:58 PM

Fisher allows specialized skates to be fitted to their dollies:

http://www.jlfisher....dolly/index.asp
(click on Optional Accessories and go all the way down to "Wheels & Ice Skates")


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#4 Todd Ferguson

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Posted 10 January 2008 - 03:41 PM

A hockey promo I worked on made a plywood platform with rails on top of hockey pucks. It was pushed by grips and production had velcro strap on spikes for our shoes. It worked out very well.

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#5 Mohan Sandhu

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 08:49 AM


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#6 Michael Morlan

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 03:55 PM

I shot on ice for a feature this last November. I specified some ice skates for my doorway dolly that my key grip built for me:

Attached File  ice_skate_attachment_v02_letter.pdf   45.19KB   40 downloads
Attached File  ice_skate_attachment_v02.mov   575.27KB   38 downloads
Attached File  modern_doorway_dolly_v01_with_ice_skate_attachment_v02.mov   1.11MB   38 downloads

Some notes:
  • The dolly is only as smooth as the ice surface. We experienced some bumpy rides along the edges of the rink.
  • Consider whether or not to Zamboni the ice surface. Newly surfaced ice is very shiny and very slick. We left the surface frosted over from the previous night so it had a matte surface (good for suppressing hot spots) and good grip for the crew (avoiding the need for spiked shoes (and their inherent noise.) Note, there are special, foam-soled ice shoes you can also equip your crew with.
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