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#1 Zia Anger

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 12:19 AM

Hi All,
I am looking to rent a dolly to aid in my senior thesis film. Our film has received the Panavision New Filmmaker equipment grant and will be shooting super 16mm on the Panaflex Elaine. Is there any recommendations for upstate New York/NYC rental houses that charge a reasonable price/may be willing to negotiate? Any individuals known to rent these types of things? I was thinking something like a Elemack Cricket Dolly, but with our budget we can make something like a Matthews Suitcase Dolly work as well... maybe you can suggest what would be best.
Many thanks, Z
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#2 Darryl Richard Humber

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 11:41 PM

With the strike on, rental houses may be more willing to make a deal. A lot depends on your locations, whether they are in hard to get into places, up stairs, etc., and also what types of shots you're doing, and also if you have an experienced dolly grip. If you're keeping it simple, just moves, go with the simplest dolly. If you want compound moves, stand ups, sit downs, a lot of dance floor, and you have a dolly grip who can do that stuff, go with a peewee or something. If you're using an Elaine, ask Panavision NY if they'll make a deal on a dolly also. I know they have Chapman. I don't know what you're doing for crew, but if you have an experienced Key or Dolly and they know what you want to do, ask them what the best dolly is to use.
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#3 Darryl Richard Humber

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 11:47 PM

I should mention, if you go with a hydraulic dolly like a peewee or Fisher, be sure you have someone experienced with it. An operator can be seriously injured just by someone turning the valve handle the wrong way unexpectedly, or not keeping an eye on the operator during a shot. Be safe and be careful.
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