Car mount, speed rail only
Posted 08 June 2008 - 12:33 PM
My understanding is that, when making a car mount (and not using something by Matthews or Modern, etc.), particularly a hood mount, just out of speed rail, the best thing to do is to place your starter directly to the frame of the car, where it is most secure and doesn't damage the chassis.
Am I off on this? Also, what kind of gear do you to use to bite the frame? A speed rail starter or something else...?
Posted 08 June 2008 - 02:42 PM
if your coming off the chassis then speed rail starters are great (i love the range from modern studio), but it's always more solid if you can find a hole right through the chassis and bolt in a half clamp, also if you're rigging an american style 4x4 you can nomally get a couple of girder clamps straight on the chassis!
Posted 08 June 2008 - 03:48 PM
I always try to come from the frame of the car. Most cars do have holes with treads (commonly used for the welding-robots while manufacturing) Sometimes I can get away with kee-clamps, sometimes with single-sided scaffolding clamps.
Amsterdam, The netherlands
Posted 12 June 2008 - 08:39 AM
Most cars do have holes with treads (commonly used for the welding-robots while manufacturing)
This is true, however, check out the car that you are going to shoot. I was trying to rig to a BMW and it only had one eyelet on the front and a plastic plate covering the bottom of the car leaving very few points to hook to. We were able to make it happen for a short shot, but it took a fair amount of nerves.