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#1 Andy Karkut

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 06:42 PM

I have used the SR3 a few times on student projects, but was wondering if you would have any tips that might be helpful for a relatively new camera-op. The DP is a working professional -- I hope to do the best I can and also learn as much as possible, without letting him down!

Even general advice on camera operating is also welcome! Thank you for taking the time!

This set up is as follows:
- Arri SR3, w/400ft. load; Arri matte box; Arri studio follow focus; video tap
- Fisher 10 dolly, w/Panahead gearhead
- O'Connor 1030 (or) Manfrotto 316 fluid head tripod
(will go handheld for a scene or two).
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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 07:44 PM

Wear something to keep your shoulder padded for the hand-held. The SR can dig in a bit.
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#3 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 09:58 PM

I'd request a clip on matte box for the hand held shots.
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#4 A. Whitehouse

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 11:33 PM

I'd request a clip on matte box for the hand held shots.


And possibly on board batteries if you're really moving and light weight rails...
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#5 Tim Fabrizio

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 11:04 AM

There are so many other duties to an operator than just operating the camera. You have to pay attention and anticipate. Listen to what is being said on set, the discussions between DP and director as far as lenses,etc. Communicate with your assistant. And once the camera and lens is up, make sure you are at the camera. The key grip, gaffer and dolly grip will be constantly asking you what is in your shot and if stands,flags,etc are creeping into frame. Don't bog your DP down with info that he doesn't need. Make sure your ACs have your back and you have your DPs back.
Relax and have fun with it. Operating is fun, you are the first person to see the movie captured.
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#6 Andy Karkut

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 08:47 PM

Thanks, guys, for the handheld tips; and thank you Tim for the excellent general advice! It's great to be part of this helpful community.

And if anyone has any specific SR3 tips, feel free to post here.

Once I've completed this shoot, I will share my experience with you all. Thanks again.
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