Posted 26 September 2009 - 11:10 PM
An addition! This completely slipped my mind, but it just might fit the bill. I had to do a straight pull back where the camera needed to go straight up. I had no jib. I did have ratchet straps, sandbags, furniture polish, and a pipe grid.
We positioned the desk (the move was a pull out from a document) directly under a pipe. The camera was rigged to one end of the webbing from the ratchet strap. The ratchet part wasn't used. The webbing went up over two pipes and back down. It goes over two pipes to get the weight well out of the way of the operator, camera, etc. Furniture polish was added to the pipes to reduce friction. Sandbags were added to the non-camera end of the webbing until the whole thing would balance if you took hands off of the rig, just like a jib. Totally a one trick pony, but it worked great for what we needed it for.
I suppose you could do the same thing with junior stands and speedrail. If you try it, you'll want speedrail horizontally between the two courses of stands because the tops will want to tilt in together.