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How do I rotate a top shot around its Axis?


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#1 dan

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Posted 15 May 2010 - 07:32 AM

Hi there!

In two weeks i am supposed to shoot a top shot from about 15 feet height down towards a bed and i want to rotate the camera around its front axis.
Does anybody know a low-budget solution?
I am stooting in a medium seized studio with a Arri SR3 on super16.

Hope to hear from you!

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#2 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 15 May 2010 - 08:56 AM

A jimmy jib or similar would do it - by the time you're looking straight down, "pan" has become "roll". Not sure if you could get all the adjustment you'd need to make it rotate directly around the centre of frame, though.

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#3 Mathew Rudenberg

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Posted 15 May 2010 - 01:14 PM

A weaver steadman head will get you that rotation and it's not too expensive a rental. (cheaper than a jib + operator)

The problem would be finding a way to rig it 15 feet over the bed.

I've done similar moves by clamping a high hat to a ceiling beam (for height) or under slinging it on a dolly offset (which probably won't get you much more than 6-8 feet height... make sure you safety it and the camera extensively in either case!

You probably can manage it without the third axis - if you need to save money - by under slinging the head and using the pan for rotation (if that makes sense)

The weaver is fun because you can build it into all kinds of crazy configurations. It's one of my favourite toys, and I've learnt to love the confused looks of the camera and grip guys standing around staring at the open boxes full of bits. Be aware it's not the most intuitive piece of gear to put together, but if you like Legos you'll love it.

The Lambda head is a more expensive but simpler alternative.
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