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#1 Dirk Naves

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 05:25 PM

Hi everyone,

I'm currently trying to fit an upcoming shoot into it's budget and looking for places to save some money. Does anyone have any experience with a 1st AC pulling focus while the camera is on a tripod/doorway dolly? Or is a real dolly with a seat for the 1st AC an absolute necessity?

Thanks a lot!
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#2 Chris Keth

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 10:31 PM

A "real" dolly is certainly preferable but you can get by without. The grips can always provide you with a seat. It's easier if the dolly has a bazooka mounted to the deck rather than needing to strap down sticks; there's more space that way.
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#3 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 02:04 PM

1st's don't tend to ride dolly's that often, so a seat is very rarely necessary.
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#4 John Sprung

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 02:36 PM

It depends on how much dolly movement you need to do. If every shot's a move, you want a better dolly. If the dolly is mainly to get from one setup to the next (as is the case with most shows), there's no need for the First to ride.




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