Camera rigging to roller coasters
Posted 16 March 2011 - 08:28 PM
Posted 16 March 2011 - 09:08 PM
Posted 17 March 2011 - 11:02 AM
I had never really thought of the complexities of rigging to a roller coaster before, but I was wondering if anybody had any photos, stories, previous posts or recommendations for rigging to a roller coaster. I don't need to do it any time soon, but I'm very interested in the process as I know there's quite a bit of g-force involved on the coasters and it must be quite an impressive rig. Is there usually a need to consult the roller coaster engineers before starting rigging?
Posted 17 March 2011 - 01:44 PM
Weight is your enemy. You want to keep your rig as light as possible, because G-forces act on everything you add to the car. The more there is, the more you have to work to keep it hanging on and stable. Bolting angle brackets onto existing holes thru steel helps a lot. Double nut everything. Use rope or straps under tension to take the twang out of things, otherwise the camera will just shake and you'll get nothing worth looking at. We had an Arri 16BL and 16S with internal loads for the MOS mounts.
Back then, Philadelphia Toboggan and Anton Schwartzkopf were the two major makers of rollercoaster equipment. They may be able to supply you with some CAD drawings and info....
Posted 18 March 2011 - 08:44 PM