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#1 David Calson

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 08:38 PM

I've got a scene that requires the camera to be above a bed looking down. The camera's not to be too far from the bed, just enough to get a medium shot. I'm an indie filmmaker without a lot of dough. I've got 1 c-stand, some light stands, gaffer's tape, some sandbags, a tripod. Can anybody recommend a safe, cheap way to achieve the effect I'm looking for?

Thanks.

Oops forgot to mention, the camera is a 5lbs video camera
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#2 robert duke

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 02:24 AM

GO old school and make a swing set out of 2x4s and drill/bolt the camera to a 2x4.
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Posted 17 February 2012 - 11:56 AM

capital idea! Thanks
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#4 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 04:52 PM

It's a pretty light camera, use the 4 X 2 mentioned or a pole between the light stands in a goal post arrangement looking down on the bed should work. The 4 x 2 may not be required for the camera weight involved, I suspect 2 x 2 would be fine for this arrangement.

We made a heavy duty version of this arrangement for a HDCAM camera using crank elevator lighting stands, which worked extremely well. We just wound the stands up to the required height.

Edited by Brian Drysdale, 17 February 2012 - 04:53 PM.

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