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#1 Jordan Raabe

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 07:23 PM

Can anyone suggest affordable solutions to achieve a direct overhead angle in a room on location?  Our ceilings are only about 9 ft high, but we're looking to get several high, down-angle wides.  We're on a 100mm Ball head tripod head, but can rent the necessary equipment to get the job done.

 

Here is an example of what we're looking for:

 

http://www.dvdtimes....e/abovebart.jpg

 

 

Thanks for your help!


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#2 JD Hartman

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 07:45 PM

Low hat and head clamped to top of stepladder.  Two step ladders, two lengths of speedrail between them, camera mounted to right angle cheese plate, cheese plate underhung from speedrail.


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#3 Kurtis Myers

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 02:58 PM

Swap those step ladders for something designed to hold speed rail, like clamps and sturdy stands.


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#4 Rob Vogt

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 03:02 PM

Use a tilt wedge.

Or if you're shooting on a go pro just use a suction cup. ;)


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#5 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 03:52 PM

First-surface mirror, then you can mount the camera horizontally? Might need a flip or flop as required, but that's trivial.


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#6 Gregg MacPherson

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 06:15 PM

Can anyone suggest affordable solutions to achieve a direct overhead angle in a room on location?  ......

http://www.dvdtimes....e/abovebart.jpg

 

Is there a reason why you don't immediately think of a jib arm?  If you don't need much reach then the arm doesn't need to be very big.  I used to own a crappy old arm on a rough pedestal with a 1.5m reach that was pefect for setting up these shots.  An arm is a nicer way to quickly fine tune your compositions.  With a short reach there is a good chance you can directly operate the camera and arm,  introducing some potentially subtle and organic movement.


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#7 Mark Kenfield

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 08:46 PM

Yeah, I just pull out the jib and whack a wide-angle lens on for these sorts of shots. Also allows you to very easily do a gentle 'push in' towards the subject, and the setup time is only 5 minutes.


Edited by Mark Kenfield, 04 November 2013 - 08:47 PM.

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#8 John David Miller

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 12:14 PM

Build a goal post with pipe and put a ball leveler on it, or a cheese plate with a dovetail. If they get a periscope you can get even closer to the ceiling.
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#9 John David Miller

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 12:16 PM

And remember to safety off that camera!! I've seen them fall...
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#10 Sanjay Sami

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 11:43 PM

GF-Jib or equivalent ... its the right tool for the job and as Gregg MacPherson says - you can very quickly adjust position and height. As you say you have several shots to get through, this would certainly be my choice.


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