Dollies, cranes, and tracks oh my!
Posted 16 May 2005 - 08:05 PM
Posted 16 May 2005 - 08:30 PM
Posted 16 May 2005 - 09:41 PM
It's location, location, location. I work in New York City and shot a low budget film that took place on the upper east side. The Director wanted several night "walk and talk" scenes on Madison Ave. I spent a day of prep looking for a smooth sidewalk on Park Ave. with a good background. I had to use Park because there is an island between the North and South lanes where I could hide some par cans to light the scene. As the shot progressed the par cans in the background were dimmed out and invisible in background of the shot. We ran the whole thing on a put-put around the corner and a battery light on the dolly. The Dolly had big pneumatic tires and with a wide lens on the camera we got away with it. I never would have pulled it off on a bumpy sidewalk on Madison. If they don't give you the money to do it right, then only work with directors who will help you do it any way you can.
Posted 16 May 2005 - 10:43 PM
But you need to ask, "is this the right way to handle the shot?" I've worked with a few directors who want every shot moving because they think it looks cool, not because its right for the moment. Definitely consider the content of the scene and what you want to communicate to the audience. Sometimes a rock steady camera and some careful blocking can work much better than any long tracking shot ever could.
When renting, ask for a discount! Unless your Steve Spielberg or little Georgie Lucas, they probably won't mind.
Posted 17 May 2005 - 12:08 AM
Posted 17 May 2005 - 02:56 AM
And couple of apples boxes and a bunch of wooden shivs
And a good Grip to level them tracks using the apple boxes and shivs.
You could use the wheelchair but it'll be very bumpy.
The only other way is going handheld.
Renting a good dolly and some track will run you less than $100 a day
Which isn't that bad considering what other things cost...