I wanted to ask a quick question about a name, or the on-set shorthand name, for a particular rig (or if there even is a name for it). I’m a film professor now, but I worked in the industry for 17 years and it’s really bothering me that I don’t have an answer for this, so I was hoping someone could help me out.
Basically, it’s rigging an object so that it’s fixed in front of the lens and throughout the shot, whether it’s rigged onto a camera offset plate (Ubangi) or attached to a gobo arm, etc. I’ve enclosed example images of the fixed gas can shot in Breaking Bad. While it has similarities to a SnorriCam or an affixed camera, it’s obviously neither.
I’m writing a few academic articles about the show and they use this rig often enough that I would like to address it correctly (and quickly with a proper noun).