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#1 Marty Hamrick

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Posted 12 August 2005 - 02:05 PM

What's out there that some of you have experience with for some of the prosumer DV cameras as well and some of the smaller film cameras such as as Eclair ACL with a small lens and 200 foot mag?I've seen some ads for some that double also as a small jib that fits on a tripod.

Also what are some thoughts on the board dolly kits?

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#2 Jason Maeda

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Posted 14 August 2005 - 11:23 AM

hey marty-
david might not have seen your post but i think you might want to ask him about the board dolly...unless i'm mistaken he has commented on them before.
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#3 Greg Gross

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Posted 14 August 2005 - 12:52 PM

Hello Marty,

Click on Glidecam camera stabilizers, Icon to right hand of forum page.

Glidecam Smooth Shooter

Holds camera up to 6lbs. with 2000 Pro or up to 10lbs with 4000 Pro.
With 4000 Pro- run,walk,go up and down stairs,shoot from a moving
vehicle,travel rough terrain without instability or camera shake. I'm
shooting independent film in October(16mm) with Arri S and I am con-
sidering Glidecam. I'm still in preliminary stage,pre-production stage yet.
I'm not sure of camera weight of Arri S and still have to check on that.
Since I produce my own productions, "Film 7 Productions" I might pur-
hase a Glidecam Smooth Shooter if it holds up to its claims. Keep In mind
I'm not saying that there is absolutely no camera shake or instability!!! I
have yet to fully check out the device and I'm going to make a call to Phil-
adelphia for some advice on it, from an industry friend. Also I need to see
how it would operate,and if it would operate with an Arri S. My board would
not give me permission to use steadicam operator in the budget. Of course
there are much cheaper alternatives. I have been a professional photographer
for a long time and I've always carried a big heavy tripod. In fact some of my
student interns would say- "Greg, why do you carry that big,old,heavy tripod".
I'm well aware of claims for products to be stable and free of shake and have
yet to find all of them credible. I'm going to look in to the Glidecam though and
explore its possibilities. Best wishes in your search for what you need. I am a
true John Cassavetes follower, so I have to shoot my first film with an Arri S.

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#4 Marty Hamrick

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Posted 14 August 2005 - 08:35 PM

Hello Marty,

Click on Glidecam camera stabilizers, Icon to right hand of forum page.

Glidecam Smooth Shooter

I am a
true John Cassavetes follower, so I have to shoot my first film with an Arri S.


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I love the Arri S myself and have one (or access to one anyway).What do use for a video assist?

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#5 Greg Gross

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Posted 15 August 2005 - 12:36 PM

Hello Marty,

The Arri S that I'm going to use has been modified by Du-all Camera. It has
a CCD viewfinder video assist. Camera looks pristine as it has been completely
rebuilt, painted etc. . I'm using Angenieux 12:1, 10-120 mm, T2.0. I have three
400' mags.. The lens has been modified by Cine-Tech. with a new zoom gear,lens
support ring with column,right side focal length markings,camera assistant can
work on right side of the camera,custom-engraved follow focus discs so that focus
witness marks can be read on the right side. Actually one can work on both sides
of the camera. I picked it up on friday and I'll be doing some pre-production test-
ing tues. and wed. this week. The camera does not belong to me it belongs to a
professional photographer(my mentor) and long time friend. I wanted to pay him
rental fees but he absolutely refused. Of course the camera is insured. He's 65 yrs
old Marty and I'm 57 yrs old. This is what he said to me- "Greg you had better do
a good job on your first film or I'm going to kick your ass when you bring the cam-
era back". Can you imagine that Marty? I'm 57 yrs old and this will be my first film.
What the hell was I doing all of my life? I should have laid my copy of AC down and
shot a film. I wish I could have started like David Mullen did, thats a lot to live up
to. I have not ruled out using some primes also,I'll be in N.Y.C. this weekend. Well
the camera can get the job done no doubt,now I've got to prove that I can get the
job done. Hey Marty, what do you think of Arri filters? I've got to get the job done
as I don't want to get my ass kicked!

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