Saturday, May 03, 2008

Cranes on Boats

This job involves a good amount of water work. We've had both the Techno 15 and the Phoenix on boats. I've learned two things- It's freaking cold in New England in May; Sightlines on crane shots change as the tide comes in (or goes out). The first two weeks of the show, everything I laid track on moved (docks, crappy carpet dance floors). I'm constantly tweaking my track because it moves. Anyway, we got some great crane stuff on the water, and we have one more day of it (I hope). Our cranes are mounted on a boat called a "Flight Deck." This thing will fly.It's not easy muscling around 2000 lbs of mass when you're flying and you can't feel your fingers. Hope everyone's doing well.

6 comments:

Devon Ellington said...

I'm sure it's a pain to shoot, but I bet it looks gorgeous!

tigger said...

did you take the boat out in the open sea?
i've always been a bit unsure how bigger boat to use for cranes, any recommendations?

Azurgrip said...

The bigger the better!!

D - don't you love the vibration of the Libra coming down the arm as it tries to keep horizon. It must have been screaming!

D said...

Thanks Devon, we're getting some pretty good stuff.
Tigger- We're in a Harbor off Cape Ann. We picked this boat because we needed speed to keep up with another boat and a seaplane taking off. As you can see from the picture at the top, we had box truss outriggers which added a lot of stability, but slowed us down so they were removed. Choppy sesas or wakes from other boats make the crane arm hard to hold steady. On open seas, if I didn't need speed, I'd get a barge.
Azurgrip- Yeah it was chattering pretty hard on that water as you can imagine. My Key Grip said-"quivering like a dog shitting persimmon seeds."

Anonymous said...

that could only be one key grip... a living legend....

D said...

The one and only.