Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Gimme Something

Allright guys, I'm long overdue for a post but for the life of me can't think of a topic. I don't want this to turn into a "My Thoughts On the Election" or "Why I Like Pie" type columns (there's enough of that on the web already) I just need some dolly oriented ideas to get recharged. If anyone has anything they would like to see talked about here, please give it up because I can't seem to get fired up about anything right now. Anything at all. Heads, cranes, dollies, track, safety, skates, set ettequite, whatever. I need some inspiration or this place is going to get awful boring.


Anonymous said...

What about step off crane shots?

Anonymous said...

usually the idea of either a hack d.p or a rookie director

these types of moves are dangerous and should be designed to be done with a tecno

Anonymous said...

why we love what we do. because i do. love being a grip. we're the coolest.

Anonymous said...

Dealing with track & wheel noise. Seems like everybody has some different kind of juju they swear by. I like Lemon Pledge, and not just for the fresh lemony smell it gives to steel.

Anonymous said...

What about how to keep in shape? backbone troubles etc?
What about the difference in using wedges or real thin plywood?
Coolest gadgets for (Dolly)grips?
if you'd have the bucks, what is on nr 1 on your wishlist?

some more coming up!

Anonymous said...

Some problems that i see in our near future is the use of these HUGE monitors that operators and Dp's like to place on top of the HD cameras nowadays.....from what i see, it is making the camera so top heavy, that if you are moving around on a pee-wee or fisher 11, it is too much weight for the arm and it moves the camera too much. So, inevitably, when your on dancefloor or even a faster move on track, the operator will look over his shoulder and shake the camera and say..." seems shaky man......" I see it happening more and more and wonder, aside form having to brace the arm everytime now, has anyone found a good solution????

D said...

Thanks for all the suggestions. Keep them coming!

Anonymous said...

How about dissecting famous historical shots?

The opening from Touch of Evil: was that the SuperNova?

In the same vein, but not your purview is the helicopter opening in Frenzy.

There are some wonderful things out there about Lawrence of Arabia, and the intense gripwork. Coping with extreme environments might be another good topic.

Chris said...
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Chris said...

What's in your kit? What does production expect us to bring? and how do we get paid for our tools?

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