Cinegear Atlanta is this weekend at Pinewood Studios just south of Atlanta. Although I won't be able to make it this weekend, since I'm working on the lot I did walk over for move-in day and see some old friends and get a preview of things to come. I visited the Chapman booth where Nichole and the team were busy getting everything together. They have some cool stuff to see including the 15' telescoping crane and the new head from Spacecam. Check them out if you head over there this weekend.
Wick from Fisher had encouraged me to stop in and see Frank and Jimmy in Stage 3. Nichole from Chapman was actually kind enough to point me in their direction. We all shook hands and they showed me the new Refined Hydraulic Control for the Fisher Tens and Elevens. They've pretty much redone the boom system on their dollies and they let me try it out. It was nice. It was actually better than nice. I was very impressed with the action on these machines. They were responsive and I wasn't searching for the start of the move. The things that I personally always found uncomfortable in the movement were gone. I was especially impressed with the action of the Fisher Eleven, a dolly I have never been a fan of. Again, the arm was responsive, more powerful and it was easy to change the speed during the move. I'm going to go on a little bit of a tangent here. People often ask me which dolly is better, or which do I prefer: Fisher or Chapman. My answer is, it's a personal choice. When I teach dolly classes for our union local I tell the class that they have to find the dolly that they are most comfortable using. I happen to be a Chapman user. I've pushed their machines for 25 years and have a relationship with them. By the same token, some of the best dolly grips in the world, guys who are much better than me, use Fisher dollies and swear by them. I've used them myself many times, and have huge respect for the company, I'm just more comfortable with the Hustler 4. In the beginning it was mostly about the action of the boom. I've always liked the transmission in the dollies I just found the boom control was a challenge for me personally. This changed today. The arm was sweet. Jimmy Fisher also showed me another feature; the variable speed control. You can dial the speed down to a painfully slow creep with the turn of a knob. I think some dolly grips who found the Ten and Eleven challenging will be pleasantly surprised, and much more inclined to use them. Please stop by their booth and introduce yourself and check them out. They are in Stage 3, Booth S131 Thanks to Jimmy, Frank and Joe for the demo this afternoon. If you see them tomorrow tell 'em I sent you.
You can find out about the expo and register at cinegearexpo.com.
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Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you like what we've come up with. Did anybody make it to the show, and was there other stuff that was good to see?
I was there all day Sunday. Helped man the Union Booth. Met a lot of good people and enjoyed the new technology. Agree with comments on new exotic Chapman gear(their R&D is impressive) Also talked the previous week w/Jimmy Fisher, and although they don't do as much new developement as quickly they new hydraulic system is sweet. Fisher is a well organized company, more deliberate in their changes. Both great companies and great machines. Chapman is delving into many different crane options and more exotic devices.
Personally, I've found more success w/Fisher 10's in Ga. because of so much more runNgun episodic TV work, and the Fishers can handle the abuse of studio cable terrain challenges and dance floor needs better, while Chapman, especially the Hustler IV is a more heavy duty Cinema machine. Growing up I just used whatever dolly i was given and learned to appreciate both.
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