Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Yes, This Really Happened.



16 comments :

JD said...

Please explain further..... I think I'm seeing a camera tripod "attached to a step ladder", but there has to be more to it.

Anonymous said...

I've seen something similar, rocky wooden ladder with a red on it. "Submit that to the ASC!"

Nathan said...

A tripod attached to a step ladder meant to be rotated to screw in a bulb to the fixture above?

Anonymous said...

I've admittedly pulled similar rigs, but with a spanner board for the legs to rest, and each leg ratcheted to the ladder individually. The hemp however is very... um.. yeah.

Michael Taylor said...

Uh, THEN what happened...

A.J. said...

JD - There isn't really more to it... That's the scary part.

Anonymous - I hope you took a picture of it!

Nathan - That "light fixture" you're referring to is actually a fan vent in the ceiling. And no, that's not how we change a light bulb. ;)

Anonymous - Your way definitely sounds more safe and secure than the way we did it. I think the hemp is the best/worst part of this photo.

Michael - We got the shot and no one spoke of it ever again...

Niall said...

Yeah I've done something similar. Lacking a ubangi, Mitchell head, or any real grip equipment, used three C- stand, satcher 75 DV tripod, six ball busters, and a piece of nylon rope to rig a camera over a bath tub full water and an actor.

Took a picture to remind my self to never, ever do something like that again. Also it reminds me that some time what works best isn't pretty, but it does the job.

JD said...

"ubangi". Used that word once on set, while making an out of the box suggestion to the camera department. For my contribution to solving a camera mounting issue, I received a 30 minute lecture from the Director for using a term no longer deemed P.C.

Anonymous said...

The term is really that taboo now? I still see it on equipment lists from shops in my neighborhood. A regional thing I suppose?

Michael Taylor said...

JD --

There's a word for a director like that... and the word is "asshole."

The Grip Works said...

How did the operator get to the camera ?

Anonymous said...

My guess is the four step, tied to the top of the baby legs.

Niall said...

No, they stand on grips shoulders. A ladder would be too convenient for that rig.

A.J. said...

The Grip Works - It was a lock off shot, so once the camera was up there and framed up with the help of a monitor, it was a "set and forget" type of situation. How did they get it up there? Um... Very carefully.

Anonymous and Niall - At that point, your solutions may have been more fitting. :)

Kangas said...

That's pretty awesome in a crazy sort of way. You do what you must to get the shot, right?

Human Gobo said...

Oh sweet lord... as an AC, I can't help to cringe at seeing that ;)

found your blog via Black and Blue.. loving your writing!

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