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« Reply #15 on: February 22, 2003, 05:24:03 AM »
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Thanks Michael. I really think Im going to get one for my next project. I really think it would open everything up for me. I just have to find out how much the thing weighs - I dont want to be wiped out by import tax to the uk.
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« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2003, 05:38:32 AM »
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http://www.glidecam.com/


its sooo easy to use  :P

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« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2003, 05:55:44 AM »
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Reminds me of that 'chics with guns' video in Jackie Brown...except with steadi-cams...

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« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2003, 11:14:03 AM »
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That pic is the bad boy of the glidecam world, you can go the step down where it is less like a steadicam jr and just has an arm you hold rather than the whole chest contraption gizmo.

It would certainly weight less for import tax purposes, and the initial cost is a few hundred less as well.
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« Reply #19 on: February 22, 2003, 12:11:33 PM »
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That pic is the bad boy of the glidecam world, you can go the step down where it is less like a steadicam jr and just has an arm you hold rather than the whole chest contraption gizmo.



would this contraption of chest eliminate the the strength needed for long shots? (I'm trying to get a shot just like the glidecam demo shots...but it lasts for around 6-7 minutes...)

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« Reply #20 on: February 22, 2003, 05:22:01 PM »
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The bad boy glidecam pictured is very much like a steadicam jr, so it does eleviate the arm stress, though you still must use some hand control.

The lower model also has a slight body contraption, but it doesn't help in any true motion situations, it is basically there for standing still moments.

So the lower end glidecam does require some arm and body strength but 6-7 minutes is not really tough, I'm not he-man and I walked a tough 1/2 mile up and down hill nature trail with the glidecam and was able to do it for over an hour, so unless you have boney girl arms  :wink:  you should be fine, though if you have the cash to spend the above pictured is worth the investment, it's smoother, less of a learning curve as well as a built in video screen on the lower edge for viewing while also being able to watch your feet.
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« Reply #21 on: February 23, 2003, 08:40:58 PM »
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ugh.. This isn't a glide/steadicam thread and you guys are mucking it up with that crap...

If you watch and listen to the commentary on Sydney, during Phillip Baker Hall's 'walk' through the casino PTA comments on the overuse of the steadicam because its ease of use, and obviously with regard to this thread... this is very very true.

The best idea is to have a a well thought out idea and then rent a doorway dolly... unless you are in the middle of nowhere, renting a dolly will be your best course of action.  I live in omaha so I rent through LightsOn www.lightson.com -- they are also located in Minneapolis and Kansas City.

Other cheaper "solutions"

http://www.do-it-yourself.netfirms.com/dolly.htm
http://www.angelfire.com/movies/nobudgetsfx/dolly.html
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« Reply #22 on: February 23, 2003, 08:45:39 PM »
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Reminds me of that 'chics with guns' video in Jackie Brown...except with steadi-cams...

"Glide Cam 2000. When you absolutely, positively got to track every motherfucker on the set. Accept no substitutes."


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« Reply #23 on: February 24, 2003, 09:00:39 AM »
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« Reply #24 on: February 24, 2003, 01:15:51 PM »
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ugh.. This isn't a glide/steadicam thread and you guys are mucking it up with that crap...

If you watch and listen to the commentary on Sydney, during Phillip Baker Hall's 'walk' through the casino PTA comments on the overuse of the steadicam because its ease of use, and obviously with regard to this thread... this is very very true.

The best idea is to have a a well thought out idea and then rent a doorway dolly... unless you are in the middle of nowhere, renting a dolly will be your best course of action.  I live in omaha so I rent through LightsOn www.lightson.com -- they are also located in Minneapolis and Kansas City.

Other cheaper "solutions"

http://www.do-it-yourself.netfirms.com/dolly.htm
http://www.angelfire.com/movies/nobudgetsfx/dolly.html


While I agree it's true that there is an overuse because of it's ease with steadicam/glidecam etc... When you're on a low budget, working on a tight time gframe and need a smooth shot for your guerilla filmmaking, then it's your best solution.
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« Reply #25 on: February 24, 2003, 01:46:04 PM »
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« Reply #26 on: March 12, 2004, 02:45:11 PM »
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Anyone had any experience with the following. Or know naything about them. I finally found a rental place. And these are the cheapest tracking options.

"Scaffold camera dolly"
Fits on standard scaffold poles.  Supplied with euro boss plate & flight case.

"Table top dolly"
Mini dolly suitable for table top or low level tracking shots. Comprises 1x 1 metre rail section & 1x 2 metre rail section, camera dolly & flight case.

Also, where's good old Michael Allesandro? Last I remember he was going to shoot a film on Alcatraz.
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« Reply #27 on: March 12, 2004, 10:07:07 PM »
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http://www.glidecam.com/


its sooo easy to use  :P


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« Reply #28 on: March 24, 2004, 03:12:15 PM »
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Quote from: redlum
http://www.glidecam.com/


its sooo easy to use  :P


So you gotta watch your stuff on an LCD screen? Bah! Viewfinder all the way.

And another sad note, I seriously think that if I had to choose between having the girl or the XL1s, I'd take the camera.


Straight up.  Then again, I have a g/f already.  But even still.

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« Reply #29 on: March 24, 2004, 03:18:02 PM »
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That camera doesn't deserve sloppy seconds.

 

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