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Love the Modern Studio gear on the "ladder shot". Those small 5/8th clamps etc. are such a massive help.

 

I'm sure you know that instead of two C-clamps, 4 Cardi, 2 baby grips heads and misc, there is a single clamp that will fasten the high/low-hat to the top of a step ladder.

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It's OK, we just stand on each others' shoulders.

 

Oh, okay. I know you've mention a near complete absence of C-stands on shoots (except multi-billion blockbusters), but when you have something that resembles a real light stand, do you do the "human sandbag" thing as well?

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I'm sure you know that instead of two C-clamps, 4 Cardi, 2 baby grips heads and misc, there is a single clamp that will fasten the high/low-hat to the top of a step ladder.

I do, but I love the versatility of those clamps. Nice to know that you can always find a workaround solution. They are just extremely hard to get in Germany, so I feel you @Phil.

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A couple weeks ago. If you squint, you can make out my LED "sun" above the car. I love those little guys for some super guerilla shooting. Second pic is returning to the location with my sodium vapors and a genny for the final showdown scene. Can't wait to share the trailer with you all.12108913_10204347509122628_6408882229392

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I'm sure you know that instead of two C-clamps, 4 Cardi, 2 baby grips heads and misc, there is a single clamp that will fasten the high/low-hat to the top of a step ladder.

This is why I'm not a grip ;)

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I've got one of these, clamp it anywhere... assuming it's solid.

 

http://egripment.com/products/accessoires/camera-clamp-150-mm/

 

No not it. Can't seem to find it in the Modern catalog. Very simple clamp, wide flat strap with threaded stud and U-shaped piece slides over stud, large threaded butterfly nut. Design to span the opening of a high/low hat base and clamp it to the top of a step ladder. Gripnerd featured it on his website.

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I've got one of these, clamp it anywhere... assuming it's solid.

 

http://egripment.com/products/accessoires/camera-clamp-150-mm/

 

Have you encountered any issues with it falling sideways, rotating on that screw? Doesn't seem particularly safe to me, based on my experience with C-clamps, though I admit it looks pretty beefy compared to the ones I've used.

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It's extremely beefy, heavier than a lot of film cameras, you need to tighten with care, but I've never had any problems. A safety strap is a good idea with any of these mounts.

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After looking at their site, the example photos on the 150mm version are what look super unsafe. The 100mm version photos have a lot better setups, with the "C" of the clamp adding a 3rd point of contact that would resist spinning. It does look like a really handy device.

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The 150mm version has large pad, which would tend to resist twisting because the screw can apply a lot of pressure at the other end. You can always pack the gap between the attachment structure and the beam parallel to the screw, it has a T cross section, so will resist twist.. When tight it's pretty solid, any twisting tends to take place when setting it up.

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I'd post a screengrab of what I'm up to, but it's too dull for words.

 

"I'd rather be matchmoving," said no T-shirt ever.

 

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Well I'm over in India on a Bollywood feature at the moment, shooting on ye olde F35, which isn't a camera I ever thought I'd be doing feature work with in 2016, but the pictures are coming up lovely, so I can't complain.

 

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Awesome Mark! Have you had a chance to call for an Alti-Balti yet?

 

My Hindi is slowly improving but I don't think so :p what's an 'Alti-Balti'?

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Ah! That must be the weird half-open, half-closed stool-type box thing they brought me.

 

Nothing like a regular apple box, but does the job. I just called it 'the apple box type thing' and they seemed to get what I was asking for :p

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Just finished a 2 day shoot on a project I have been acting as cinematographer for over the last three years. As the project is slowly nearing conclusion it was great to come back with all the skills I have picked up since we first started and work with some really classy talent.

 

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I'm the big guy in the back with the messed up hair cut. Looking like a muppet was not my plan before working with Peter..

 

P.S. You can check out the project at http://100monologues.com/ I was the cinematographer for about half of them and I developed the look and feel of the project with the director. An interesting challenge considering our limited budgets and trying to find a middle ground between live theatrical performance and narrative shooting.

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