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Bryan Fowler

Dana Dolly with Offset?

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Hi everyone. 

I have a shot I'm trying to replicate on a budget. The camera needs to pull back over a table linearly, revealing 3-4 plates of food. Maybe a 3-5 ft move?

If we had the budget I'd use a fisher with a ubangee, and maybe an RO. But we cant' do that. 
We DO have a dana dolly. I'm wondering if anyone has done something like that with the dana dolly?

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I have rigged mine up high with the camera underslung.

 

Maybe get a piece of square steel stock to span the table and drill post holes for two C-Stands and then attach it to the Dana Dolly on one end and the regular single C-Stand at the other so the end of the dolly won't be seen in the shot.

 

 

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Is the camera pointing directly down at the table or are the plates in the foreground and the human in the middle/background?

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You can try Robert's idea, but I suspect that you'll still get the rails in the top of the shot.

Or maybe you could use a tiny camera like a go pro rigged to a plank offset arm from a doorway dolly?

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Thanks guys for the input. I ended up doing a underslung thing with a dana dolly. 

This was just a test. But it was close in the end to what we did. It was on a 35mm. Tilted down for the plates, pulling back and tilting up for the end. Didn't see the rails. The actual shot we dropped the camera down just a little bit. This test shot camera build was wonky. Can't post the clip here, but if it shows up on social I'll come back. 

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That's actually what I was going to recommend! The dana dolly is wonderful for doing a rig like this, but it can get bouncy when pushing in/out and the tripod can limit the tilt.

Nonetheless, nice rig!

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Nice! Similar to what I did with mine.

I also rigged a Dynamic Perception toothed belt and stepper setup onto mine for light motion control with the MMX controller which works pretty great for some shots.

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