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Twojay Dhillon

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  1. IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO VOTE! If you received an incomplete ballot, lost or spoiled your ballot in error, you may request a duplicate by calling TrueBallot at (866) 260-6820 any time during the day or night. A new one will be sent by First Class Mail within 24 hours. Requests made later than April 19 may not be received in time to receive your duplicate ballot and return it. If you feel you are really close to the deadline and want to ensure that your vote will be counted you may choose to return your ballot via U.S.P.S. Express Mail at your own expense as members have done in the past. Be sure that the ballot is mailed as instructed within the secret ballot envelope and the business reply envelope and then placed in the Express Mail envelope with the mailing address on the Express Mail envelope reading: IATSE Local 600 Election c/o TrueBallot Inc. P.O. Box 48902 Los Angeles, CA. 90048-9137 Your ballot must be received at the P.O. Box by 11:59 p.m., Thursday, April 25, 2013, or it will not be counted. This means ballots must be in the post office by this date, not just postmarked by this date!
  2. Can we make a sticky so that the newer Ops have something that they can immediately go to?
  3. Copy all of that, Jerry. I believe you may have answered my question, although indirectly. An example for folks to keep in mind as I work through this: I run a PRO III rig with an XCS TB-6 monitor with the bottom of the monitor being able to sit flat against the ground, along with the two bottom batteries (some may call this coplanar; I just call it awesome). Now, I also use anywhere from a 4 to 5 second drop time... Sometimes I run absolutely neutral. With that in mind, I *ALWAYS* have my rig in DB if I set my battery hanger out to 2.5 (PRO GEN III Batt Hanger owners know what I'm referring to; For those that don't, that is a pre-marked scale which shows you how far out you have slid you rear battery/batteries). This DB has been verified via both the spin method and the Eric Fletcher "sideways drop method" and both M.O.'s yield the same rear-battery/batteries-to-monitor-relationship. As an aside, I -- up until now -- have never repositioned my monitor from its "flat" position for reasons of always maintaining my DB. This thread has made me question this choice. Given the above, if I release the upper-to-lower-post-clamp and extend both sections all the way out *WITHOUT REPOSITIONING MY MONITOR OR REAR BATTERY/BATTERIES* I should still be in DB, despite having to reposition my gimbal lower on the upper post section (effectively raising the lens height from the floor I stand on, relative to the lens-to-floor-height before extending the post sections) to obtain an identical drop-time to the fully-collapsed rig with the same camera/above the gimbal mass(es). Yes? Because that to me makes sense. And having the rig lose DB because of a simple change in gimbal height does not. As an example, let's say we take two PRO rigs which are both of the same build and both fully collapsed. DB is obtained (in this example) by keeping the monitor flat and the rear battery/batteries at the 2.5 mark. Rig # 1 has an Alexa with a Pana G-Series Primo, LMB-5 and one ND and one CLEAR in the stages. 2 Preston DM2's, a BOXX transmitter and an Anton Bauer Dionic HC behind that (yes, a metric sh*t-ton of pan-inertia -- just how I like it). Rig # 2 has an EPIC with a 135mm Super Speed MKII, one Preston DM2, a BOLT Transmitter, a RED ONE Cradle with a RED BRICK attached to power camera. For simplicity's sake (and completely innacurate as regards the accuracy of the actual camera-build weights about to be given): The camera setup being placed onto the PRO rig in Rig # 1 weighs 40lbs. The camera setup being placed onto the PRO rig in Rig # 2 weighs 30lbs. The point here is camera setup paced onto Rig # 2 is 10 lbs less than the one being placed onto Rig # 1. Obviously, if both rigs are kept fully collapsed and an identical drop-time (say of 4 seconds) is desired of both rigs, Rig # 2's gimbal will be lower on the upper post, than Rig # 1's, directly attributable to the lower above-the-gimbal weight. Using this as an example, why are both rigs, identical except for the weight of camera setups, and the consequent positions of their gimbal relative to the top-stage/upper-j-box, etc.) in DB? Yes, I posit this as an absolute as I have field-tested this very same example and both cameras are in DB with the rear battery/batteries set to 2.5. Yet, when we talk about extending the post, all things remaining constant except the vertical disparity between the two masses, some Ops believe DB will be lost. THAT makes no sense to me. I've been wrong before and I am making no claim to being correct in this case. If a difference from camera to camera, weight-wise, makes DB change, then sure, a lengthening of the post would also change DB (as these both result in a change of gimbal height relative to top-stage). However, I believe we all are in agreement that above the gimbal masses and distribution thereof will not affect DB should the below the gimbal masses retain their relationship. Ergo, camera weights -- or a weight disparity between two above-the-gimbal setups -- and the consequential difference in gimbal height on the upper post (still using the same PRO rig as an example) should not change DB. All a lengthening of the post/y-axis should do is make the rig have even greater pan inertia from the greater spread of masses. In layman's terms (mine): the rig is slower. It's 4:16am PST. It's bed-time for me.
  4. Jerry, Great explanation. As relates to a system such as the XCS or PRO, with a two-stage post system: If the monitor is left exactly where it was when the post was fully collapsed, would the sled still be in dynamic balance, even though the chances are that you'll have raised the camera's c.g. away from the gimbal to obtain a similar drop-time as you had when the post was fully collapsed? This seems to be what Jens has alluded to and it's a bit confusing for me to wrap my head around why the DB would be lost by simply moving the corresponding weights away from each other on the y-axis. Thanks for any insight you can give. EDIT: did not notice this thread had grown so much and other similar questions have been asked. My bad for the clutter!
  5. Interesting to see that you didn't extend your post, Robert, as I think that would have given you a few inches to move the gimbal down/camera up, and it would have given the Op a much better angle to view the monitor from. I've always had a thing for built-in superposts, but I have yet to encounter a circumstance where an extremely low or high angle is called for spontaneously. Okay, I lie, a lot of directors want the camera "in the weeds". Being just under 6', I throw the longest arm post in the d-bracket and I'm within 2" of scraping with the arm all the way down. Definitely not an optimal way to Op, though.
  6. Haven't seen an LCD that even comes within spitting distance of a PRO or TB-6. A damned shame they may go by the wayside. Used a PRO GEN II as a result of my slide across 6th street (thanks for the loaner, Scott Coleman!), and I must say, I love the smaller image (and bloody hell is it sharp). I did VERRRRRRY long takes (6FPS) and had to hold very specific pieces of mise-en-scene. Never felt more comfy than with the PRO monitor. For all of those that want to use the waaaaaaaaay overused example of pushing into a crowd of people and landing on the girl/guy with X-coloured shirt: WHAT A BUNCH OF BOLLOCKS. Many other ways to get the shot other than REACTING to a colour on your monitor. The forefathers did it for decades before technology "caught up". My *2* cents. (Bill insurance out for a new TB-6, bro.)
  7. It means hit "record" or flip the camera body to "on" and then -- within a second -- OFF in order to get the slate in without having it get in the way in certain scenes/setups. What? Oh, sorry, thought this was a camera op site.
  8. An uncoordinated PA "hitting marks holding a camera". That's the future of our department/niche? Seriously? Let's scale back the fanboy-ism a bit here, please. I'm all for this invention being able to perform some function within cinematography (and it will be limited, just as the Steadicam is limited) but statements like the one above are just plain silly and not based in any real-world on-set reality.
  9. Good lord... the stuff coming out of that guy's mouth are just ridiculous. Hell, he touts no rehearsals as a positive thing. And is anybody going to point out that when they shake and rotate the crap out of those handles (because, you know, we all operate that way), the lens is very obviously being influenced. You'd think they would scale back the arm-cycling a bit, at least for demo purposes. And he admits that you need two Ops for complex stuff. That means pretty much all the time on a real set. I still think it's a good idea and it's a cool "invention" but it's (as other Ops have said of other game-changers) another invention looking for a shot.
  10. Very solid observations. Also, with a PRO system, you could do like I did a few days ago and eat sh*t in the middle of a busy intersection, get up, straighten all of the off-axis bits, and continue to shoot the day out. At anytime I could have called 4 or 5 other Ops with PRO gear and all I'd need is a 5/32's t-handle and some PRO-provided wrenches and I'd have been as good as new. Oh, and if it hadn't been for NAB (fist shake) I could have had a PA take it up to the shop at lunch and had replacement parts that afternoon. Does not get any better than that.
  11. That's a really cool setup; I could've def put it to good use a few years ago!
  12. Don't know how I missed this post, Brad. I'll respond in a PM!
  13. Brad, any pics of said plug? I have a tilt-stage that I use rarely and the extra height was a bit rough. Thanks!
  14. Looking for 2 Kenyon Lab KS6's, w/ inverters. Thanks much! *2*
  15. Here's how to custom fit any toe-pocket (most common is the second one to accommodate those w/ Morton's Toe) on your Vibram Five Fingers: http://birthdayshoes.com/got-morton-s-toe-lengthen-your-vibram-five-fingers-second-toe-with-this-mod
  16. Downton. Downton Abbey. Downtown Abbey is a girl you don't take home to mother.
  17. I do the food banks on Sundays if I'm not on set and also volunteer at a non-profit a few times a week for a few hours.
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