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McConkey's work on Scorsese's 3D "Hugo"

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I was just watching the video of Chris and Larry playing with the segway -- oy is that a killer offset/d/f bracket or what?! With a load that heavy back mounted with that offset I bet George Paddock could feel a disturbance in the force all the way in LA!

 

Excellent work as always and if you have ever been around Larry you know he is a great human as well. Listening to him huff and puff after the take makes me glad I haven't had the "pleasure" to shoot with a 55+ lb camera. I remember when we used to bitch and moan about the pana g2 conversion which was 40 lbs!

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I finally got the chance to see this shot and WOW! Very amazing and impressive! Interesting to hear the cues for actions in the audio of the footage too. p.s. those boom ops were equally impressive! through doors and around the chandelier! All in all great!

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The Tiffen arm would lift the weight and even more, but it was twisting under the load and that caused unacceptable friction, somewhat erratic at that. I rented a PRO arm loaded with the highest spring rates and cranked them to the very top. I left that setting untouched throughout the shoot - worked beautifully.  

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Larry So because of that experience did you stay with the PRO arm or was it just a one off for that film ?

2nd Alec's comments outstanding work .

  

 

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On 5/14/2020 at 3:43 AM, Louis Puli SOC said:

Larry So because of that experience did you stay with the PRO arm or was it just a one off for that film ?

2nd Alec's comments outstanding work .

  

 

No, back to Tiffen. I like tuning the arm so it is perfectly happy to stay at any height. I like that iso-elastic. I also like changing the spring tension while wearing it, often adjusting as I walk to the start mark. It is lighter as well, but I did love how smooth the PRO arm was, and there was very little weight change swapping lenses, so I never adjusted it... It was always just a little too weak for the load, but the differences were very minor. 

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"I also like changing the spring tension while wearing it, often adjusting as I walk to the start mark."

I'm sure Larry is aware of this, but to clarify - as it is a common misconception with the PRO arm, you can adjust it while wearing it and walking to one - you just use an Allen wrench (which can be stored on your vest when you get to one; I do this all the time).

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