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Making the jump to 35mm

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Since this company know of your inexperience with film, have a chat with your DP and if they're amenable let them set everything up on the camera, so literally all you do is slap it on, balance and go. They should be familiar with videotaps, follow focus systems and should have worked with steadicam before.

 

My first film job I didn't touch the camera at all until it was ready to go on the rig, I didn't see the point in getting in their way.

In my experience, not touching the camera before it's ready to go on the rig is standard operating procedure on all film jobs. The 1st A.C.'s job is to deal with the camera. All you have to do is power it, balance it, and hook up your accessories. Of course it helps to have as much knowledge as possible about the camera you're using, but it's not imperative. This may not be true in places outside of the U.S., but in my experience that's the way things work here. Is it different across the pond?

 

Not different at all, just flagging up the different ways of working since Matt has only ever done video work, and may not know what if anything he can do to help as the camera is being set up.

 

On my first film job I had an AC who was familiar with the FF ( I was the least experienced person there) so I didn't even set up my accessories, it was all hired gear anyway, and I asked them first if they were cool since I had never worked with a film camera before.

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Hi Matt

 

Find out where the camera is comming from, go there with the rig you are going to use and put it together - especially in low mode. You really can't beat making yourself familiar in a relaxed environment so that you can cope under pressure. Most rental companies will be happy to accomodate you, just don't upset them.

 

Good luck

Robin

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Hi Matt

 

Find out where the camera is comming from, go there with the rig you are going to use and put it together - especially in low mode. You really can't beat making yourself familiar in a relaxed environment so that you can cope under pressure. Most rental companies will be happy to accomodate you, just don't upset them.

 

Good luck

Robin

 

Hey Robin hows things ?

I never did make it down to Barnet to get that batt changed in time :lol:

For sure i want to learn how to put a 35mm rig together camera and all :rolleyes:

If i can't pull it apart and put it together with bits missing then i'm missing half the fun.

Man i hope i don't upset any more people though.

I'm kinda learnig fast but still the hard way.

I just herd Shane medows Watched one of my not so good music videos the other day.

Thought i was going to have a harvey winesteen (how do i spell that) moment there.

 

 

Buggers ..ooops

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Hey Matt

Seriously though, things are going well. In Novotel Brum for a workshop this weekend.

Robin

 

How are the new workshops going Robin ?

Would love to come down one more time and see some fresh faces perhaps.

 

As regards to the 35mm job I have decided pass on it this time.

I feel i need to work up to this kind of job, i'm not saying i couldn't do it but it's how well could i do it ?

As luck would have it, a friend offered me a more tempting job just after my production meeting last weekend.

A-camera and steadicam on a 4 week horror feature based in london (magic thanks Tom).

Shooting on CineAlta or a 750, so a good weight to deal with for 4 weeks.

 

I'm still thinking i need to upgrade to a bigger rig.......

Perhaps the sony hdcam 750 will fly on the flyer ?

Flyer arm can hold 15lb and a 750 with eng lens is about 15lb i think.

Follow focus i'm not sure about it's weight if anybody can help with that?

Anyhows a big thanks for everybodys imput.

Much apreciated.

-matt

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Not sure if it helps but I got a really good deal for insurance (equipment rental, PL etc) from Allan Chapman James - and I don't work for them :)

 

http://www.acjltd.co.uk/

 

I think it is called the solo policy -

 

Good luck flying

 

thanks

 

Rolfe

 

Thanks for the tip Rolfe ;)

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