Posts Tagged ‘ Steadicam

New Film: Endeavour

After working with Peter Naylor on Adrift he gave me a call to see if I’d be interested in shooting another short film he was working on.

Endeavour was shot on the 5D MarkII and involved some pretty cold and wet shooting. At various points during the one day shoot I found myself standing in a river with my Miller tripod submerged to the head and the 5D scarily close to the water…

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Shooting for “Adrift’

I spent yesterday down on the coast shooting for “Adrift”, a short film I’m putting together with Peter Naylor. I’d like to say a big thank you to Justin Smith, Ryan Sutton, Liam Hind & Jamie Crown who came along to help out on the shoot. I didn’t realise quite how much we were going to be expecting of them until we got to the beach and realised that the location was quite a trek from the car park.

Justin, Ryan, Liam & Jamie not only carried much of the gear to our base camp but were happy to do the trip four times in total ferrying loads of gear around including a Jib which isn’t an easy thing to be carrying on a sandy beach on a steaming hot day. We were also on location at 6am, not easy for most of us but especially alien to students!

I’d also like to thank our Actors, Sally and Mya who were fantastic, my friend Tim for helping out with props and Sylvia for preparing a huge supply of food and drink for us all.

I don’t want to give too much away about the story for now, but here’s a few frame grabs and some BTS stills I grabbed while carrying the 5D around.

Steadicam Pilot – broken bearing

I opened my Steadicam case today to find some rather strange looking metal pieces laying loose in the bag. I’d not noticed any issues before but these parts had obviously come from somewhere so I decided to give everything a good check over.

It didn’t take me long to notice that one of the bearings in the upper of the two parts of the arm had failed. I’m not sure when this happened, I didn’t find any of the actual balls from the bearing which would lead me to think that it must have failed whilst in use, although I can’t remember actually sensing it go.

Tiffen UK have been extremely helpful and very quick to respond to my request for help. Ill be sending it for repair next week.

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** UPDATE 30-09-09 **

My Steadicam arm arrived back from Tiffen today, just a few days after I sent it to them for repair. I’m really pleased to report that it’s as good as new. The guys at Tiffen have been incredibly helpful, I can’t express enough how nice they have been to deal with and what fantastic support they gave me.

Thanks Tiffen!

Steadicam Pilot – Sony BP-U conversion

I’ve jut converted my Steadicam Pilot to use Sony BP-U batteries. Click the button below to find out more.

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Steadicam Pilot

I’ve been interested in getting a steadicam for a couple of years now, I tried a steadicam merlin at the 2008 Broadcast Expo in London, but with so many other things I’ve had to invest in it was put on hold. That was until last week when I decided to buy a used Steadicam Pilot that was going for a good price. I know this is going to be one piece of kit that will take some time to master, but I’m hoping to to have it by the end of this week and take it to Latvia with me to get some interesting shots of the Harley event. I’ll post more about that when it gets here.

Not sure what a steadicam is or does? Watch the inventor Garrett Brown demonstrating the Pilot for B&H.