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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Doing The Right Thing

It never ceases to amaze me what some people will do on shoots. Mostly inexperience combined with not knowing when to say NO ! its dangerous, its not safe. Here are a couple of examples I ran into over the last day or so. 

One of the worst things I've seen... do these guys seriously think that little lift will hold this with more than a small breeze ? Thats scrap metal waiting to happen. Note camera under 20X.... maybe if the camera gets smashed, the public won't have to worry about these guys shooting anymore. Also note : Full Sail on the side of the truck....

Now dig this dslr rig. Ok, we all know they are smaller and lighter but... never mind the aluminum pole will bounce the camera silly... maybe enough to smash it into the pavement saving these guys from a shaky cam shot.

Of course even productions with money do dumb things. I couldn't even watch what happens with the bridge up the street.... or if they go around a right corner even slightly too fast.

Unfortunately there are plenty more examples of productions of all sizes doing dumb stuff like this. If you are just starting out, use an extra dose of common sense. If it doesn't seem like a good idea, its not. Never ever do a rig thinking "I can get away with it this time" because that doesn't always work out. Learn from some experience people first. Remember, its just a movie... or commercial... or some corporate thing, its not your arm, your leg, your life or some one else's.