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Old March 29th, 2005, 02:13 PM   #1
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Monocular? What is this called?

I've seen many directors frame their shots using a monocular of some kind so they don't have to actually whip out the camera to plan shots. In fact most recently I believe Gus Van Sant does this on the special features of Elephant. I was wondering what the official name of this device is. I imagine it's just a small lens that mimics the field of view of a camera lens, but not sure what it's called or where to find them. Well I'd bet B&H would have them, but I don't know what to search for! Anyone know what this device is called and if it's actually useful as opposed to just whipping out the camera, and/or just framing purely with the eye?
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Old March 29th, 2005, 02:56 PM   #2
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It is a Director's Viewfinder. They are fairly expensive.

You can always frame with the cardboard portion of a 35mm slide... but you have to pretend zoom. :-)
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Old March 29th, 2005, 03:27 PM   #3
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Thanks. Yeah, I saw the prices... definitely expensive. I think I might just make a makeshift one like you described. In reality I don't need anything like those. I don't need to be adjustable based on format, aspect ratio, and focus. I just need somethign to assist with framing without having to power up the DVX and drag it across the room just to get some ideas.
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Well.... you can always to the 'thumb and forefinger' frame with both hands... it's corny, but it works.
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Old March 29th, 2005, 05:12 PM   #5
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I actually like having the cam, so I can see how it will react to the setting. There are always little surprises, you just might not notice them until all is shot.
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