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Old August 15th, 2005, 06:34 PM   #1
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camera mount to get a shot of BED from the ceiling!?

i want to have a shot of someone sleeping in bed but have it shoot down onto the subject and reveal the whole bed in shot...i'm not sure how or what to rig up to have the camera up that high....any help would be great
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Old August 15th, 2005, 08:06 PM   #2
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"Sleeping?" ;-) ...sorry, couldn't resist

Best bet would be a Jib/Crane. Even a simple one will work.
I hope you have a high enough ceiling to get the camera up. - Or better yet, a set with a removable ceiling!

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Old August 15th, 2005, 09:12 PM   #3
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Home Depot to the rescue!

An inexpensive alternative if your shot is a simple lock-off is to get a couple of ladders, some C-clamps and a board long enough to span the bed.

Simply run the board across the two ladders, C-clamp it securely and then place your camera accordingly either on a secured Hi-Hat or just drill through the board and place your head's tie-down post in the hole and tighten down!

Good luck!

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Old August 15th, 2005, 09:44 PM   #4
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sounds good....keep the ideas comin'..i'm not quite sure how tall the place is...
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Old August 16th, 2005, 04:30 AM   #5
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Find a bed with a mirror and shoot the image in the mirror while lying down on the floor.
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Old August 16th, 2005, 08:52 AM   #6
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for a low-tech solution, try a ladder and use a beanbag to stabilize the shot

http://catalog.com/organic/buckwheat...ngpillows.html

i like the travel size pillow, works for an XL2 or GL2-sized camera
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Old August 16th, 2005, 10:49 AM   #7
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Glidecam 200 CraneCam jib arm. A few hundred bucks but you can use it for lots of different shots.

http://www.glidecam.com/product-camcrane-200.php

I own one and love it. 8'8" extension above your tripod is possible. Or, as Eric Idle says in one of the famous Monty Python skits, "What about pointed sticks?". A monopod, leaning.

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Old August 17th, 2005, 10:30 AM   #8
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Is this going to be a static shot or a moving one? Any of the above ideas are great. This shot reminds me of a shot we did where we used the dolly design in my book "Killer Camera Rigs" because is has the ability to hang upside down on rails (because of the unique wheel assembly). We ran rails between the roofs of 2 buildings across an alley. The actor was 8 stories below walking across the alley and we followed him by pulling the dolly across the rails with a rope from one roof-top to the other. It worked great. The wheel assemblies can be removed and put on any size platform you need. For this shot, we used a little 12" square platform.

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Old August 18th, 2005, 07:23 PM   #9
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hi guys..they are all great ideas..its going to be a static shot.....
thanx....
i might just look into renting the glide cam jib if its aviable here somehwere
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