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Old April 15th, 2009, 06:17 AM   #1
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Non-level shots with Steadicam?

Stupid question (?) :

Is it possible to take shots with the camera pointing downwards or upwards? Like the flowers on the ground of the leaves of the trees above?
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Old April 15th, 2009, 07:47 AM   #2
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Yes, with slower drop times its easy to tilt up or down.
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Old April 15th, 2009, 08:59 AM   #3
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Yes it is easy to do with slow droptime, monitoring is the tricky part.

If the shot is tilted up or down for the entire shot, adjust the monitor so you can see it.

Otherwise you may need an additional monitor held by an assistant or rigged somehow so you can see it.

You may want to do tilt up shots in low slung mode, if you use a wide angle lens to keep yourself out of the shot.
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Old April 16th, 2009, 11:26 AM   #4
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Seems to be a little awkward - if I want to record the canopy of the forest by walking along a path for, say, 20 minutes - isnīt it possible to have the camera on a tilted videohead, instead of tilting the whole sled?

I suppose the answer is "no" - it is just me bothering you with my ideas ... :-)
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Old April 16th, 2009, 06:32 PM   #5
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You can get a tilt head which will let you balance the post vertically for flat pans, or you can simply balance the head rearward for an effortless permanent tilt, but your pans will roll the horizon.

Get Jerry and Laurie's book. Jerry Holway, Holway Films Inc. Skyman Steadicam Operator Director of Photography Inventor The chances of you having a question that's not answered here are zero to none.
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Old April 16th, 2009, 08:25 PM   #6
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Here's a picture of an aftermarket Steadicam tilt plate:

Baer-Bel CamTec

I could have used one of these on Tuesday as I shot Green Day from the pit, two hours of tilting upwards was an annoyance. Otherwise a bit of an exotic addition. The larger Tiffen rigs have this feature built in though.
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Old April 17th, 2009, 01:35 AM   #7
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Thank you guys, for the input.

Seems that I can do what I wanted, even if it cost some extra ...
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