DV Cranes and Dollies Preface
I have used Chapman, Fisher and other studio cranes and dollies for over 35 years.
They were the standard of the motion picture and TV industry and still are. I
also built my own cranes, dollies, rigs, camera supports and camera stabilization
devices for my own shoots when regular studio equipment was not in the budget
or wouldn't do the job.
The advent of the light weight DV camera has made possible much lighter weight
cranes. There are some very good ones out there and some poorly designed and made
ones. I have built several for friends up to 20 feet long. One local cameraman
has developed a well designed but reasonably priced crane with my help. I am not
in the business of selling equipment any more, but can direct you to his web site.
www.DVMoves.com. He is also selling dolly
trucks with and without wheels.
The feeling of speed of a dolly shot depends on the distance of the nearest objects
to camera, the focal length, whether the camera zooms and the feel desired for
the shot. An action picture would demand much different treatment than a romantic
story shot in nature.
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