has anyone ever used a wheel chair as a dolly? does it work well?
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03-02-2005 07:26 AM
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03-02-2005 09:11 AM
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I think most people; its not the greatest but it works in a pinch
03-03-2005 07:10 AM
If that is what you have access to, and you've got a smooth surface, then use it. You would be in good company - if you watch the movie El Mariachi all of the dolly moves are done with a wheel chair - so you would be in good company.
03-03-2005 07:41 AM
[quote author=waltind link=board=Links;num=1109777201;start=0#3 date=03/03/05 at 07:10:32]If that is what you have access to, and you've got a smooth surface [/quote]
Or also bring along a roll of carpet or linoleum.
03-03-2005 10:36 AM
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If you put a large bean bag in the wheel chair and strap the DVX to the top, it's like a CINESADDLE that absorbs the bumps and gets the camera up around chest level. Looks funny but is smooth.
Also tried a cardboardbox or two stacked in the wheelchair with the DVX on top strapped to a CINESADDLE or any other mini bean bag. Not to shabby.
Yes I sometimes have too much free time.
03-03-2005 11:52 AM
I used one on my short film, Those Sneaky Devils! Some people have told me that shot was their favorite/ funniest part of the movie. I just sat in the wheelchair and propped the camera up on a totally compressed monopod. I called action and my soundrecordist (it was an MOS shot) pushed me through the course. It was a ceramic tile floor, but you cannot see the "bumps" in the final shot, it was really smooth. I plan to keep the wheelchair just in case, even though I have a real dolly with track now. You never know.
12-04-2005 10:32 AM
go watch El Mariachi. They used a wheelchair for a dolly alot in that.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104815/civil disobedience is still disobedience
12-04-2005 11:05 AM
I used one with 30 lbs of cement in the seat in an art gallery here in Minnesota once, and just took a 3x4, clamped it to the armrests, drilled a hole through the wood and attached a camera head to one side
It was a little bumpy even though the floor was super super smooth and even, would've helped if I was in the chair with a monopod or some such nonsense, and it would of helped if the camera itself wasn't a little s*%tebox (canon zr60) versus something with a weight to it.