came across this, just love it. (8 replies and 16 comments)
hope ist okay to post this image. just find it very evocative
These are a rare species. Nice action photo too.
Could that be a Francis Ford Coppola Film?
Appears to be a military film of some kind Mike... did FFC ever shoot one of those?! Also do they make dolly grips like that anymore?
Looks like “Apocalypse now” Is the film.
“Vinton” UK Still make dolley’s although mostly now modify older cast alloy types.
Although, cameras have become lighter they still have to take the weight of the operator which is why the older types are still in use. They were built to last a life time.
Amazing insight on the actual dolly Mike... I was more so speaking of the shirtless Dolly Grips and Op's without any kind of protective anything running and gunning... haha.
Yes apocalypse now , my apologies forgot to add. great info on the dolleys.
Movieola USA made superb dolleys many of which are still in use around the world.
There were dozens of firms manufacturing Dolleys all shapes and sizes in the 1950/1960’s But only a handful stood the test of time. USA, UK, Italy were the leaders at the time and even “Miller” Of Australia tried their luck but eventually settled for Heads and tripods. Now “Miller” leads the world in tripod heads superseding Ronford Baker, O’Connor etc. BBC UK Have now replaced all their tripod heads with Miller ones. My personal choice is Ronford Baker, over engineered but lasts forever!
I am hoping to Write/ complete a book on film equipment from the early days to present but It’s taking forever to collate, never enough hours in the day. 10 years ago I was compiling a history of film studios so may have to combine the subject into one. Time will tell.
It looks like a simple Elemac dolly to me and the camera is an Arri 35 11C. Much of the film was shot with an Arri BL. I shot a film in Thailand called 'Air America' and the crew dress code was almost a match as was the gear.
Are you privy to refer to those as the 'good ole' days' or is it yet to be decided?
Looks like an Arri 11 with the power cable connected to the motor underneath.
They also used an Arri BL, Mitchell and 11c. It seems.
No way! I would never refer to those as 'good ole days'. I had a lousy time on 'Air America' and I almost gave up the film business after that shoot. Then I got a call from the Coen Brothers.
“Air America” best film Roger made, although “Shawshank” comes In second imo.
“Skyfall” is the best Bond film ever, Direction, photography at its best, although I don’t think they got the best out of Daniel. They could have “tweaked” him a bit
haha. can't wait for when this story finally comes out (preferably as a 2 part netflix special with Chris Pine playing the part of Roger)
Bare chested crew. “Boom” “Lawrence” and Arri 11 “Apocalypes Now”. Those boxes are held on the chopper with bits of rope.
Last photo is Joseph Losey feeling the heat.
These are amazing.
That middle shot shot shows the little known fact of how Bill Murray got his start as a gaffer's assistant!
That’s very interesting, didn’t know that.
Hey Mike - sorry mate, just having a bit of fun. Totally joking. I was struck by how much that man operating the light looked like Bill Murray.
Oh I see. No problem. Yes, he does look like him.
This thread has gone well sexy.
The new age of Dolly Grips... this was in May in New Mexico. Not a bare chest in sight. And that camera was an Alexa Mini...
Interesting. Stereo recording, hmm!
How close should a cameraman get?
Btw, Her bikini is made from a newspaper which seems to be ‘news worthy‘! Can’t wait for her to take a dip.
(French Pathe news 1946)
Note the cufflinks worn by the cameraman, don’t get that anymore.