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Remote head VS general fluid head (3 replies and 1 comment)

Limbo
2 weeks ago
Limbo 2 weeks ago

Hi Roger,

I know you are a big fan of the remote head rig. However, I've seen pictures of you operating on the fluid head too. 

I wonder what makes the decision for you to choose on different camera rigs? If possible, would you shoot a film all on a remote head?

In the picture below, you had a fluid head on a jib. Isn't it more convenient just to have it on a remote head? 

 

Limbo
2 weeks ago
Limbo 2 weeks ago

here is the picture

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/WX20210113-182555@2x.png
Roger Deakins
2 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 2 weeks ago

I do use a fluid head quite a bit but the picture you post is of a Power Pod remote head. I was using an Alexa Studio with an optical viewfinder and I like to look through the camera to check the shot. Sadly, the optical viewfinder is becoming less of an option with digital cinematography. Maybe I should go back to film emulsion. Just kidding!

Limbo
2 weeks ago

I see! What do you think the advantage of a fluid head over a remote head then?

Roger Deakins
2 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 2 weeks ago

Just being close to the camera and feeling it part of your body makes a difference. Maybe it is just me as I started out shooting documentaries.

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