Hi all, I hope everybody is fine and in good health dealing with this akward moment. Since in a way we are forced to be not working, most of us in a lock down more or less strict depending on the countries, I figured we all have a pretty big amount of time to spend. Also, I've already seen some people from the brands we work with around here and I hope there will be more and more in the months to come. So, I thought to start this thread to throw ideas on tools or device we, as focus pullers, would like to have on set. Ideas can be simple or crazy, but I'm convinced that a crucial input for the gear industry may (or should) come from the active professionals that works everyday on set. In other words this could be a massive brain storm about the camera department where brands could find new ideas, or see that the things they are working on answer to a real need on set.
The title of the thread is because of that, if you could find the genius of the gear industry, what would you ask for?
Here is my wish: I don't know about you, but a lot of times a complicated shot was screwed by the mic or a c stand entering the frame. Also a lot of times actors or people from other deparments really need where are the limits of the frame. So it would be amazing to have some kind of device that could "project" with a laser or something like that the limits of the frame so everybody on set can see them at the same time.
So, your turn!
Oh yeah that's a good one. I think it's possible to programme this onto the cmotion cpro or the WCU-4, if they can do something similar with a DOF pull with the cinefade, I'm sure they can be programmed to keep a certain exposure, maybe?
Hello, I had that problem a lot, in Situations where I get a Startstop and an Endstop, I put the Iris on the Zoom Stick on my Handunit and limit the Lens to the Stops and choose the (zoom)speed on the Handset for the pull. So I just have to Push the Button at the given moment. Works for 95%.
Such a good question.
ive Always struggled with doing an iris-pull. Thats something my brain cant handle, one hand to focus and the other do iris.
I know there are loads of ways to fix it, but in reallity we do it 90% of the time.
So i would love to have some auto-iris. Maybe a bit like the Cvision where you can track a certain point. Lets say, a face in the frame and keep that as the main exposure. Would be awesome if you dont need an extra person or handunit to do the iris.
Or does this already excist…..
Or maybe just a user button on our hand unit with an "iris auto rack" function. It would be cool to have an automated iris pull from T-stop A to T-stop B which could take as long as we want it to last. Then whenever we pushed the user button the iris would automatically start moving. I've found myself in that situation when switching from interiors to exteriors or from tunnels to open roads. 80% of the times the 1st take was bad because my hands just couldn't move the slider and the knob while pulling focus and caring about the exposure at the same time :(
I guess you mean something like this, right?
I just found that on the internet but yeah, the Idea of having a "Frame marker" with a laser lighting the edges of the frame would be amazing. With the push of a button you'd just show everyone where the limts are. The only issue would be programming every side of the laser whenever we switch lenses or we apply framelines, but I'm pretty sure that the device could be mounted on top of the mattebox (with 4 individual straight line lasers and 4 adjustment wheels to position them).