Here's a little gear porn for the weekend. My very own 24 lb., shoulder-mounted, battery-powered Frankenrig. So proud of my lil' monster. We sat down with Thor to talk about his upcoming movie project. He didn't give us much, but didn't complain either.
Redrock Micro shoulder rig, Redrock follow focus, Ikan v5600 monitor, Zoom H4N, DXA-SLR, Switronix Powerbase-70 battery, Rode NTG-2 mic, LitePanel Micro, articulating arms (x2).
Cables: Hosa XLR Y-Splitter, XP-DSLR-C p-tap cable, DR-E6 DC Coupler, P-tap to Ikan cable.
< With names.
< The cable on the monitor was loose, but I tied it up. Thor seems unconcerned. The camera and the monitor are battery-powered by the Switronix Powerbase-70, and the sound gear is running on simple batteries. Thor runs on the sound of his enemy's breaking bones.
< Thor sat stone-faced for 2 hours while I shot him in his grandeur.
< The cine arm gave me more flexibility with where to position the monitor.
< Very important to have these port saver adapters from the camera's mini-HDMI out to the monitor. It blocks the focus a bit, but well worth not having the hassle of a broken HDMI cable stuck in your camera.
< Mount the fluid head plate to the 3/8" hole in the bottom of the Redrock Micro shoulder rig. I don't feel this in my shoulder at all.
< Attaches in seconds to the Manfrotto 504HD fluid head on Manfrotto 535 carbon fiber sticks.
< From shoulder-mount to fluid head tripod in seconds. Just make sure your tripod head can handle the 25 lb. rig.
< My new favorite fill light. The iPhone 4 and the "myLite" app.