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Dolly with large rubber tires (4 replies and 2 comments)

BamaPete
3 weeks ago
BamaPete 3 weeks ago

Click link for photo of rubber tire dolly being pulled on set location.  The photo was taken during production of the BBC series WOLF HALL, about 16th century England. 

As a very low budget wannabe cinematographer, this dolly looks like it might be a possible DIY project.  The rig shown in photo certainly looks professionally made and sturdy, but simple in design too.  What really caught my eye was the fat and wide tires; they look like they came straight off an old single engine bush airplane.  The fat tires I'm sure help smooth out bumps and ground imperfections.  This rig also would make it much easier to shoot longer takes.

My question to Roger and others, have you ever used such a dolly, and if you have would you share its advantages and disadvantages vs. a tracked dolly?  Thanks.

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Roger Deakins
3 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 3 weeks ago

Yes, I have used that kind of dolly a few times. I say I have but it has really been an item used by a Steadicam operator. A number of Steadicam operators have made versions of this type of dolly. It is also quite common to use a Weston Dolly, which is a flat bed dolly that can be used with large rubber tires for a smooth 'ish shot without laying track. This works fine down a corridor or on a street for a 'walk and talk' if it is in a relatively straight line.

It's not always low budget films which use such techniques. Kubrick cut the superstructure off a Citroen and used this for the battle field tracking shots in 'Barry Lindon'.

BamaPete
3 weeks ago

Very interesting tidbit about Kubrick and extremely modified Citroen, and appreciate comments about the dolly, cheers.

simon m
2 weeks ago
simon m 2 weeks ago

This is from the set of Revolutionary Road I believe. looks like a pretty easy set up to put together also.

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simon m
2 weeks ago

Was that big beach ball resting on your legs Roger? it's hard to see what's supporting it from below. cheers.

Roger Deakins
1 week ago
Roger Deakins 1 week ago

Yes, I was on an ATV and I rested the Arri 111C on a beach ball for stability. A very poor man's Steadicam! The shot is in the film.

simon m
1 week ago
simon m 1 week ago

I wonder if that sort of beach-ball cam would work in a car? For filming the driver, or passenger, or even out a window. Say sitting in the back seat with the beach ball on your legs, and the camera on top.

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