Ride On, Pilgrim || CASE STUDY Day X3

I mentioned in the last post that I have recently built a pretty good setup for the 5D mkiii I'm shooting with. The biggest problem I had was not being able to do low tracking shots because I didn't have an external monitor, and I didn't want to duck walk to try and keep a camera steady in a squat position. So, "take my money" I said to my friend and got the AC7. Now, how the heck do I carry a camera and pull focus with a DSLR body? No top handle, great for holding to your face but not so much low. I didn't have money for a $500 DSLR cage setup from Wooden Camera, so some more research and $50 I came up with this DIY camera cage:

I absolutely love this thing. Look, it's not your rigged out sleek gorgeous RED setup, but it's not supposed to be and I'm ok with that. It's made out of metal strut, black pipe, handle bar grips, black spray paint, and a cheese plate. I got everything from home depot besides the cheese plate, I got a super cheap cine arm, and bam. Now I can actually do low angle tracking shots, something I've never been able to do before. Another way to step out in faith and grow, even though it's not an Arri. 

The other thing about this cage is the weight - DSLRs are very light, and for steadier movement it helps to weigh them down. This thing adds a good 15 or so pounds since it's made from steel, along with the bulk of the 24-70 and the added battery grip, I have a decent weight to the camera.

So, back to the project at hand. 

Sean Waldron