I was recently in the car with Gavin Hopkins who we work with regularly at Befour Creative and he was telling me about a project he was planning for a Rode microphone competition where you have to produce a 30sec to 2min film that contains, in shot, a Rode microphone! Going completely against the grain: http://www.rodemic.com/rockumentary/en
Immediately inspired I got to thinking about sound and porn. I want you to know that this was not my immediate leap but if you have seen Gavin’s flat and been to an Improv Dogs show then you would see why it was up there with the best of ideas…in fact, why don’t you see for yourself. This short was devised in 2 days, filmed in a little over 2 hours, in two takes and edited in a day. All improvised with nothing more than a situation, character names, back stories, a Z7 and creativity.
And here is the Gav mans film entry as well!…Sadly, Gavin did not return the favour of having me act in his film…He knows my acting ability too well! https://vimeo.com/48561893
Big thanks to everyone who helped on the film!
I was chatting to Gavin Hopkins(@GavHops, https://vimeo.com/gavinhopkins
) about this. He uses a SHAPE Sumo 1 shoulder rig which is good. only moving parts are the handles and the weight at the back. ‘Rock Solid’ as he puts it…still! It costs something like £300 pounds! for what is essentially some kick ass handles, a flat bit of steel and a curved padded bit! Then you have to buy a base plate etc.
So after destroying my last DIY DSLR shoulder rig I am now onto bicycle parts and welding! I plan to use all you see below as well as a DIY shoulder pad made from an old bag. See if you can work out the plan. Using the Shape as inspiration I am going for a solid construction which can be adjusted but only by allen key…won’t be as flexible as the Sumo’s handles but if I do need to reposition then it will be a matter of 40 seconds or so.
Without further delay, here are my parts(excluding shoulder pad):
Enjoy working that one out 😉 …bit of angle grinding, welding and the like and I’ll be sorted! Will keep you all up to date!;)