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Camera Dolly and Turntable

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There are two additions to my stopmotion studio. A camera dolly and a turntable, both hand-driven and hand-made. I am going to start shooting the other film I am making with my sister soon. So, I needed these equipment now.
I will have 2 set tables for Chronos. One is going to be the main set table with tree, clock, etc.. And the other will be this turntable where I will shoot Adem away from “time” It will be a lot of fun shooting scenes over this turntable. I did a test shot yesterday for The Invasion and it works like a charm. Here how it looks:


TURNTABLE:

Turntable

First of all I do not know if this thing is called as turntable in english. It is a set table which I can turn gradually. Anyways, turntable is in 71×104 cm dimentions. There was a rotary breakfast tray in our house we bought many years ago. We have never used that strange thing for breakfast. Things like turning a tray instead of saying -hey can you please hand me the olive- always seemed silly to me. Anyways this thing was in my studio for a long time helping a lot while painting props etc and finally it has found its real place. I mounted this thing to the hardboard piece and then mounted all to my set table. A needle pointer in front and a ruler over the table. That was it!

CAMERA DOLLY:

Camera Dolly

We (Hakan, me, Zeynep and Zeytin) assembled 2 curtain rods to an hardboard in 112×47 cm dimentions. Another 38×50 cm board goes on top of curtain rods for tripod table. We placed 2 nut washers and 2 nuts in between tripod table and curtain rods while keeping the top of the bolts inside rod rails. Another nut going on top of tripod table finished the installation. We adjusted the top of bolts to not to touch rail base. So, the tripod table can easily be moved by hand. Gradual movement is achived by a paper ruler I glued over the base board and a needle pointer on tripod table. There are small wood blocks mounted over tripod table to keep the tripod in place.

Before making this camera dolly I knew that there were other stop motionists using some wonderful camera dollies. These all gave me a lot of ideas about how to build a camera dolly. I wanted to make something very simple, hand-driven. If you like to check out some other ideas here are some URLs:

Shelley’s Smoomoo

Darkstrider’s camera equipment page

Nick Hilligoss’s motor driven camera dolly

Castlegardener’s camera dolly tutorial

Tony’s camera dolly.

10 Comments

  1. I also use my cheese platter for sculpting. it works great! Ilove that you are using to rotate the set too. great idea yaz. Dolly looks perfect.

  2. john hankins says

    thanks for the link to my dolly tutorial…yours looks great…

  3. Ingenious solution Yaz. And the clip looks great. Rich lighting.

    You make it sound easy, your making these pieces of equipment. But it’s a big deal and an uncelebrated part of art making!

    PS: mmmmmmmm, olives!

  4. test looks fantastic! particularly like the effect the moving perspective has along with the shadows.
    brilliant!

  5. Rich, ops ok ­čÖé so it is called cheese platter. Sometimes it is really hard for me to find the right words in english. Thanks for the mention and your comment. Using the cheese platter for sculpting is a great idea too.

    John, I really like your camera dolly. You have ability to move with a wing nut gradually. I might try adding that feature to mine later in the future.

    Shelley, thanks soo much for your comment! Mmmmm olives, yes! I love those, too:)

    Will, I will try making the shadows more prominent. I like the moving perpective along with shadows too. Thanks!

  6. justin says

    Great test shot…..its so smooothe!!

    I am so impressed by all your work here…

    jriggity

  7. justin rasch says

    Awesome work here!!

    the video is so clean….

    jriggity

  8. Justin, thanks a lot! Tell you the truth, I was not expecting an animation this smooth with a tuntable like this. I am now soooo happy to be able to shoot smooth rotating camera movement like animation with this thing.

  9. Seda says

    merhabalar. o kadar ┼ča┼čk─▒n─▒m ki ┼ču anda. bika├ž ay ├Ânce ke┼čfetmi┼čtim sitenizi. ve hevesle okumu┼čtum her ┼čeyi. ben de kukla yapma ├žal─▒┼čmalar─▒ndayd─▒m. ve bu konuyla ilgili yurtd─▒┼č─▒ndakilerin ne kadar ┼čansl─▒ oldu─čunu d├╝┼č├╝nd├╝m hep. istediklerini kolay elde edebiliyorlar, kaynaklar hep ingilizce falan. t├╝rkiyede ├žok daha zor, pek u─čra┼čan da yok gibi geliyordu. sizi de yabanc─▒ san─▒yordum. ama bug├╝n dikkatli bakt─▒─č─▒mda kulland─▒─č─▒n─▒z gazetelerin t├╝rk├že oldu─ču dikkatimi ├žekti. sonra stopmotionanimation.com da bi mesaj─▒n─▒zda “I got the latex here in Turkey. There is only one store I know selling this kind of sculpting materials in another city than I am living.” c├╝mlesini okuyunca emin oldum. =) yapt─▒─č─▒n─▒z ┼čeyler ger├žekten ├žok g├╝zel. e─čer bitirdi─činiz film ├žal─▒┼čman─▒z varsa izlemek ├žok isterim. ve e─čer istanbuldaysan─▒z bi g├╝n tan─▒┼čmak ve belki size asistanl─▒k yapmak isterim. kendimi de tan─▒tay─▒m. 17 ya┼č─▒nda independent bir filmmaker. ­čśŤ beni ciddiye almaman─▒zdan korktum bi an. ┼č├Âyle yapiyim. bu sene kukla yapmaya g├╝c├╝m yetmedi ama oyun hamurlar─▒mla stop motion bi k─▒sa film yapt─▒m. onun linkini versem belki beni seversiniz?
    http://www.vimeo.com/10309180 – filmimin linki. cevab─▒n─▒z─▒ bekliyorum. sevgiler sayg─▒lar..

  10. Seda merhaba. ├ľncelikle mesaj─▒n ve blogumu takip etti─čin i├žin ├žok te┼čekk├╝r ederim. Bu sitede yay─▒nlad─▒─č─▒m ├žal─▒┼čmalar─▒m─▒n sana birazc─▒k da olsa faydas─▒ olduysa ne mutlu bana! Chronos benim ilk stop-motion filmim. ─░ki y─▒ld─▒r bu film ├╝zerinde ├žal─▒┼č─▒yorum. En son bahardan beri bir s├╝re ara vermek zorunda kald─▒m ama bir iki ay i├žinde tekrar son h─▒z devam edece─čim.

    Senin yapt─▒─č─▒n filmlerden ├žok etkilendim. Malzeme konusu evet..T├╝rkiyede problem. ├ľzellikle bu konuda t├╝rk├že kaynak neredeyse yok kadar az. Ama sen de biliyorsun ki (filmlerin bunu fazlas─▒yla g├Âsteriyor) yapmay─▒ ger├žekten istersen her t├╝rl├╝ malzeme ile her ┼čartta yapabilirsin. Ben Bodrumda ya┼č─▒yorum. ─░stanbulda olsam hemen g├Âr├╝┼čelim diyecektim. Ama netten ve telefonla da g├Âr├╝┼čebiliriz. L├╝tfen senin i├žin yapabilece─čim ne varsa s├Âyle. Stop-motion konusunda ne biliyorsam seninle payla┼čmaya haz─▒r─▒m. Malzeme konusunda da elimden geleni yapmak isterim. Benim email adresim yasemin@httgdesign.com Mutlaka g├Âr├╝┼čelim.

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