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My name is Jamie Hobbis and I’m a freelance Cinematographer based in Torbay, Devon. I specialize in film drama and the drama side of feature documentary. I also work in special effects and high speed cinematography. My camera of choice is my gorgeous Arri Amira; she’s called Harriot. You very definitely, absolutely get a better picture when you give your camera a name!
Half the fun of the job for me is collecting kit. I love to say that I have enough gear to be fully independent of rental houses when it comes to high end documentary and small drama. As such, I pride myself on investing in the very best, industry standard equipment. “Buy the best and buy once”; I think it was my Grandmother that taught me that when she bought expensive handbags and shoes… As such and after a lot of research, I chose the Prosup Tango Dolly.
Firstly, it came in a ready fitted out Peli Case. I’m a sucker for matching cases. It makes me feel calm and in my happy place when all the boxes match in the back of the van! Secondly, the case is just the right length to slide between the crew seats and the bulkhead in my VW Kombi. Thirdly (all in the wrong order, I know) it’s so wonderfully, beautifully engineered and very importantly, utterly silent when operated.
I first used the slider on the feature film Dangerous Game in 2016. I instantly bonded with it. It was up and ready to go in a matter of minutes, which is so jolly important when you want the luxury of a moving camera but haven't really got the time to set it up. You only need to have the camera move a few inches and it adds ‘oodles’ to the production value on screen.
I love moving a camera in this way. It’s the good old-fashioned way of doing it and I think it produces a wonderful old school cinematic look.
A few months later and I had it on the set of ‘The Village In The Woods’, my second feature film. Now we were familiar with what the Tango Dolly could do, we started getting a little more creative with it. There was one particular shot that Raine McCormack (Director) wanted - the camera drifting over the top of the leaves on the forest floor. Our grip had a little think and experimented with rigging the Tango upside down, resting the upturned track on a few Apple Boxes and hanging Harriot by her handle on the underslung head. He commented on how beautifully manufactured it was and how intuitive it was to rig or adapt. The resulting shot was utterly gorgeous and incredibly simple to set up. We used this method a number of times during the course of the shoot.
I now always carry the Tango Dolly in the van as a standard piece of equipment and as it’s so quick and easy to rig, I find myself moving the camera more often than I used to.
For my next project, I’m shooting a horror in the Victorian slate mines of Snowdonia and I know Harriot and the Tango Dolly will be a reliable double act drifting amongst the Ghosts and Ghouls of the Welsh mountainside.
You can find out more about Jamie Hobbis at www.jamiehobbis.com
CineLab Collectief is a group of audio-visual freelancers and the work collectively with their expertise, creativity and they work together with the gear. Mark Tollenaar is one of the members of the collective and in 2014 they bought one of the first produced Tango Rollers. 3 years later they thought it was time for a maintenance check-up before Mark departs to South Africa to shoot a film there. The only thing that needed to be done was a little bit of cleaning and it was ready for action again.
Mark has told us that this Tango has seen a lot of the world, it’s a piece of equipment that’s sturdy and doesn’t fail.
Mark is working as a freelance camera man.
He’s specialized in ENG Camera operations, Scanner Crane operations, multi camera productions and corporate video’s and has worked nationally and internationally. Take a look at his portfolio.
This being said we got a story from Peter J. Reese a few months ago. Peter has his own company cold AAAPEX, it’s a photography company so if you’re interested take look at his portfolio. Sensu Film was asked to produce the videoclip for the song ‘Pull up in a Porsch’ by Kraantje Pappie and Nightwatch (two famous Dutch artists). Peter was asked to be the director of photography, he chose for Prosup’s E-Jib for most camera positions. What makes this case interesting is that the E-Jib was mounted on a car. Peter came to us for advice about how to mount the E-jib. We provided a few parts and the results are spectacular. In the bottom of the mail you can find the video and check it out for yourself. Make sure to check Peter’s portfolio at his site.
The LapTop Dolly has undergone a significant change in design. 12 years ago we first launched the LapTop Dolly. In those years we heard feedback, tips and a lot of positive messages. We kept all this data in mind
while designing the new LapTop Dolly so the people in the field have a better dolly to work with. The number of possible camera positions has increased, the comfort level has improved and a few smart features have been added.
The new design features:
- Three 100mm bowls are now already mounted onto the dolly's platform so that low shots can be done with no extra effort.
- The cut-outs to mount camera tripods now work with most manufacturers' sticks. Using the manufacturers' rubber hooks is an ingenious solution which provides utmost stability and safety.
- The new LapTop Dolly now comes with its own track package of almost 20ft or 6m of straight track. With this track comes a integrated wheel lock for using the LapTop Dolly on these tracks. (Picture: 1)
- Twin tyres are now available for all four wheels providing for much smoother ground moving. (Picture: 2)
- The LapTop Dolly can now also accept Vinten and Sachtler pedestal columns. This makes the LapTop Dolly more appealing to rental companies and OB productions. (Picture: 3)
- Steering handle and push bar also have been re-engineered and have a new look. (Picture: 4)
.- Even with these new features the LapTop Dolly is travel ready in it's original Pelicase. (Picture: 5)
My name is Duane McCulie, I have a hire and crew company, while I'm writing this I'm in China working on a BBC production. What it's exactly about I can't tell you, but we're filming in Europe, North-America, South-America, Asia and the South Pacific.
My company Catalyst Cameras is a London based hire and crew company. We send equipment and crews worldwide, for all kind of clients. We believe the difference is in the detail, and we take pride in supplying highly spec'd camera kits designed by filmmakers, for filmmakers, and at affordable rates.
While I was in Shanghai I had a young assistant who was a history camera man, it was incredible how fast he learned to operate the kit and he got our gear (30 cases) around China by car, bus and plane expertly. At the Terracotta army we had 3 fixers to run our logistics and it made everything a lot easier for us, since they did a great job. It became really tricky when we were at the Yellow Mountains, because the terrain is quite rough. My assistant enlisted the help of 7 porters to carry the kit up to the locations to make our job easier.
The Tango Slider
I chose the Tango Slider because even though the case is relatively small the slider can be up to 2.2 meters long. In the Yellow Mountains we had to put up our gear. Because the Tango is quite light weight it made it easier to set it up on uneven surfaces like mountain trails. I'm very satisfied with my Tango, I've dragged it around parts of Africa, Europe, America and Asia, still it has never failed me in delivering the great shots I have in mind. When traveling around like I do you get to see these beautiful places and it's great to capture it on film.