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2013 Music & Sound Guide
Burbank-based grip and lighting support company Matthews Studio Equipment has introduced a simple but highly effective tool dubbed “Lazy Suzy.”
“Camera people are often frustrated when they spent time (which translates to money) setting up dolly track and support only to hear the ‘creatives’ say they would like the shot to be 8 or 9 inches to the left/right – whatever – for a better point-of-view,” says Robert Kulesh, vice president of sales and marketing for MSE. “Tearing down the set up and moving it costs time and money, and the pressure is on to move quickly to save both. Not always possible.
“Well, now it’s more than possible – and it only takes a few minutes to accomplish – with ‘Lazy Suzy,’” he adds. “MSE’s new support gear not only gives the cinematographer/videographer more creative opportunities, it does so in minutes.”
This heavy-duty camera-positioning device that can support camera packages up to 70lbs (30kg) does so through the use of an articulating double swivel platform. A camera can be placed anywhere within a 25-inch diameter circle without having to reposition the dolly, tripod, or car mount rig.
Made of hard-anodized aluminum with stainless steel parts, “Lazy Suzy” is highly adaptable. A series of strategically placed 1/4-inch and 3/8-inch tapped holes enable the user to secure the camera firmly for traveling shots, process trailers, or lock-off shots. Because "Lazy Suzy” is weather proof from minus 40 degrees F to plus 180 degreees F, the creative possibilities are endless. Traveling shots, process trailers, lock-off shots in hot rain forests or cold arctic or anywhere in-between are now possible with “Lazy Suzy” onboard. The device can stand up to extreme conditions.
“Lazy Suzy takes only minutes to set up and understand,” adds Kulesh. “Instead of tear down and move, the simple addition of this swivel platform makes shots more creative. Triangulating the system on moving vehicles is simple, and so is set up on tripod, dolly or process trailers and more.”
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In the western United States, studios and soundstages often come with a distinguished Hollywood heritage. In Santa Fe, N.M., Garson Studios was founded by an Academy Award-winning actress. In Hollywood, Fox Studios carries the cachet of one of the legendary major studios. Moving north, the stages of San Rafael, Calif.’s 32TEN Studios once hosted Lucasfilm blockbusters, while the new Reno Tahoe Studios in Nevada seeks to establish its own heritage as production incentives promise to attract film and TV business to the state.Read more...
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A blue sky sprawls between ridges frosted in deep evergreen, framing Alder Gulch much as when Native American tribes traversed this landscape 800 years ago. The town of Virginia City sprang up virtually overnight in the summer of 1863; within one year, it was the largest city in the Inland Northwest, with an estimated 10,000 residents. These days, few people continue seeking gold in Alder Gulch. But for filmmakers seeking ready-made Old West locations, the towns of Virginia City and Nevada City offer one more chance to strike it rich.
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