Thursday, November 13, 2008

new utility cart

As promised.  Here are some pictures of the new utility cart built by Brett Grant-Grierson.  He used square tube steel on this version.  Very sturdy and lighter than aluminum.






Already had it out on a few days of work and it's a great addition to the kit.  Not missing the old cart, fondly known as "the bus".

~pwp


9 comments:

Rebelzach said...

Thats great. Did you build the frame yourself? Also I'm wondering if you could share some ways that you mount lavs on the talent. I'm a student and it seems to be something of a mystery to me.

Phillip W. Palmer said...

The entire cart was built by Brett Grant-Grierson. We traded ideas on the design and he did all the work. Really great job too. I'm pretty sure he is building a similar version for a friend of mine as well.

Regarding lav mounting: it's an art into itself. We have a bunch of different approaches depending on the actor, clothing, interior/exterior, etc. The general rule is to make the mic as "open" as possible, meaning least amount of clothing obstruction, without making it visible to camera. I use Sanken COS11 mics almost exclusively, so there are a few tricks. We use a lot of Transpore Tape made by 3M. It's surgical tape, sticks well to clothing and skin. Combinations of the Transpore, Moleskin, and Topstick (toupee tape) are used to fasten the mics. It's a whole lot of trial and error to find out what works.

Hope that helps.

~pwp

John E. Walker said...

Great blog! Hey, I just started using snot tape this summer. Grips use it to attach gels to frames. The official name is ATG (Adhesive Transfer Tape). It's stretchy clear stuff that sticks very well to fabrics, but can also be tricky to remove from the mike head. Sure beats folding footballs out of gaff tape, though!

Reza said...

Thats a great looking cart. Are they available to make something similar for me?

Phillip W. Palmer said...

Brent Grant-Grierson has built my main and utility carts. As well as some other things for me. His website is www.ears4hire.com .

He's an LA area mixer, but has built carts for folks all over.

Good luck,
pwp

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jack said...

Thats great. Did you build the frame yourself? Also I'm wondering if you could share some

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