I moved a bunch of gear to storage yesterday. Sometime in the past, a trailer was built onto the house. I use it for storage, and it’s inaccessible since there’s now a shelf, litter box, and recycling bins in front of the door. Better to start moving stuff to the storage unit. Farther away, but I’d rather drive than move stuff out of the way of a door!
Now, lest anyone tell you filmmaking is glamorous, let he tell you the gear is heavy! My hostess tray (used for mounting motion picture cameras to car doors, hence the name) must weigh 40 pounds. And a light kit. They call them ‘lights’, but they’re not! The good news I have this doorway dolly. The bad news is that it was the least accessible, and was basically the last thing I took out. Also, while the dolly and wheels fit through the doorway between the laundry room and the kitchen, the nuts on the wheels didn’t. :smack: And then there’s the skateboard dolly. I built mine from two layers of ¾" marine-grade plywood. It has the double trucks like the one in the photo, tie-down ring, aluminum H-bar handles, the holes for the handle are reenforced with aluminum plate, the exposed wood is painted with spar varnish, and the deck is painted with grey aircraft wing-walk compound. I’d match this puppy against a professionally-built one any day. But it’s heavy, and you can’t roll it without the tracks. In the end, I completely filled up the bed of the SO’s Tacoma pickup, topped off with one desiccated corpse. Without help. And then I had to unload it at the storage place.
But here’s the sweet part. I found a suitcase with 4" x 4" Tiffen filters:
#82C CT ½ Blue (‘Darkest outside’)
Soft contrast #2
I got them from the studio where I used to work from time to time. I didn’t have a matte box at the time. I do have a compendium for the Arri 16S, but it takes smaller filters, and it only fits with prime lenses. I do have a matte box now, and it does have a 4x4 non-rotating stage. (The rotating stages are 4" x 5.62".) In the past, the only filter I’ve ever needed was a #85B for using tungsten film outside. Now I’ve found I need a neutral density filter. I have an ND3 and an ND9 coming (Series 9, round), but the square one might come in handy. I might find a use for the #85C (corrects daylight to 3800K instead of 3400K like the #85B), and the pola might be useful even if I can’t rotate it. I reckon whoever put this filter kit together chose those filters for a reason. I’ll probably find a use for most of them.
And the thing that started this day of heavy lifting: I pulled my round #85B out of a kit so that I can use it with my new kit.