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Nuts and Bolts Filmmaking by Dan Rahmel

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Camera Hi-hat

Applications

While a beanbag is excellent for very low mounts, it’s not secure enough when a high camera position is required. Raising a tripod can be difficult and cumbersome, and since most high shots are only brief walk-ins or other snippets, creating a raised tripod platform is usually overkill. However, going hand-held has its own disadvantages including possible shake, inability to lock down a position (for blue screen or camera matching), and general camera safety. The hi-hat mount (see figure 8-1) solves all these problems.

FIGURE 8.1 Completed hi-hat mount.

The hi-hat is essentially a flat board with a camera mount on it ...

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