photo credit: jsgrites
I was terribly nervous the first time I secured a camera to a jib and watched it swing into the air. All sorts of thoughts raced through my head: were the bolts tight enough? Were they the right bolts? What if the safety line fails? How much does the camera cost if it plummets to the ground?
In that first moment, as the jib operator gleefully swung the camera to the jib’s maximum height over the side of the roof we were standing on, I thought of everything that could go wrong.
But I took solace in the fact that I had double-checked everything. I left nothing to chance.
I made no assumptions. The bolts were tight and the line was secure. Assumptions are how mistakes happen. Some compromise safety, while others compromise your efficiency.
When rigging a camera to a jib, a crane, or even a Steadicam, you don’t want to leave anything to chance by making false assumptions. So, to stay safe and keep your job, avoid making these 7 stupid assumptions that could lead to your demise, the camera’s demise, or put the crew in danger.