I’m doing very well – I am in LA for a while to see what I can see here.
Here is my testimonial:
I constantly use my slider from Richard. I bought it when working for NBC in Rockefeller Plaza in NYC and I needed something that I could use to increase the production value on a series of Pepsi commercials I was shooting for them all over the country. It was small enough and lightweight so I could put it in my tripod case and fly anywhere. Setup was easy enough that, even when working under heavy time constraints, I found it more efficient to use than a dolly, jib or any other piece of camera support in my arsenal. The ride is smooth and adjustable and I can use the slider with a single tripod and my 5Dmk2 or dual tripods for heavier loads. Richard was even kind enough to custom-machine an adaptor plate for the carriage so I can use virtually any head. I am also able to do smooth tracking shots in tight spaces like a small New York spa or even the cramped employee kitchen at NBC! I can’t count the number of jobs I’ve gotten in fashion, film and TV simply because I was able to arrive on set and be ready to shoot a high-quality tracking movement in under ten minutes. I use it for everyday pick-up shoots or with larger crews and budgets. The single rail system means less weight on my back (important for a New York shooter!) and less complications with setup without sacrificing any ability to execute smooth, precise tracking shots. I would recommend it to any shooter – small or large scale – for ease of use and consistency in application.
New York City/Los Angeles
My name is Tomas Tomasson and I am a Director of Photography. I have shot over 200 commercials, 20 music videos, 2 feature films, over 10 short movies and more than 400 shooting days of a TV show called Lazytown. You can see some of my work on my website http://www.tomastomasson.com
Last year I had these two projects where I knew that I needed to shoot fast. One project was shot with Thomson Viper camera and the other one with Canon 1D MK4. I wanted to be able to move the camera, but the shooting plan was so tight I would not be able to put down tracks in a conventional way. I knew that my friend and a colleague from the Lazytown shoot, Richard Welnowski, was developing a rig that was light, strong and easy to put up. He sent the prototype to me, which he calls PuppyRail, and I used it on both of these projects. Because of it, I was able to have motion on the camera in almost every shot that I wanted because putting up the PuppyRail rig took the same time as putting up a tripod! Now I don´t leave home with out it.
Director of Photography