September 18, 2014 at 9:40PM

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"Marius' Mules" -- how much gear do you have and how do you move it?

So, my camera and lenses take up a backpack.

But 5 light stands, 47inch slider, 2 tripods, 2 spreaders, a fluid drag head, 4 LEDs, 25 batteries, boom poll, and an audio case keeps my hands full.

I throw the poles into an army duffel bag, tie all kinds bags to it with the rubber cords, and then tie all of that to a handcart. Keeps the weight to the minimum, but looks like a refugee camp.

Now, I tried Pelican cases but as long as I stay an army-of-one and use the NYC subway for my deployment those just exceed my weight limit. It took me one shoot at the 6th floor of a walk-up to give up on the Pelican cases :)

Soooo... what do you do?

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I rent taxi mini-vans ( often only $10 more than a regular taxi ) and get them to take out the back-seat if I plan things in advance. I also hire a production assistant who doesn`t necessarily have to know anything about video production, but as long as they are fit, courteous, and know how to fade into the background when necessary. (I don`t need an unwanted opinion at the table when dealing with my client)

I still do the one-man-army thing from time to time, but I limit myself to a hand-cart and one tripod bag, so everything has to fit into this space.

September 23, 2014 at 8:38PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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