February 2, 2017 at 10:30AM, Edited February 2, 10:35AM


how to use a jib crane into indoor space?

I wish to learn how move the camera around the filmic scene using a jib, using it indoor and outdoor. I'm not interested about using it only for establishing shots (or at all because I dislike them a little bit).
I wish to ask you if you can suggest me some movies that I could watch to get inspired looking for jib crane techniques (expecially examples in indoor space if possible).
any kind of advice is welcome.

In my imagiation I could use it indoor, mounting a video head on the top of the jib, filming the actors and then, if for example the actor need to walk a little bit, I could follow him/her with the jib arm, having a connection between the first and the second place.
I do not know, I'm open to every kind of example because I really have not experience with this instrument.

I'll be very grateful for your reply.


Are you looking to use a jib or a crane? I don't use either unless I must, because they are huge, take time to assemble and if you don't work with them consistently, the results are usually pretty terrible. They aren't generally good for connecting one indoor space to another because doorways restrict their movement and the arms travel in an arc. Following action is more of a job for dollies.

If I can remember/still have it, I'll upload a video I made a few years ago of a crane assembly/training session that was shot in a mall.

February 3, 2017 at 4:27AM


I've used jibs indoors, and they are (as Stephen says) a bit of a pain. If you want to follow actors indoors, I suggest a dolly, Steadicam-style stabilizer, or motorized-gimbal stablizer (depending on the effect you want and the location itself). All those take up less space in use, and are more easily reset for different shots.

February 4, 2017 at 3:23PM

Minor Mogul

Hahah, I found it! A REAL crane for film production in action. Also shown towards the beginning is a Fearless pneumatic dolly for use without a track. Both of those pieces were from back when people shot on 35mm Mitchell BNCRs. It's an old one but good and as large as it is, we don't even show the extension that doubles its height. Watch till the end to see it doing real work.


February 4, 2017 at 4:30PM, Edited February 4, 4:52PM


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