Hi, I'm Dan.
Thanks for the recommendation - checking it out now - appreciate yah!
I dunno man, a shoulder rig is a pretty timeless kit item. Ever since the DSLR revolution, people have needed a way to actually carry these things around that doesn't suck.
Full disclosure - I am actually looking pretty hard at these because I can't stand my current shoulder rig stuff. But for something I only use on 20% of shoots, I'm not sure I can justify the 1.5k.
Just commenting to add - there's a very wide delta between A) a small crew and a handful of cast, shooting guerilla-style in a city park or some other relatively safe, unsecured / un-permitted location without a permit and B) the circumstances that led to the incredibly tragic death of Sarah Jones. It took a special kind of hubris to request permission to film on a live CSX track, and then when denied, shoot on the track anyways. On a bridge. With un-wieldy props / gear. With a damn door PA a couple hundred feet away to warn them via walkie or whatever. That's criminal incompetence and a complete disregard for human life.
I understand and agree with your larger point, that the mindset is an issue, and one that needs to be checked. But what the producers pulled on that shoot in 2014 was miles apart from your typical run-n-gun - "we couldn't get a permit for this parking garage for a music video shoot at 2am" - type of stunt we all pulled when we were teens.
+1 for workers comp, everyone should have it, it's pennies (if you can add it to an existing policy for your biz, the short-term one-off policies are crazy expensive though!) and it's the right thing to do for your crew, no matter how big or small the production.
A well written and thoughtful response that raises all the good points. Thank you Jeff.
Cool story bro.
I appreciate the featured image.