29
Aug
17

GF Primo Dolly

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Yesterday I was attempting to hide from work in our camera arch here at Pixipixel Hoxton, when I was distracted by an air of excitement amongst our camera technicians. They were all gathered round something that to me looked like a cross between a NASA Luna rover and one of the Wacky Races cars so I feigned interest and joined the crowd. I’m glad I did because I got introduced to our new GFM Primo Dolly and very nice it is too.

 

My initial assessment stands; the Primo Dolly would not look out of place on an interstellar mission or racing against Dick Dastardly but having witnessed its built in ejector seat perhaps Mr Bond would be a more suitable user.

 

I’ve had a bit of a play and done some research and the GFM Primo is one very nice dolly indeed. With all the features you would expect from a top of the line cinematic dolly and a few extra surprises like its ejector seat, let me tell you a little about it.

 

I will start with steering, the Primo has 3 steering modes, front or rear wheel steering or crab (this is where all 4 wheels turn for sideways movement or turning on the spot etc.) I love crab steering and got used to it on telehandlers in Australia, let’s just say it makes doing doughnuts in a 12 tone forklift easy. To facilitate all these methods of steering a telescopic and inclining steering rod is provided and can be used in four different positions depending on the application. A fifth steering position from the center of the dolly is also available.

You can of course fit the skateboard wheels and then it will run along tracks making steering a tad redundant.

 

Equipped with a multi function turnstile and adapters to allow for a wide range of seating and camera positioning, for example it can handle two cameras and to operators at the same time, or I am told 4 seats, this could be useful come lunch time.

 

Rather nicely our GFM jibs will attach easily to the Primo making a perfect combination for those complex shots.

 

The platform is a solid affair and able to support even the most rotund of crew and has more holes in it than a block of Swiss cheese, some of these are plain and some threaded to allow for numerous options for mounting various adaptors, light stands, monitor mounts and so on.

 

We have also purchased the optional multifunctional low platform that opens up a swage of options from varying the platform height or increasing the platform size to attaching scaffold tubes for almost unlimited rigging options.

 

But the really good bit has to be the ejector seat, the whole center column is electro mechanical and telescopic giving an adjustable height range from 70cm, (27”) to 140cm (54”) and that’s with the crew and kit riding on it. Ok so it’s not really an ejector seat but it can go from bottom to top in 2.5 seconds if required.

This movement can be limited with start stop positions programmed in and adjustable ramp speeds (how fast or slow it comes to a stop, necessary if you don’t want to spill your coffee) Also these movements can be saved and repeated for CGI applications and so on.

 

As the movement is electro mechanical it does require batteries but GFM have thought this through well too, with a simple plug and play battery solution, the batteries literally just hook onto the side of the column and are ready to go, you could swap them over in the blink of the eye.

 

One final and rather nice feature is the remote control. All the center column functions are controlled by a hand held remote control unit (this comes with a hard wired option too just in case)

 

I will stop there as the technical details are best explained by GFM or one of our technicians, so if you have any questions please give us a call.

 

I have to admit I’m exceedingly impressed with the Primo, its one amazing bit of kit and I know you are going to love using it. My Brucie coolness rating is off the scale on this one at least an eleven out of ten in my book. Now if I could just drive it to work it would be perfect….

 

 


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