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Monday, 16 June 2014 19:02

Moving with Polly

Written by  Thea Green
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Motion is about bringing life to each frame. Adding smooth and advanced camera motion to your film can immensely up the production value while adding a whole new dimension to keep your audience engaged.

On the backend, for anyone who’s worked on a skeleton crew knows that setting up a dolly for a few key shots can take up valuable shoot time and often requires an extra pair of hands or two. 

Matthews Studio Equipment recently introduced the Polly Dolly at this year’s Cine Gear Expo, which offers an easier way to capture those tracking shots with a swift set-up that can be done in a matter of minutes by one pair of hands. 

The Polly Dolly is ultra-compact with a high-grade steel flywheel, which makes it versatile enough to glide across all types of flat surfaces. Kinetic energy is built up between the flywheel and the disengageable gear for completely smooth and stable shots. The Polly’s flywheel also utilizes a scale precise enough to capture footage for stop motion sequences. The camera mounts on top of the Polly Dolly and includes a 3/8” adapter. 

The Polly Engine body begins at $2669 and offers a variety of add-ons to complete the package. The Polly Arm, which allows the user to position the camera within a range of approximately one meter and is rotatable in all directions, runs at $1524. For those that need to shoot on surfaces that aren’t naturally the most even, the Polly Surface at $799 is height adjustable and creates a smooth glide.

It seems like this could be an incredible alternative for smaller shoots using DSLRs that still want to grab a few tracking shots, but it also proves it can also create a smooth glide with larger camera bodies like the Alexa Plus. Whether you’re shooting large or small scale, the Polly Dolly shines in its compact, easy to use system with minimal set-up. 

For more information on the Polly Dolly, visit: www.pollysystem.com

Check out the video below to learn more about the Polly Dolly from Matthews Studio Equipment. 

 

Polly Dolly - The Portable Dolly System | Matthews Studio Equipment from Matthewsgrip on Vimeo.

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