Today was my first day of filming with my custom shoulder rig. And to sum it up in a word: sweet. The rig is light, easily shifts aside so I can have off-camera conversations, and rock-steady when I need it to be.
One limitation is that everything starts to look like it’s shot at eye level because, well, it is. But I discovered a workaround for that today: wear knee pads. Seriously. With knee pads on, I can drop lightly to one knee while shooting, and put the camera at the same level as I’d be if I were hand-holding the camera football style. Touchdown!