Filming from above

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We are going to have a go at making some puppet making tutorials and want to be able to do close up filming directly from above. So today I made a video camera stand to make this possible.
You can see the design sketch at the top of this post.
It was fairly simple to make. I used plained pine lengths that are 40mm by 18mm wide and cut some simple joints with a jigsaw on the back corners of the top frame.

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I then glued them together with good PVA before screwing through the joints and into the legs (I decided not to use hinges)

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The front legs I screwed directly into place and then put the frame into place on my drawing table to work out exactly where to attach the camera into place.
The camera slides into place on the plastic base from my tripod,  which is great because I need to be able to transfer easily between the two stands. I just cut some peices of pine wih angled edges and then glued and screwed these into place, making sure the plastic base was held snuggly in place on the vertical beam.

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I put a hook in the top so I can hang the frame from the roof, when it’s not in use, as I don’t have a great deal of space.

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But in place, it look like this;

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The horizontal bar that is attached to the vertical one that holds the camera ,has got joins on the end, but these are not repeated where it meets the rest of the frame, in case it needs adjusting as we start to experiment. For the same reason it is not glued but just screwed in place.
Making it was fun, but I’m even more excited about starting to film!

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