Just put together a rather heath robinson camera dolly to do some tracking shots in a effort to give my short stop motion film a bit more 'movement'. Constructed from 00 gauge train track and some old carriage chassis screwed to a piece of MDF. Did a rather hurried test this afternoon and it works a treat. No curved corners with my track. but its a start. Anyone else built anything similar?
Here's the shot.
Nicely done! How did you keep it from rolling around randomly, and how did you measure incremental movement?
What are sleepers? When you mention a sleeper in relation to a train I think about a pullman car. Does it refer to the 'railroad ties' in the track? Any chance you could post a pic demonstrating this?
If you'd put a Manfrotto 410 jr geared tripod head on that platform you'd have a serious pice of equipment there (not that it isn't already).
Oh! I just looked at the pic again, and it's already clearly shown there - I just didn't understand what that was. Nice!! I guess by counting railroad ties (sleepers?) you can control ease-in/ease-out and speed of tracking.