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Operators Charles Papert IMDb
Year 1999
Production Links Official Site IMDb
Director Alex Graves
DP Thomas Del Ruth
Company Warner Bros. Television/NBC
Length of Shot 1:08
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West Wing, The
Episode: (1:10) In Excelsis Deo
"Feliz Navidad", By Charles Papert

From season 1, "In Excelcis Deo". Roundy-rounds into a brisk hallway walk and talk. The second shot required sliding sideways through a doorway at high speed.


Operator's Commentary
As operator 2 of 7 on the first season of West Wing (!), shots of this length and complexity were a daily occurence. Hats off to Don Thorin Jr. and Chad Persons who both spent years flying up and down these hallowed halls!

The roundy-round at the beginning required very specific timing to get certain lines delivered on-camera--you can see Rob Lowe "helping" clear himself twice. Once off and running through the lobby, it's a dodging match of Xmas trees, 'xtras and, uh, xylophones (?) until we get into the relative peace of the final hallway.

On a number of occasions such as this one I had to fly the rig sideways through doorways; although the doors were built slightly oversized from standard, this still left just a few inches on either side of mattebox and mag. With the rig in front of me I would take my best shot and close my eyes as we passed the threshold, hoping we wouldn't clip off any expensive Panabits!

Equipment Used
Pro 1, Pro arm, vest
Panaflex LWII with Panatape, 24fps sync box, kitchen sink etc.onboard! Primos


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User Comments
So WERE any of the Panabits ever clipped? That note hits close to home as I just got off an HD shoot. Back to front: Miranda, Sony F-900, Pro35 Adapter, Cooke Primes (18, 25, 50), Matte Box, Eyebrows. Close to 4 feet in length. I scraped the set more than just a few times.
Submitted by: Afton on 9 Jan, 22
I love the Steadicam flying on the West Wing it's always of such exceptional quality.
Submitted by: IanM on 9 Jan, 22
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