Ready Rig GS is by far the best tool in its class because it perfectly mixes practicality and stabilization. The system completely eliminates the weight of the entire Movi package, giving operators freedom to capture dynamic shots otherwise impossible, while also allowing them to navigate the set without obstruction. Its because of this perfect blend that it is fast becoming the go-to gimbal support system of reputable cinematographers and operators in our industry.
Bonus – I really loved that me and assistants can make quick adjustments to the movi without having to dock, the GS completely supports the weight so both my hands are free.
We used the Ready Rig GS + ProArms with our MoVI M15 package on the pilot for the new series of 24 (24 Legacy). It was super physically challenging, tons of MoVI and handheld. And not only was the on screen action intense, the pace of production was equally demanding, I barely had a chance to dock the MoVI some days! The GS allowed me to work fast without ruining my back. And with a comfortable body I can focus all my energy on operating.
The extended arms are awesome. We did a lot of low to high moves, and the telescoping arms system helped me work out these shots very quickly. Another benefit of the extended arms, I could make the left side long and shorten the right side (or vice versa). This sets the operator’s body up for parallel or 45 degree movements much more efficiently. Finally, we had one particularly tall actor, and even though I’m 6’3, I really needed the extra height of the telescopic arms to be able to comfortably frame him at eye height.
All in all, I fell in love with the rig, it’s super comfortable. I even started using it as a support rig for handheld when shooting hip height handheld shots. I’d remove the left shoulder arm, and hang the camera solely from the right shoulder arm. I actually found this to me more comfortable than an Easy Rig which I was more used to.
I shot in neurosurgery with the RR for the first time and it was great despite the nurses’ jokes about my new “crazy contraption.” The rig allows me to move around the surgeon, reposition the camera quickly, and get very steady shots. Most importantly, I’m able to extend the camera to a high position and tilt down steeply getting the shooting angles I need. What surprised me most was how great my back felt after the shoot. No more long recovery times from lower back pain! The rig preformed exactly as I had hoped and it is well worth the investment.
The Ready Rig provides so much flexibility, range and freedom in the field, I can lock focus, look at the person I’m interviewing, and actually have an engaging conversation, which you typically cannot do without having the help of a crew. But, with the Ready Rig, I can adjust my lighting while I’m talking, I can experiment with different angles. All in all, it gave me much more confidence in being able to shoot all by myself.