I made a linear slider and mounted a tripod head onto the slider block. I have used it on several shoots, today I wanted to get some test footage with the new set up. I went down to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery to get some footage of the flowers on the grounds, unfortunately not all the flowers have been planted.
The slider is made of solid aluminum with two steel rods that the block slides on. The block has 3 sealed self lubrication rollers for a smooth ride. The total length is 1000mm or just under 40". It works great for tight locations. The slider has a 3/8th threaded center hole that I attached the tripod plate to, that gets attached to the tripod itself. I placed an additional tripod head to the block that slides, giving me panning and tilting ability for the camera as well as for the slider.
Each year the Red Cross honors individuals who in some way have exemplified the values of the Red Cross.
This year one of the Heroes Awards goes to Chief Warrant Officer William Grinley, he was nominated for the Military Award. During his tour in Iraq, Bill noticed that certain military vehicles were prone to rollovers when they were by an explosive device. Soldiers were often trapped inside. Freeing them before the vehicle caught fire or were hit again was crucial to their survival. Often soldiers and marines were the butts of their M16's to free the door from its hinge.
Bill designed an extraction system that could quickly and easily be used on the vehicles to rescue the trapped soldiers. All armored security vehicles have undergone the modifications Bill designed and the extraction device is saving lives.
Bill received the Bronze Star Medal for "exceptionally meritorious service".