C-stands are undoubtedly one of the most important tools for a setting up (big) lights and other heavy equipment. But while using a C-stand may seem trivial, if not done in the right way it’s just begging for a broken rib/light/head or possibly all three.
The combination of “heavy” with “high” does require some know-how to avoid an accident. And the team at RocketJump Film School share the three critical tips to avoid a stand falling on your head.
Here is a quick TD;LR for you:
- Always keep the big leg under the weight, this is the leg that provides the most support. (See Center of gravity for why)
- Always sandbag the big leg. This is the highest leg and it keeps the sandbag off the floor. You want the full weight of the bag on the stand.
- Always keep the knuckles on the right side. Putting the stand in this orientation ensures that the weight self-tightens the arm. If put on the left, the weight of the arm alone will loosen the arm and could make it fall. There is a great moment that the arm creates.