Kessler’s Chris Beller & Tom Guilmette – ON THE COUCH Ep. 18

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This is the first show we recorded at Cine Gear 2014, but it’s the last one we are posting because we tried to get rid of some audio issues we had on the show. Sorry for that, there is still some hiss on some of my comments, that was a frequency issue.

We sat down with director of photography Tom Guilmette and Chris Beller from Kessler to talk about current projects, new products and the importance of camera sizes in this day and age of film and video production.

Tom is a seasoned cameraman who spent years shooting sports in big stadiums with huge cameras, and like many of us continuously embraced the opportunities that new camera technology offered to him. He shares his experiences in a wealth of very elaborate blog posts on his blog


We talked about the importance of staying up-to-date with new technology in the camera field these days as the opportunities keep expanding constantly, and many feel buried under a multitude of options. Those who become complacent stay behind.

Chris Beller and Tom explained new Kessler products like the impressive Uni Drive, a simpler yet powerful motion control system for Kessler sliders that was introduced during NAB 2014 and which starts shipping right now.

We also talked about a recent commercial production which Tom made with a lot of Kessler gear, for the boating company Nightingale Charters – including very long jib arms on moving boats, which sounds hard to accomplish …

Tom Guilmette shooting commercials for Nightingale Charters using Kessler equipment.

Tom Guilmette shooting commercials for Nightingale Charters using Kessler equipment.

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