Watch previous episodes of ON THE COUCH & ON THE GO by clicking here! Visit our Vimeo and YouTube playlists, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! Glidecam vs Gimbal In episode 24 of ON THE COUCH, I talked to Frank Mirbach, CEO of German production company Mineworks Film, Lawrence Richards, a director of photography from Germany, and David Stevens, CEO of Glidecam Industries, Inc. (thanks to AF Marcotec for hooking us up with David!!). Frank talks about how he was among the first ones to order the RED One when it was announced, after watching a clip at IBC 2007 – and then having to wait for 1.5 years until the body arrived. That’s when his love affair with RED started, and he has shot and produced numerous documentaries for TV channels as well as the feature film “Real Buddy” on the RED platform since then. Lawrence Richards studied directing in film school, ending up mostly shooting as a director of photography. He shoots a lot of TV stuff on C300 and other Canon cameras, producing a lot of corporate films and documentaries. He’s very proud of a charity production he recently worked on which led him around the world, supporting children in need. David Stevens is the CEO of Glidecam Industries and talks about the very first Glidecam that was made – out of wood. He talks about how they got the company started and how rudimentary everything around cameras was not so long ago – mostly for large camera rigs, because the small cameras weren’t any good at the time. Glidecam got started and became successful because unlike Steadicam, they had smaller, more inexpensive rigs earlier on, and they didn’t require as much training, according to David. David mentions Devin Graham from the ultra-successful YouTube channel “Devin Supertramp”, who uses Glidecam products to shoot many of his videos. In the time when the mechanical stabilizer market has slowed down because of gimbals like the MoVi and Ronin, Glidecam still offers 7 different handheld rigs. David Stevens talks about the massive trend of gimbals and how it affects his business. Garrett Brown said that the high to low mode change is the only thing that can’t be done with the mechanical rigs like Steadicam or Glidecam rig. He also said they are not going into this market, because their stuff is much easier to maintain and support on a global scale. Also, he said their market wasn’t affected at all. Then we moved on to talking about drones and multicopters and the legal implications of flying around with cameras. At the end, we moved on to the inception of the digital cinema revolution with RED and Canon turning the market upside down – whether planned or not. In the next episode we will talk about camera shapes and ergonomics, as well as 4K and the importance of impressing your clients. Please visit our sponsors’ websites to keep new episodes of ON THE COUCH coming! Thanks to G-Technology, Røde Microphones, Movidiam, FilmConvert & F&V.Read more
Watch previous episodes of ON THE COUCH & ON THE GO by clicking here! Visit our Vimeo and YouTube playlists, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! In the 23rd episode of ON THE COUCH, I was lucky enough to sit with fellow bloggers and shooters Dan Chung, Clinton Harn from newsshooter.com and Emmanuel Pampuri from pampuri.net.Read more
by Jared Abrams | 2nd March 2011
Here is a killer BTS video of Vinny Minton rocking a Canon 5D on a Glidecam 2000 rig. He is a pro, so please don’t try this at home. It’s cool to hear that the Canon 5D cut seamlessly with the Arri Alexa footage. Here is a rip from the post. The scene – I was there to track a girl skateboarding around a skate park. The when she finishes her run she gives her brother (who is in a wheel chair) a stroll up and down the ramps, when she suddenly lets go of the wheelchair and she ends up collapsing. For the most part I shot everything with the glidecam 2000hd and a 16-35mm and used the cinevate core for some low angles of just the skateboard and feet. The advantage of shooting this particular scene with the 5d mark II is that it’s pretty much impossible to do it with their Arri film cameras they were using. The lightweight and size of the 5d allows mounting and flying the camera pretty much anywhere, although I was told that a few crewmembers had doubt. They thought there was no way the footage was going to come out well, because I was skating fast up and down the ramps. They thought footage was going to have the jello effect, although when combined with the glidecam, it’s just an incredible combo and pretty much takes away that issue when done correctly… One thing I was really curious about was how the 5d would cut with their Arri cam but once I saw the episode I was amazed on how seamless the cameras cut together. Source: Planet5DRead more
by Jared Abrams | 5th June 2010
Team C5D caught up with Garrett Brown, the inventor of the Steadicam. Garrett really digs the HDSLR’s and other “Lens/Chip” cameras because of their small form factor. He discusses how this small size has enabled him to fulfill a thirty five year dream to shoot from the floor to the ceiling. He is now able to get that reach with the new Steadicam Tango. We got tons of great footage of gear and some cool interviews at Cine Gear Expo 2010. We are in edit mode and will have them up soon. Stay Tuned.Read more
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