Kessler used to call themselves “Kessler Crane”, but when they really became famous for their very well-made and popular range of sliders – so they dropped the “Crane” from their name at some point, and rightfully so.
If there is one tool that adds a lot of production value without a lot of effort, it’s without a doubt a slider. I bring my Kessler CineSlider (3 foot) to almost every shoot (here’s my original CineSlider review video “Awakening” shot almost 3 years ago). I have shot countless establishing shots of documentary scenes, entire corporate films and interviews with it, and clients love the look. If it’s not motivated by the story it at least adds perspective to otherwise dull shots – and that’s something you have to deal with in corporate environments day in and day out.
Back in May we brought to light Kessler’s revolutionary invention of the Parallax, a device that enables the user to add consistent dynamic motion to your camera tracks. Now, the Parallax is available for pre-order.
My slider comes with me on every shoot; there’s rarely a job that I don’t use it. More often that not I use it in a way that I call a dynamic pan (and what Tom Guilmette calls in the above video a ‘back pan’) – This is simply adding a tripod pan as you slide so that the camera appears to wrap around your subject. This is particularly effective for close range subjects, as it draws attention into your centre frame.
It’s tricky to pull this off first time; getting the perfect mix of a smooth slide and smooth pan usually consists of a few takes. The parallax changes all that, it gives you consistent dynamic pans whilst you simply focus of the slide. What’s more if you are using a motorized system, your entire move is automated.
As the above video very clearly presents, the Parallax is a simple mechanical device that works in addition to your current Kessler slider. We’ve seen products in the past before attempting the same results, but nothing is quite as simple and apparently effective as this.
I can’t wait to get hold of this product; it’s currently available for pre-order for the 3ft Cineslider at $599.95. The Parallax will become available for all current Kessler sliders and lengths, for piece of mind that includes traveler and standard length Pocket Dolly v2.0 BASIC, Pocket Dolly v2.0, Stealth & Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly as well as the traveler, 3′ & 5′ CineSlider.