Late last year Canon Australia started a photography competition, the Canon Light Awards. They challenged photographers to come up with creative ideas, each month inspired by other photographer’s examples. The promo video itself (see above) is a very creative approach at interviewing a photographer and looking at the story “behind the image”. We don’t do many stories on creative filmmaking at cinema5D, but this promo caught my eye as it shows in a beautiful way what motion can do for a shot in terms of storytelling. Filmmaker Christopher Ireland from The Pool Collective directed three promo’s for Canon that add the depth of the photographer’s perspective to their images through an intriguing 360 degree setup. But it wasn’t the creative 360 degree approach that makes these videos work stand it out, it’s the fact that this movement tells a story. Videographers are increasingly using sliders and drones to add motion to shots or even interviews. At cinema5D we have lost track over the many many devices that have bombarded the market in recent years. The latest technology in filmmaking seems to be all about “motion”, but rarely these tools are used to actually add depth to a story, they are in most cases just an “effect”. Back in film school we learned that simply adding an “effect” such as tracking or dollying shots is actually very “uneffective” if they don’t also tell story. However if a technique is used in a purposeful way it can add strong depth and embed a message into your shots. This added dimension in filmmaking is increasingly lost and forgotten. The Canon Light Awards videos are a nice example of using motion to tell a story. It’s the “look behind the image” in the form of a video sequence. Check out the behind the scenes video that was published today. Who can spot the camera the videos were shot on? What do you think about adding “motion” to your shots as an effect vs. telling a story? Let us know your perspective in the comments. via cinescopophilia.comRead more
A few months ago, at NAB 2014 we’ve been reporting about one of the brushless gimbal stabilisation systems we currently find most intriguing, the Letus Helix. Hien Le, CEO of Letus gave us a complete rundown of all the features and advantages of the newest version of the Letus Helix. One of the things most interesting about this brushless gimbal stabilisation system is that it is very light and easy to hold and can be easily operated by a single person. Hien mentions all the other benefits in detail in the video above. Apparently the Letus Helix is currently on back-order, so if you place an order now you will most likely have to wait a while before it is delivered. The basic Letus Helix 3-Axis stabiliser is $4000 and can be ordered on the Letus Website.Read more
As expected we’re seeing numerous camera stabilization systems here at NAB that look very much like the Freefly Mōvi and only a few come close to the functionality of the original. But gear manufacturer Letus has something very special to show off. Their brushless gimbal system gives us a fresh look at camera stabilization.Read 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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