Today on the Youtube education channel, we talk about our favourite lenses and how we use them. Lenses are probably the best and most important investment any cinematographer can make. While its simplest role is to focus the light from a scene onto the camera sensor, a good lens will significantly reduce flare and internal reflections, minimize distortion and chromatic aberration, all while boosting colour and contrast. Best of all? While your camera body may only last 2–3 years, good glass barely depreciates and, if cared for properly, there’s no reason why a lens shouldn’t last for 20 years or more. continue reading
The Mōvi M5 from Freefly Systems might very well be the best filmmaking tool in our entire arsenal. Used properly, it functions as a steadycam, a dolly, a shoulder-mounted rig, and/or crane in one portable, motor-driven package. Pair that with a Canon EOS C100 with Dual Pixel Auto-Focus and your creative possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
Time and time again, we have come to the conclusion that there is no better gear combination for wedding, documentary, or commercial projects.
3 years ago, we made a tutorial as soon as the Mōvi M5 had dropped. Back then, gymbals were a fairly new concept and, in that video, we talked about mounting a C100 on an M5. Fast-forward to today, this is still our go-to rig and we’ve learned a lot of different ways to use it, putting together a rig configuration that allows us to shoot quickly and efficiently. Our inboxes are constantly flooded with questions about our setup, processes, thoughts, and how our storytelling has evolved with this tool. So today, we’re happy to share: The Ultimate guide to Flying a C100 on a Mōvi M5. continue reading
UPDATE: As insightful as this post and video are, they are 3-years old and were made within a week of us getting our hands on the Movi M5. Since then, our setup and techniques have evolved and we have made a follow-up post which covers everything you need to know about flying a C100 on a Movi M5.
Like a lot of filmmakers out there, when we first saw Vincent Laforet’s behind-the-scenes video showcasing Freefly System’s Movi M10, we were very excited. A tool that uses motors to stabilize a camera on a 3-axis gimbal? Yep, that’s pretty cool, but what really made it revolutionary was it’s design. You didn’t need a vest to operate it, and it wasn’t cumbersome, or long, or wide. It was actually a pretty small setup, and when we saw the operators pass the rig through hula-hoops, dip it close to the ground, and hop on roller blades in one take, we all knew the game had been changed. continue reading