Vincent Laforet – the DP who was at the front of the wave that became DSLR filmmaking – teased us a few days ago with the following:
Nearly five years ago I posted a blog post titled “Something Very Interesting is coming to this blog…and to our industry” – and that was the post that was the precursor to my launch of “Reverie” the first video every shot by the Canon 5D MKII. And we all know what happened next with the explosion of the Canon 5D MKII and how that affected our market.
From the moment I laid my eyes on the Canon 5D MKII I knew there was incredible potential almost immediately. I often say that “the bulb didn’t just go off over my head it exploded.”
I feel the same way about the device that I shot with a few weeks ago
Well, the “game changer” is here. It’s the MōVI – a camera stabilization system that’s a super-compact, digitally stabilized camera gimbal for handheld use.
From the Freefly Systems product page:
Introducing a handheld 3-axis digital stabilized camera gimbal, so advanced, it redefines the possibilities for camera movement. The heart of the gimbal is Freefly’s proprietary high performance IMU and brushless direct drive system. The gimbal is 100% custom designed in-house by our engineering team. No compromises were made to accommodate off-the-shelf brushless motors, motor drives or IMUs. Creating the gimbal from scratch allowed Freefly to precisely execute our vision for the next generation of stabilized camera gimbals. In creating this camera gimbal, we aim to empower a new era of stabilized cinematography. Freefly MōVI – “The New Moving Picture.”
And from Laforet’s blog:
Some of you may not exactly get what this device does at first, why you might need it, or how you would use it. That is until you get your hands on it – and then your way of thinking about camera movement and general camera support will change.
I’m…honestly not sure how to react. Maybe because I’m not a DP, my mind is not the right one to be blown by this. But I’ve used the simpler Steadicam (and similar) rigs before – and while they do indeed give you that “wow” factor during operation, the ability to achieve stabilized/gimbaled (is that a word?) shots is not something I’d consider game-changing for storytellers on a budget. And at a price of “under $7,500” for the lowest model…that’s still a lot of money.
But we’ll see. I’ll do my best to demo it next week during my limited time at NAB – maybe I’ll come out reborn as an Oscar-winning DP. Until then: indies, please first worry about getting good audio. Only then should you worry about smooth sexy shots.
And go over to Laforet’s blog to watch the footage – really, no one can argue that it doesn’t look hot.