Getting Steady with the Freefly ‘Movi’ Gimbal
As a fully certified equipmentloveaphobic (is that a word?) I try to keep the crew’s lusts for lovely cameras and sexy lenses in check by every 20 minutes shouting ‘Content is king!’, ‘Who cares what camera you used?’ and other such level-headed niceties.
However I do have a bit of a weakness for what is known in the trade as ‘Grip’ – devices to hold and move the camera in ways to add excitement and impact to a shot. One of the best bits we have is our Freefly ‘Movi’ gimbal. One man can easily ‘fly’ a small camera through a scene using a portable battery operated device that does not require all the expenses and hassle of a proper ‘Steadicam’ and produces results that are almost as good… and in some cases better. We have been all over the world with ours and although radio interference can make it slightly freak out it has mostly worked really well for us.
We rig it with Sony A7 series cameras and either an Odyssey 7Q+ recorder or a SmallHd 501 used as monitor. We made a little show reel of some of the shots this set up has got us, which you can watch by clicking here.
Steadicam work is a thing of beauty and required years of experience and an athletic operator. Gimbal work still requires vision to come up with a great shot plus some level of skill to operate, but it makes lovely floaty shots that immerse the viewer in the production, especially when coupled with a wide lens.
If you are looking for something engaging,. Dramatic and different for you corporate film, e-mail us now and ask about our gimbal services.