5 TOOLS FOR
Bob Sacha shares his picks.
;; ;;;;;;; ;;;;;;;;
SEMINAR: HOW TO PRODUCE AWARD;
DATE/ TIME: THURSDAY, OC TOBER 26,
• A video monopod with feet.
”It’s steady, ready and versatile
and so much better than that
shaky hand-holding you think
looks cool but just makes
people dizzy,” Sacha says. “I use
the Manfrotto MVM450A, but
I’ve seen some cool ones made
by Benro too.”
• A 24-105mm zoom lens.
“Yes, zoom in [by moving] your feet, but the range of this lens allows me to get
an amazing variety of shots while I’m zooming with my feet (and monopod),”
• A wireless microphone kit.
“I use the Sennheiser EW 112. The new RodeLInk Wireless Filmmaker kit is
cheaper and works well too, though it’s bigger and bulkier,” Sacha notes.
• Headphones with ear coverage.
“No one watching your video will know or care what you look like, and
wearing headphones is the best way to guarantee good sound. I’ve had my
SONY MDR-7506 [pair] forever.”
• Extra batteries.
“Lots of extra batteries,” Sacha emphasizes. “Video burns through the power,
and some of the best footage often comes at the end of the day.”
Director, producer, cinematographer and
teacher Bob Sacha knows the filmmaking
process inside and out. Specializing in visual
journalism, Sacha has won numerous honors
for his work, including a Pulitzer Prize for
Public Service, awarded to a team project for
which he shot video for The Guardian US.
We asked him to share his top tools for
crafting award-winning motion pictures. ►
If you’re looking to shoot motion, you
can’t neglect the motion of the camera
itself. Well-considered camera moves
can inject drama into even the most
sedate scenes. Here’s some tips to help
you hone your technique. ►
• Land the shot: If you’re combining footage shot on a tripod and
footage on a gimbal, you need to have enough clips so that the
camera movements recorded on the gimbal seamlessly merge with the
more static shots on the tripod. You can create moves on your tripod
(such as pans or tilts), which can serve as cutting points for the gimbal
footage. When using a gimbal, you should look for chances to “land the
shot” (stop moving) so that the camera isn’t constantly in motion.
• Watch out for vertical movement:
Most gimbals, particularly
lightweight handheld models, can
stabilize across three axes (pan,
tilt, roll). What they can’t cope with
is vertical movement—the kind
produced by walking camera
operators. If you can’t avoid
walking with the camera, keep it as
close to your body as possible and
step in a gentle, rolling motion from
heel to toe.
• Turn o; image stabilization:
If you’re using a gimbal or a
tripod, it’s best to turn o; image
stabilization in your lens or camera
body. This way, the camera’s
stabilization system isn’t competing
with the gimbal’s (which can
produce jitters in your footage).
Give your motion that cinematic
sweep. • ;; ;;;; ;;;;;;;;
Sirui A-1005 This aluminum tripod can be used as a monopod
by detaching a leg and using the removable center column. Its
Y-series ball head has a bubble level and dual locking knobs to
keep your camera in place.
$140 / sirui.com
iKan DS2-A This new gimbal can handle
cameras under 4 pounds and supports
360-degree pans. The 3-axis gyro stabilizer has
an Auto-Sweep mode that lets you program a
60-second camera movement routine.
$750 / ikancorp.com
Looking for smooth new video gear at the show? Check these out.
BOOTHS: SIRUI ;#1155;; IKAN ;#1123;