Making of “C clamp sculpture”

Over the last ten days or so I have finally had time to put together some snipets of footage that are captured on my Canon 7d using the Sachtler FSB8 fluid head, Shoot35 CINEfocus mounted on their DSLRmount and rods amd a few seconds of footage using the Kessler CINEslider.

I picked a “subject” that I could easily set up and reposition so I could concentrate my efforts on getting long focus pulls, quick slides and smooth pans. The three C clamps clamped together made a willing subject and had no shyness for its purpose. 🙂

Here is the link to Vimeo to see the piece. I welcome comments and observations and am happy to answer questions on how the equipment was used. For your convenience, I am including, here, the production notes from the end of the film so you can more easily read them.

The focus (pun intended) of this short is to acquire, edit and display FF/pan/slider footage that relies on the the Shoot35 CINEfocus (V1), Sachtler FSB8 fluid head and Kessler CINEslider.

All the scenes, in one form or another, are designed to demonstrate pulling focus, pans or slider moves. Since I have only used this equipment a few times (just acquired) and have not done any kind of video work for over 25 years, I thought this might help folks who, like me, are trying to understand the subtle operations of this type of equipment – and to see that it needn’t be intimidating to use.

I am not trying to convey that this piece demonstrates my technical acumen. On the contrary, it is full of weaknesses. But it left me with the hope that, with practice, I might get skilled enough to deliver solid, consistent results that will contribute to a decent production at some point in the future.

I am inviting constructive observations and will be happy to answer any questions about the equipment. Please feel free to contact me.

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