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Ryan Connolly and Olivia Speranza talk to No Film School about the My Rode Reel ContestRøde’s latest promotional effort brings together top companies from every corner of the film industry to offer $70,000 in prizes to encourage filmmakers to get creative. By submitting a short film of up to 5 minutes in length with a supplemental behind-the-scenes video showing the use of a Røde microphone you can win cameras, gear and software from Adobe, Blackmagic, Miller, Kessler, and many others. No Film School’s Joe Marine caught up with Ryan Connolly and Olivia Speranza at NAB to talk about how it works, why they are excited to be involved and important deadlines for the contest. Watch the video after the jump and learn everything you need to know. More »

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No Film School's Ryan Koo interviews Eric Kessler at NAB 2014Eric Kessler is becoming a household name for quality camera motion products targeted for productions of all sizes, and this year the company is unveiling the budget-friendly UniDrive that comes in a 1-axis or 3-axis configuration. Also new this year is the advanced Kessler kOS iPad app for controlling the bigger, more expensive CineDrive system, as well as other improvements and add-ons. Click through to watch Ryan Koo’s interview with Kessler Crane on the floor at NAB in Las Vegas. More »

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Stillmotion Photograph StorytellingChances are that if you’ve ever tried to incorporate still photography into your filmmaking, you’ve most likely used what has become known as the “Ken Burns Effect” wherein you keyframe various properties of the photograph in order to make it appear as if the camera is panning and zooming with the photo. While this is certainly a helpful tool when using photographs in your film, it’s not particularly exciting in a visual sense, and it’s been done so much that the technique itself is somewhat trite. Because of this, using large amounts of photos in a film presents a bit of a creative challenge, a challenge that our friends at Stillmotion encountered and tackled head-on for their recent feature documentary, #standwithme. How’d they do it? Stick with us to find out. More »

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Kessler ParallaxWhile one person will never replace a crew of people, plenty of gear is making it easier to get great looking shots on your own. Kessler has been at the forefront of this change, and they are now introducing a piece of gear that will make it easier to do repeatable slider movements while panning at the same time — without any additional motors. Click through to check out the introduction video for the Kessler Parallax auto-panning device: More »

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Products, products products! Here’s the latest from Eric Kessler at Kessler Crane, plus watch the CineDrive Quick Start video, brought to you by our NAB 2013 partners FreshDV: More »

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A few months ago, Kessler teased what they were calling the Pocket Jib Traveler. While we only got a few details, a few things were clear: it was going to be small, and it was going to be light. Now, we’ve got the full description and details on the jib as it nears release, including an introduction video that gives a rundown of the features as well as complete assembly information. Check out the video below. More »

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One of the biggest problems with jibs is that they can be cumbersome to carry with you and pack away. We’ve seen different solutions for this problem, one recent product that dealt with this was the Aviator Travel Jib (which was actually a successful Kickstarter project). Now Kessler, who is best known for their slider products — but has been producing some other interesting gear in the last few years — is teasing a brand new jib that should be great for transporting while still giving you fantastic moving shots. Click through to check out the teaser video for the new Kessler Pocket Jib Traveler. More »

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We haven’t ventured all that much into freezing temperatures on this blog, but not too long ago Ryan took his SCARLET into subzero weather, and managed to get some great behind the scenes footage on a short film. Tom Guilmette, who is well-known for his Phantom Flex Vegas Hotel Room video, is shooting a project atop Mount Washington in New Hampshire, and braving the elements with the observers, engineers, and climatologists on the summit. He’s come up with a pretty ingenious way to keep his DSLR from freezing as it takes timelapse photos overnight. Click through to check out the video. More »

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If you’ve ever wondered how moving timelapse, complicated visual effects, and stop motion animation are executed, more often than not the filmmakers are using a motion control system of some kind. Usually these systems have been prohibitively expensive at the higher-end, but we’re now starting to get more affordable options that are just as fully featured. Kessler, who is well-known for their sliders, has now moved up to a fully electronic motion control head called the CineDrive. Check out the walk-through video below. More »