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Bentley AdYou would think that an ad for Bentley, which makes some of the most expensive and luxurious cars on the planet, would pull out all the stops to make their product look absolutely perfect by using a camera that mirrored the opulence of its subject. But instead, the ad was shot on an everyday smartphone — an iPhone 5s to be exact, and the result was surprisingly gorgeous! Continue on to see what a beautiful 2014 Bentley Mulsanne looks like through the eye of a smartphone, as well as some behind the scenes footage that shows all of the added goodies these filmmakers used to make their images pop. More »

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Wild Combination - Dreamin' - MoVI RED EPIC 2Shooting in the freezing cold is never an easy task, especially when your gear wants to stop working at all the wrong moments. The team over at Wild Combination braved the elements — including New York City streets — armed with a MōVI and RED EPIC, to shoot the new music video for the Pillar Points song “Dreamin’.” Check out the video below, and read about their experience making the project. More »

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Having a two-camera set-up can have many great benefits. It can cut down on your production time/cost, streamline your work and make it more efficient, as well as provide much-needed continuity to the final product, which will ultimately raise your film’s production value. If you’re working with a skeleton crew, a multi-camera rig might be a good solution to having to hire more people, but be forewarned — there can be pitfalls to that set-up (e.g. Tommy Wiseau’s multi-camera/multi-format frankenrig that he used in The Room). Filmmaker Rubidium Wu puts this set-up to the test, mounting a Blackmagic Cinema Camera and a Canon 5D Mark III to a MōVI 10 gimbal stabilizer to see if he can cut down on costs, time, and even permit applications!

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Oliver Stone World Cup - No Film SchoolYeah we get it. At this point you’re probably sick of hearing about the MōVI, the newish gyro-stabilized camera gimbal from Freefly. Not only is the $15,000 MōVI M10 not the only game in town, but there are plenty of other affordable options we’ve talked about before – including Freefly’s own M5. While it’s not exactly affordable to everyone, for half the weight capacity, the M5 will be 1/3 the cost at $5,000. Current filmmakers in Hollywood are starting to explore what’s possible with these camera rigs. Oliver Stone recently directed a promo for the World Cup, and he and his DP Rodrigo Prieto tried to put the RED EPIC in places they’ve never put a cinema camera before. More »

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Chet Faker Flume Drop the GameEveryone has buzzed about the MōVI when it was announced at this year’s NAB, but now we’re starting to see what people are actually doing with it.  Two of Australia’s biggest artists, Chet Faker and Flume, combine their musical talents with the eery and electric dance moves of Brooklyn’s “street dance king” Storyboard to make a music video for their song “Drop the Game”. Hit the jump to see the video, behind the scenes and hear about its unique solution for mounting a RED Epic on the MōVI. More »

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Burton Snowboard MōVI 3-Axis Gimbal Camera StabilizerGyro-stabilized handheld camera gimbals have become all the rage since NAB, with at least a half-dozen companies introducing their own version of the MōVI stabilizer from Freefly (and more everyday jumping on the bandwagon). Not all of these devices are created equal. Even though some of the parts may be relatively inexpensive, that doesn’t mean it’s easy to make them work fluidly, as the programming is a huge part of the performance. Burton Snowboards recently made a one shot promo for an upcoming web series that shows you some of the amazing things that are possible with these devices — like the ability to smoothly hand the camera off to different operators. Check out the video below, including a behind the scenes look at the process: More »

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Timur CivanEverything in life has its purists. There are Mac purists and PC purists — vinyl purists and people who hate music (kidding.) In the filmmaking world, there are plenty of things to be a purist about, especially when it comes to cameras. (Canon and Nikon might as well be the Hatfields and McCoys.) But cameras, as well as almost every tool we use, have their advantages and disadvantages, and understanding which tools work best in certain situations is something that DP Timur Civan has learned to do. In a recent interview, Civan explains how making a decision on which camera to use depends less on prices or reviews, and more on the context of your material. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video More Gyro Camera Stabilizer Goodness: Update on DEFY & the New $4,000 Rotorview from Sweden - nofilmschoolAs we mentioned before, MōVI was just the beginning for gyro-stabilized camera rigs. They are going to come fast and furious (just like the movie) over the next few months and certainly the foreseeable future. We already shared a little but about the DEFY Gimbal, and now we’ve got an update about the device which should be shipping sooner rather than later. We’ve also got a video showing off a new contender, the $4,000 Rotorview 3-axis stabilizer from Sweden, which is already on sale. Check out the products and sample footage below. More »

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Freefly MoVI Gyro StabilizerThey are coming. Gyro-stabilized camera rigs, that is. Some of you are officially not impressed, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t about to be inundated with stabilizers. So what’s the big deal? Should you even care? The answer probably depends on the kind of work you do, but in the next 3-5 years, gyro camera stabilizers like Freefly’s MōVI are going to be as ubiquitous as sliders and jibs. Don’t think so? Read on for more and check out some exclusive footage from NAB 2013 using the MōVI. More »

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Perhaps the biggest story at NAB this year was Freefly Systems’ steadicam-esque gyro gimbal MōVI, which we’ve covered several times. The Vincent Laforet-directed debut film was DP’d by nofilmschool friend Timur Civan, and at NAB I had a chance to sit down with Timur briefly to chat about how they shot the debut video, how the Canon 1D C behaved, how the MōVI might affect the steadicam market, and what impact it might have on filmmaking in general. More »

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Are you feeling inundated with MōVI updates yet? I hope not, because we have more news about how this innovative handheld stabilizing system is taking the film community by storm. Just within the last couple of weeks, the MōVI went from day player to superstar: first being announced by Freefly, gaining over a million views on its YouTube and Vimeo videos, winning a bunch of awards at NAB, holding a contest to win 2 units, and now making its debut on network TV.  More »

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It has been an exciting couple of weeks for the team at Freefly with the unveiling of their gyro-stabilizer MōVI, overwhelming response to Laforet’s Vimeo gallery showcasing the stabilizer, and award wins at NAB this past week. It looks like things are only getting better — not just for Freefly, but for all of you who want to get your hands on your very own MōVI. It’s availability, pre-ordering details, product information, and updates on Freefly and Vincent Laforet’s Twitter contest have been released. More »

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Well, arguably the hottest announcement this year so far came in the form of the MoVi. Our guys on the floor at FreshDV get some hands on access, hit the jump for the video: More »

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Reading through the comments on our post about the innovative new camera stabilizer MōVi, I was reminded of something I saw recently at LACMA’s amazing Stanley Kubrick exhibit. It is a 1976 letter from producer Jan Harlan to Kubrick himself, in which Harlan talks about a new device he’d just discovered: the Steadicam. More »

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As we posted earlier this week, the handheld stabilizer that utilizes gyro stabilization and accelerometer technology, the MōVI, is getting all kinds of attention — rightfully so considering what it can do. Today, update on Vincent Laforet’s blog post about the MōVI announces that two TWO of these bad boys are being given away. All you need to do to be in the running to get one for free is follow both @freeflycinema and @vincentlaforet on Twitter. After receiving almost 1 million views on its videos in just a few days, Freefly Cinema’s MōVI is clearly an incredibly desired item. Laforet’s blog lays it out below. More »

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Speaking of gyro-stabilizers, it’s very rare that I look at a demo video of new gear with my jaw all the way on the floor, but after watching one for the new handheld stabilizing system called the MōVi, I simply couldn’t help myself. Designed by Freefly Systems, based in Seattle, the MōVi utilizes gyro stabilization and accelerometer technology that, when seen in action, seems less like a mechanism and more like magic. Think of it this way: it’s basically like your handheld rig is now a Steadicam, and pretty much anyone can learn to use it in minutes and get footage that normally would have required years of experience. Sound scary and wonderful? Read on for more. More »