September 5, 2014 at 7:05AM
Using the MōVI M10
Recently, I had the budget to hire a MōVI M10 for a project. I do all of my work by myself, so I was glad for a chance to up my production value and get to use what is really an amazing piece of kit.
Was it worth it? Not sure. I found a few things very difficult. Focusing was impossible, since I couldn't afford a follow focus and had to do it manually. My arm still hurts from all the times I had to hold the rig aloft with one hand and hurriedly press record or focus before my wrist gave out.
Also, I'm still not sure if I was doing it right, but there was no forgiveness for the up-and-down bobbing motion of walking. Sometimes it looks like it was on a boat.
But, the MOVI did allow my natural shooting style (monopod, fixed lens), to shine. So long as I wasn't trying to get tracking shots on the fly (unplanned they just fell apart), I was able to readjust frames as I saw them without losing the stability of the shot. I captured a lot more candid moments this way. Also, there were a few times where I could get a shot that just wouldn't have been possible with a monopod, over cliffs, between trees, etc.
So, I had a great experience, and I'll try it again if another project allows for it, but the price of the rental was too high to use it all the time.
Has anyone else used the Movi as a solo filmmaker? How do you like it?