"Broke filmmakers." Did you know that you can be a filmmaker, and not be broke? Just saying. :) Other than that. Pretty damn cool!
Well, I really hope they can start to make a fist against all the illegally spreading content. Some people still don't understand that it's equal to stealing.
Thats where you need an assistant.. who earns and learns something, you don't have to try to be a one man army all the time. I know its sometimes not possible due to budget reasons, but frankly, don't use a steadicam than.
And if this replaces a steadicam, that's just bad news for everyone to be honest. And I am sure it might be fun for students and amateurs, who will now surely have the tendency to overuse movement..
But I am not excited about this as a camera professional, and the argument I always read here is, it's about the story, and how a DP should translate the story to an image, which demands skills, unable to be put in a -cheap- chinese box. But that doesn't mean there are no other jobs in our business out there. Not that I'd see this as competition, for them. But hey, a man can rand sometimes. Long text, one point, get that assistant, ditch the chinatoys.
I am actually quite angry about promoting iPhones for television broadcast, calling it exciting to see "tv-stations" like the swiss one to stop using professional camera people and jumping to coverage by iPhones is just plain and plain sad. It's just a matter of time until these producers get their head out of their iPhone-asses and start respecting decent camerawork again, and that saving a few dollars is not necessarily a good thing.