If you are already shooting video with DSLR’s you probably know how dam hard it is – even with the thing stuck on a tripod. So any thoughts of trying to use one on a delicately balanced steadicam is probably a very long way from your future plans. Before you poo poo the idea, I’ve come up with a cheap and pretty darn good solution that will make your videos look cooler than cool. Adding even a smidgen of movement to a video can really add a bit of interest. And with this steadicam you don’t even have to wear a Robocop-type vest.
If you are still wondering about the value of a steadicam in your daily video repertoire I will point out that Danfung Dennis won this years World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary for ” Hell and Back Again” at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. And nearly all of his war footage was shot with a Canon 5D strapped to a steadicam. You don’t get that sort of intimacy with a camera screwed to a tripod and you probably don’t live very long in a war zone standing for long periods of time behind one either.
You can pay up to £1,000 for a top of the range steadicam while this one from Hague called the Mini Motion Cam (MMC) will set you back about £74.00. Not only that but you can use one with the GoPro and iphone 4 should you want to. Which is not as stupid as it sounds as someone told me this week Jack Johnson shot his latest music video with a GoPro and it won’t be long before a full length feature film will be made with an iphone if it hasn’t already.
Anyway, the video is below. I’m awarding one iphone4 Leica M6 skin to the first person who correctly counts the number of hmmm’s!! And here is the prize.