Filmmaking

Testing the Kessler Crane Pocket Jib Traveler

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I got the new Pocket Jib Traveler from Kessler Crane and was able to test it out a little over the weekend. With winter slowly starting to dissipate in Chicago it has been too cold to go out and shoot stuff so it was nice to have some decent weather. The Pocket Jib Traveler (PJT) is perfect for someone like me. I like to remain mobile and to keep my gear as portable as possible but not limit the shots I can get. That’s why when things like the pocket dolly, or slider, came out and you could do small side to side dolly moves it added movement to your shots that you could only get before carrying a large dolly with you on shoots. The PJT opens up the chance of doing jib shots on the go which is so amazing. It’s not huge so you can’t do massive […]

Filmmaking

Being Portable

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One thing that is my advantage on shoots, both work and film, is to be portable. Part of my “thing” is that I’m basically a one man crew. For the most part doing interviews and B-Roll rarely requires a lot of people. In fact, I have almost never been in a situation where having several people around was necessary. Now if I was doing a commercial or something along those lines then that would be different. But in most cases there is mainly two of us on these shoots and that is plenty. I made the decision a long time ago to own my own gear. With that comes a big cost. Not just in purchasing the equipment but in upkeep as well. The part that a lot of people don’t think about. Most of the time it’s minor things like extra bulbs and gaffer’s tape. But other times it […]