Recently I had the chance to work with talented actress Taryn Manning (Orange is the New Black, 8 Mile, Hustle & Flow) on a short film/music video for music artist Jared Evan. The concept was a slight narrative mixed with surreal fantasy elements set in a dark, maze-like atmosphere.
Panasonic GH4 + Metabones Canon FD Speedbooster
Other than a few handheld shots for the intro, we stayed primarily on the Varavon Birdycam Gimbal with my Panasonic GH4 + Metabones Canon FD Speedbooster and a Canon FD 20mm 2.8 lens.
Actress Taryn Manning using the Panasonic GH4 + Varavon Birdycam2 Gimbal combo
Without focus control or the luxury of time for lens changes, we went with a wide angle fluid look. The camera was always moving on the Birdycam Gimbal, from side to side, strafing performance shots, low to high panning shots and following shots. It was so intuitive even Taryn got in on the action.
Music Artist Jared Evan lit by the F&V LED Lite Panel
My favorite scene by far was a front gimbal tracking shot as Jared walks backwards down an aisle flanked by 20 foot steel shelves. We also had an F&V LED Light providing fill from another aisle casting strange and mysterious shadows on his face. As Jared backs into the exit, Taryn finds him and together they run towards a massive light source at the end of a tunnel. We then track them from behind as they run into the light.
Panasonic GH4 + Metabones Canon FD Speedbooster + Varavon Birdycam2 Gimbal + Aputure V-Screen VS-3 7″ Monitor
It was a great shoot and actually my first time using the Varavon Birdycam. Here’s a few tips I discovered when shooting entirely with a camera gimbal.
1. A wireless follow focus option.
2. A wireless video option such as the CMR Radian Pro.
3. A tether support such as an Easy Rig Mini to provide hands free camera adjustments and save time having to set it on a stand.
4. At least two Varavon Gimbal Power 16V batteries when running a full 10 hour day.
Check out the final video and hit me up with any questions about the Varavon Birdycam Gimbal in the comments below.