lately, I’ve been operating regularly from stabilizers. This past week, we tried out a new motor called an RT Motion. For those of you who don’t know, an RT Motion is a wireless follow focus that allows a camera assistant to work with me but remotely from across the room. So, my Assistant Sam Vines from the UK was able to guide a Nikkor Stills lens ( Nikon 28-300) into precision focus. Sam and I did a prep day in advance and were able to have the kit all ready to go for the day of shooting. We were working with medical equipment personnel in office spaces. The catch was these were medical offices and not really hospitals. so, we had an excellent challenge to make things look medical and interesting. Thanks to the ronin and easy rig, we were able to do those micro-orbit shots as well as a few walking shots that looked superb.
A site note to production with ronins: Every time you have a new technology with new possibilities, it’s important to work with producers and directors on the front end to prep them for the systems you’ll be using. In this case, when the stabilizer is turned off, wireless controllers for the follow focus need to re-calibrate upon reboot. this means the 1stAC needs to come to the camera and set minimum and maximum focal distances. If we used cine-glass on the job, this wouldn’t be an issue- it can do it automatically. but on those lower budget shoots, you’ll need to do it manually while looking at the focal values on the top of the lens.
Technically: Overall, a great success. we had great products. The client was happy and I got to drink 3-4 coffees up in the office kitchen in-between setups.