This contains 2 big announcements I am very excited for. So, read on!
For those of you who know anything about filmmaking, you will not be very surprised by the fact that I want a gimbal. For those of who don’t know, a gimbal is a piece of electronic equipment that you put your camera on, and it keeps it very steady as you walk or run, or just any movement, it smooths it out. They generally have 3 axis, each with a little motor, for tilt, one for pan, one for yaw. As you move, your camera can follow your movements, smoothing them out. This is how a lot of very long smooth shots are achieved.
Hollywood has many different gimbals and other tools for their major productions, but nowadays, there are many consumer style gimbals on the market that are more affordable, however, there are plenty ranging well into the $10k range.
I have been wanting to get one for a while now. Besides the main reason of trying to decrease the amount of handheld footage in my videos and my vlogs, there is another reason as well. I believe is the reason is a sign of any good tool, in any field, that you feel needs to be added to your arsenal.
The best pieces of gear, are pieces that inspire you and actually makes you come up with something new, or finally, you are able to pull off something that previously was not possible that you really wanted to achieve.
Just a few weeks ago, I used my friend’s gimbal, and I was so inspired. Coming up with so many different shot ideas, different angles, and possibilities to help tell the video’s story better. That solidified my mind around the need for a gimbal.
Over the next little while, I did a ton of research (I had already done a lot before this, but I stepped it up a notch) and fast forward to yesterday, I walked out of the camrea store with my very first gimbal!
A Zhiyun WeeBill Lab. It’s very small and light as well, which fits my camera, and allows me to easily travel with it and go hiking with it. So yes, making it easier to carry along and vlog with!
I could not be more excited. I feel like this is opening up so many possibilities for me creatively (even within my own head, which is half the battle), as well as opening up so many more doors professionally. There is now so much more I can offer clients for video projects, more creative ideas that I can achieve, and more efficient at capturing those ideas. This leads me to my next announcement.
Today I am starting an amazing new project, that I feel is going to help push and transform my filmmaking to the next level. My friend Janik and I are setting out to make a film about Vancouver that we are filming over the next month.
When we sat down initially to plan this project, the first of many in our film-making partnership, we wanted to create something that showed off our beautiful city, pushed us creatively, and developed in our skills technically. We want to make something we could both be extremely proud of, but also something we could benefit from in the directions we both wanted to go. We want to create something that would appeal to the brands we would love to work with, while still crafting our own unique style that we can bring to the table.
I can’t wait to show you all as it goes, and hopefully, create some behind the scenes vlog material out of it as well! So stay tuned for that, and in the meantime, be sure to check out Janik! (https://www.janikrai.com)
Until next time, always be creating.