Less is More – Skidproofing the POOLiCAGE

During my last shoot, the work-in-progress entitled The Red Stone, I noticed that my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera moved or spinned slightly inside the POOLiCAGE when I tried to realign the attached lens to the Petroff matte box and follow focus, using the SmallRig top handle. That was somewhat annoying. One of the few downsides … More Less is More – Skidproofing the POOLiCAGE

Steadying my Aim – Completing my DIY Shoulder Rig

Yesterday I finally received my SmallRig 1622 Rubber Non-slip Handle Grip, travelling all the way from China since the beginning of April. My original purpose with this purchase through SmallRig’s ebay store was two-fold: 1. To use the rubber grip as an alternative to the alumium threaded SmallRig 1638 Top Handle, to fit the former … More Steadying my Aim – Completing my DIY Shoulder Rig

Wrapping Up my Rig – Initial impressions of the Petroff Follow Focus & Matte Box

I have recently received three items to complete my camera tripod rig, a Matte Box, a Follow Focus, and a Follow Focus Gear Ring for my Meteor 5-1 zoom lens. After some serious consideration I finally decided to purchase a Matte Box and Follow Focus from Petroff of Bulgaria. I settled for the Petroff P44-01 … More Wrapping Up my Rig – Initial impressions of the Petroff Follow Focus & Matte Box

A Firm Grip – Improving my Shoulder Rig

Assembling my new DIY shoulder rig with components from Zenit (Krasnogorsk-3 Pistol Grip and Telescopic Shoulder Brace), Manfrotto (088LBP Female 1/4″-20 to Male 3/8″ Adapter with Flange) and POOLi™ (D-BASE-2 and POOLiCAGE), I wasn’t fully satisfied with the fit between the grip and the base, even though I had drilled a new hole for the … More A Firm Grip – Improving my Shoulder Rig

Cinematic Naturalism – Using Practical Lighting (and some thoughts about the Lumix GH4)

As a independent and guerilla filmmaker, one often has to do with what is offered at the shooting location. When it comes to shooting exterior scenes, that comes natural and is shared with most big budget productions. But the real differentiation between shoe string budget and larger production involves shooting interior scenes, where the use … More Cinematic Naturalism – Using Practical Lighting (and some thoughts about the Lumix GH4)

A Helping Hand – My first impressions of the SmallRig top handle and lens support (with the POOLiCAGE and POOLi™ base)

Recently I aquired the POOLiCAGE for my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. However, it was delivered without a top handle. And a camera cage isn’t complete without one. Also, my camera rig requires the Meteor 5-1 lens to be supported, to alleviate the burden from the Micro Four Thirds lens mount. So, yesterday, my parcel from … More A Helping Hand – My first impressions of the SmallRig top handle and lens support (with the POOLiCAGE and POOLi™ base)