Adding Camera Movement During Interviews

We recently met Braden, owner of Cinevita Films, at Masters In Motion. Braden has put together a video showing how KC Gear can help add movement to your interviews.

Kessler University (KU): Tell us about yourself. When did you get into Filmmaking?

Braden Jobson (BJ): My name is Braden Jobson, I’m 23 years old, and I’m based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. My business has been full-time for a little less than 3 years now. The style of shooting I enjoy is a cinematic approach to documentary filmmaking.

KU: Why Kessler? Why did you choose to go the Kessler route verses the other options that exist?

BJ: Kessler was an easy choice, starting with my first Pocket Dolly. That piece of gear paid for itself so fast. I started getting calls from clients wanting to hire me, and specifically requesting I “do that cool camera movement thing”. From there I bought the Pocket Jib, and then I stepped into motion control with the Cineslider, Revolution Head and Oracle Controller. Camera motion is one of the most important parts of cinematography to me, and is one of the most effective ways to visually enhance your production or to tell a story. But at the same time, budget doesn’t always allow for a large crew, so Kessler gear makes it easy to achieve cinematic moves without weighing you down too heavily with bulky equipment or expensive rentals.

KU: How has the gear helped in your storytelling?

BJ: I get bored easily, so I’m always trying to find the next step and new ways to improve. I enjoy trying to think of a specific shot or technique, and then finding equipment that allows me to do something new. That’s how I came about using this motion control system for interviews. A few years ago, I saw someone trying to add this type of motion to interviews, but the movement was jerky and not very consistent, and it was completely impractical by hand, because you have to nail your shot precisely when the person you’re interviewing says something worthwhile. I experimented with a couple different things to make this work, and then I discovered this motion control system and it works beautifully. Since the move is programmed in, I never have to worry about nailing the shot at the right time, as its always moving back and forth, and the movement is always perfect.

It’s pretty easy for me to say that my business wouldn’t be where it is without the Kessler equipment I use. It has brought the quality of my work to a whole new level, and clients have hired me specifically because of the equipment, enough to more than pay for all of it. I’m anxious for new products that Kessler will be releasing, especially the new keyframe motion control system, which will make the interview setup better and easier. It’s great having access to affordable tools that really free you up to be more creative.

For more information, check out his blog, Cinevata Films, and find out how he adds movement to his interviews.

  • John Badcock

    Great tutorial and some good tips for pre-setting the subject camera distance. Just curious how you film an interview with the elektra motor whirring the whole time?
    Thanks for any tips.
    John Badcock csc

    • At the speeds that it would be running during the interview, it’s highly unlikely you will pick up the sound of the motors in your audio.

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