Technology plays an integral role in the production process and helps filmmakers tell stories in new ways. One such product aiding filmmakers is Kessler’s CineDrive system.
Kessler CineDrive® is a revolutionary multi axis camera motion control system that puts the emphasis on filmmaker creativity. Never before has any one system provided the power and versatility required to give users multi axis control that is configurable enough to meet the needs of filmmakers in the studio and in the field as elegantly as CineDrive® does. Its modular design allows users to custom build their system in a matter of minutes or months, depending on budget and use. Whether for live-action, time-lapse or stop-motion, CineDrive® was built to give users robust keyframable motion control at their fingertips.
In this 15 minute documentary, the viewer is introduced to Kessler, are shown what it takes to bring a product to market and are given a look at why CineDrive was developed.
For this project, I was asked to help produce a documentary showcasing the features of CineDrive while also shedding light into the production process. This project took six months to produce and was shot in locations including NYC, Indiana, Texas, Saskatchewan and more.
How The Edit Shaped the Story
Going into this edit, I wasn’t completely sure the style I wanted to use and through the six month process of developing this piece, it saw fifteen different iterations. With the help of other filmmakers and collaborators, I refined the style and structure of this piece.
Before approaching this project, I knew the main threads I wanted to cover with the project and these threads were what guided the questions I asked during the interviews. For the engineers, the focus was on how a product is developed, the roll technology advancements play in the products they develop and their involvement with CineDrive. For Eric and Chris, the focus was on the history of Kessler as well as why the product was developed and the filmmakers role was to talk about how the product helps with their filmmaking.
I’ve attached an image of what the final timeline looked like for this project before mastering.
I am extremely happy to have had the opportunity to work with Kessler on this project and can’t wait to hear what people have to say about the video. Thanks to all who were involved!
In Order of Appearance:
Eric Kessler (Owner / Operator), Chris Beller (Director of Sales & Operations), Jon Simpkins (Software Developer), Bill Plunkett (Embedded Engineer), Kevin Mott (Mechanical Engineer), Terry Howald (Software Engineer), Christian Espinoza (Firmware Engineer), Bruce Vander Werf (Software Engineer), Ryan Connolly (Filmmaker), Philip Bloom (Filmmaker), Tom Guilmette (Filmmaker), Vincent Laforet (Filmmaker), Andrew Kramer (VFX Artist), Uros Zurag (Animator), Tony Walbert (Hardware Engineer), Jason Woodford (Mechanical Designer).
Footage Provided By:
Preston Kanak, Swiss Filmmakers, Tony Reale, Tom Guilmette, Jon Connor, Eric Hines, Ryan Connolly, ZVVIKS, Philip Bloom, Joel Graves, Cristina Valdivieso, Andrew Kramer.
Music Provided By The Music Bed:
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Only Human Instrumental – Parade of Lights
Sparks – Aerials
It Was Good Instrumental – Les Enfants
Run Instrumental – Cameron Ernst
Epilogue – Lights & Motion
Below is a teaser clip for a new project I am in the process of developing.