Support Equipment

Tripods, handheld rigs, and other devices that help me get a smooth shot. This is one of the single most important investments any filmmaker can make. It’s no secret that taking the “shakiness” out of your films is of pinnacle importance. Frankly it’s one of the number one factors that separates amateur videos from professional video/film.

Sliders

  • 2 x Kessler Stealth (mini & 2ft versions) // The Kessler Stealth is a great lightweight slider solution for both live action and time-lapse. This is my go to slider for lighter weight applications.
  • 2 x Kessler Cineslider (3ft & 5ft versions) // The Kessler Cineslider is a rugged slider solution for heavier camera configurations. This is my go to for FS7 configurations.
  • Kessler Shuttlepod Mini (12ft) // The Kessler Shuttlepod Mini is a great solution for longer configurations. With this setup, you can create as long of a configuration as your shots requires. For me, this is my time-lapse solution for longer distances when traveling and unable to take the longer TLS rail system with me.
  • Kessler Shuttlepod (24 ft) // The full size Shuttlepod is my favourite interview system for larger camera configurations.

Cranes / Jibs

  • Kessler KC Complete // When needing a more robust system, the KC Complete offers an extremely flexible solution.
  • Kessler Pocket Jib // When needing a quicker yet extendable solution, the pocket jib is my go-to when using larger cameras.
  • Kessler Pocket Jib Traveler // When traveling for any project and using a lighter camera configuration, this is my go-to jib.

Monitors

  • Odyssey 7Q // I currently use the Odyssey 7Q as a monitoring solution and sometimes for redundancy when rolling with the FS7.
  • Atomas Ninja // The Ninja is a good small monitor solution that I use with the Ronin for framing.
  • Small HD 502 // By far one of the most rugged monitors of its size and class.

Drones

  • 2 x DJI Inspire 1 // I have been flying the Inspire 1’s for a year now and am continually blown away by the quality and style of image you are able to capture with this system. I currently own two crafts and spent three weeks in Patagonia working with DJI’s new X5 and X5R. Once refined, these systems will be absolutely stunning.
  • DJI PHANTOM 4 // After having flown the Inspire 1 since it’s release, I was skeptical about the capabilities of the Phantom 4. However, after using it, I can easily say it is much easier to fly than the Inspire and the image quality, although not as good as the X3 in my opinion, the quality is good. Easily my go-to for most projects at this point.

Gimbal

  • DJI Ronin // Finding ways to stabilize your camera is important for any type of shoot. My go-to solution when wanting a fluid camera movement is the DJI Ronin. The Ronin is very quick and easy to balance and can be reset without the stand – unlike other systems on the market. Although a bit heavier, I like this tool because of its ruggedness.
  • DJI OSMO // One tool that caught me by surprise on a recent shoot in Patagonia is the DJI OSMO. This tool was invaluable as we tried to document our journey on horseback. The only downfall is that the batteries only last a VERY short amount of time.
  • EasyRig 3 500N Vest

Tripods

  • 3 x Manfrotto 536 Legs // The Manfrotto 536 legs are very versatile legs that are not only light but very rugged. They collapse very low to the ground and also extend very high as well.
  • 4 x MeFoto GlobeTrotter Travel Tripod // These legs are great for travel and are the perfect companion for the Kessler TLS system.
  • Miller DS20 Tripod System

 

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