Rich Chooses FloatCam DC-Slider System for NightFall Time-Lapse Shoot
Los Angeles, CA. Cinematographer Colin Rich has two loves; Time-lapse photography and the City of Los Angeles. He’s shot several stunning ventures through his city, but none as awe-inspiring as his recent three- minute documentary journey, NightFall, shot primarily with the FloatCam DC Slider and Motion Control System from MSE as support.
“Night fall is my favorite time to shoot time lapse,” says Rich. “Capturing the transition from day to night, while looking back at the city as the purple shadow of Earth envelopes the Eastern skyline and the warm distant twinkling halogen lights spark to life and give the fading sun a run for her money will never grow old or boring.
“Shooting skyscraper shots are always intense,” he explains. “They require a lot of rigging and securing of every element. While setting up on the 57th floor roof deck of a downtown scraper for a day to night motion controlled transition shot, I saw something zoom past my head but only in my periphery. My camera assistant shouted ‘look out!’ and I ducked right in time. A falcon had just whizzed right by my head. This bird was angry and we were in the nesting grounds so that made it even angrier. I’m now on the ground looking up at a male and female falcon circling above then they start diving at me in tandem, screeching past, talons out.
“I jumped up, ran through the motions really quickly and in no less than four minutes, I had setup a day to night transition with angry peregrines dive-bombing me,” he continues. “Any other setup on the market would have taken three times as long but with the ease of the FloatCam DC-Slider time was on my side. We made a dash for the door and let the camera ride out the movement for the next two hours until night fell and the birds had retired for the evening.”
It isn’t just the ease of use and stability of the FloatCam system that helped Rich to get these spectacular shots. “It allows me to concentrate on the shot,” he explains. “The system is much easier to use than other platforms. Set up is simple. The weight of the unit proved to be a stabilizing element, where I knew I could really get it to do my bidding when it came into designing a shot and knowing that when it was finished, I had what I needed and didn’t have to worry about vibration.”
FloatCam’s DC-Slider is a unique, counter-balanced, multi-function, multi-angled camera platform that can create more than smooth horizontal camera movement. It can become a mini-jib as well as a six-foot tower. It can be mounted on a single tripod and placed on level or uneven surfaces, where the constant counter-balance can maintain a uniform pressure for smooth camera movement. It can capture a wide range of vertical images in mini-jib function, no matter how acute the angle. DC-Slider will carry a wide-range of camera styles up to the maximum weight of 22-pounds.
By adding the new FloatCam Motion Control System features, shooters can capture a series of DSLR Time Lapse and Stop Motion modes. Every movement, manual or programmed, can be recorded up to 999 times and stored for later use. Up to 99 time extensions can be recorded. The FloatCam Motion Control System has a wide range of speed settings from 0-20cm/seconds and a speed ramp range from .5-2.5 seconds.
In the first three days of Internet release, NightFall has had over 320,000 actual plays and over 1.3 million loads and climbing. Rich also plans to submit this amazing three-minute visual to various film festivals around the world, knowing that a large screen in 4K will be the best means of showcasing the depth of these shots as well as the work of his support system, like FloatCam’s HD DC-Slider and motion control system.
DC Slider – A Day in the life…
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)