More MōVI – what does JJ Abrams think? New MōVI ‘solo’ short sample

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In a new post, Vincent Laforet has shown more excitement over the MōVI and has gathered feedback from JJ Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón as well as releasing a new MōVI short that was shot in “solo” mode (meaning there was only a single operator).

I still have my reservations about the MōVI, but then again, I'm not a huge famous filmmaker like JJ Abrams. I tend to think it will be tough for many operators to handhold for long days of shooting and it for sure isn't going to be perfect for every situation – but what do you think? Sound off in the forum post attached to this this blog rant.

In fact, I've set up the first MōVI forum section!


Vincent Laforet new MōVI tidbits

The hardest thing for me over the past two weeks has been to hold back on my enthusiasm regarding the true potential that I believe the MōVI has, and the potential it has to alter the way we shoot video/films.  

To that end I’ll share two anecdotes with you that I experienced recently that have helped confirm that this technology might just be worthy of the dreaded term "Game Changer."

1. We had a meeting to demo the MōVI last week.   Director/Producer/Writer JJ Abrams came to see the unit and was clearly enthusiastic.   The word "Genius" may have been uttered at one point.   But there are two specific details from that meeting that I will never forget:

First, when Abrams came to see the MōVI for  the second time, he asked his staff to help him execute a shot that had taken him 5 takes to accomplish with what is presumably one of the best crews and gear that one can find in Hollywood…   His staff (who had all of 5 minutes of time w/ the MōVI) nailed the shot on the first take.  Abrams had them repeat it and possibly perfect it on the second shot.  

The second memory I have, began when Abrams picked up his cell phone and called Alfonso Cuarón who was in town, and suggesting that he rush over to see the  MōVI.   Cuarón is the modern master of the "one shot"  – he directed "Children of Men" a modern masterpiece on many levels.   Cuarón showed up within the hour, and I have to say that having the two of them there was a special moment to say the least.   After all, I had spent the night prior to shooting with the MōVI for the very first time looking through a behind the scenes look (check it out here it’s AWESOME) at his long takes from Children of men.  

Having him there in person three weeks later was a bit surreal to say the least.    But even better somehow, was his reaction.    When he saw the MōVI in action… he was simply:  speechless.   He literally cupped his hands around his eyes and mouth.  Twice.   Later he said he’d been waiting for something like this for "20-30 years."    It’s a day I’ll never forget – not because of the two key directors who were there and who I admire – but because of their genuine reaction of discovery and excitement that was palpable to all.   One, let alone both of those things seldom happen.

2.  As you watch the video below, keep in mind it was shot by a Solo operator.    The original MōVI film you saw 2 weeks ago was shot with both a person holding the MōVI and a second operator on the remote control Joystick.   The video below was shot by one person – all alone.   Truth be told, we all deep down want to grab a camera and run out and shoot – unencumbered by anyone else at times…

please visit Vincent's post to read more about what he thinks! (Nope, didn't post the whole article, that wouldn't be fair to Vincent)

Hood by Henning Sandström

this short film was shot 100% handheld with a prototype MōVI M10 stabilized handheld gimbal over the course of 3 days in Hood River, OR. used a Panasonic GH3 and operated the MōVI in single operator “Majestic” mode for the majority of the shots.

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


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