This special note came to us from Brian Valente at Redrock exclusive for planet5D readers:
This is not some another motorized slider. It's designed for individuals or small camera crews who are doing interviews to up their game by adding motion and maybe a second camera with the crew they already have. All the features are designed around this: a lightweight self-contained unit so no assembly, laser assisted setup, push button operation, and the curved track that keeps the subject stationary and in focus with no operator.
So its perfect for interview type situations. It can also be used for product photography and tabletop video where you want slow controlled camera moves.
If you want to go out and shoot time-lapse etc. definitely get a slider. If you are shooting interviews and need a fast setup that gives motion without any extra people, this is the ticket.
New One Man Crew from Redrock Micro Delivers High Production Value Footage with “Virtual Camera Crew”
Motorized Parabolic Motion Ideal for Corporate, Documentary, and Product/Tabletop Video
Hollywood, CA and Dallas, TX – Redrock Micro, the recognized leader in affordable, professional-level cinema accessories, today announced the all-new One Man Crew™, a new class of motorized ‘parabolic slider' that operates unattended and delivers elegant cinematic motion. The One Man Crew is particularly effective for individuals and small crews who want their footage to stand out and have the look of being shot by a professional camera crew. The One Man Crew's compact design, lightning-fast setup, push-button ease of use, and unattended operation makes it the perfect choice for corporate interviews, documentaries, and production/tabletop video.
Leva FilmWorks, a leading content provider for Warner Bros., Lucasfilm, Universal and others, used the One Man Crew recently as they shot interviews for their documentary celebrating the 75th anniversary of the iconic film The Wizard of Oz. The company regularly shoots interviews with show business giants, from Meryl Streep to Steven Spielberg to Usher.
“Over the years, I've learned how to keep interviewees relaxed and comfortable so the shoot becomes all about what they have to say, not the technical requirements of shooting it,” said Gary Leva, president of Leva FilmWorks. “The One Man Crew allows us to enhance our production value in a really elegant way without increasing the size of our on-set crew. It sets up fast, it's quiet and unobtrusive, and it's rock-solid reliable.”
Independent Director of Photography Johnny Derango also had the opportunity to use the One Man Crew.
“In preparation for the release of my new feature film ‘Lost on Purpose,' we shot behind-the-scenes interviews with our key cast and crew. We wanted to do a multi-cam shoot, but with others conducting the interviews and working in tight spaces, it left me alone to run the camera. The “One Man Crew” took what could have been a boring one-camera shoot and transformed it into a two-camera shoot with beautiful movement that breathed new life into it. Its solid, professional construction and hands-off operation makes it an easy choice.”
Patent-Pending Parabolic Motion
The One Man Crew is the first and only parabolic motion system available designed to provide elegant cinematic movements while keeping the subject both in focus and stationary in the frame. Most importantly, it does this without any operator involvement. The 36″ long track offers great flexibility and can set shorter limits for motion. The One Man Crew allows for camera speed change in real-time and manual start/stop/change direction with speed ramp up/down for consistently great footage.
Perfect for Corporate, Documentary, Interviews, Product/Tabletop Photography
The One Man Crew is the perfect addition for small crews doing corporate or documentary interviews that require fast setups and great images. One Man Crew can be used with a single camera for a high-end production feel, or on a second camera for cutting between shots with additional footage. One Man Crew's smooth, controlled, repeatable motion is also great for product and tabletop photography and adds that extra sparkle.
Sets Up In Minutes
One Man Crew can be set up and prepared for production in minutes thanks to its lightweight, self-contained design, intuitive laser alignment guides and push-button ease of use. The One Man Crew can be unpacked, set up, and ready to shoot in about a minute by a single person, and can be mounted onto a standard tripod via its integrated ¼”-20 and 3/8″-16 cheeseplate on the bottom of the unit. It also features rubberized feet for low profile tabletop placement for maximum versatility.
Complete Kit With Everything Included
One Man Crew contains everything needed for use and is production-ready straight from the box. The included Heavy Load Tilt Head works with virtually any camera and has the ability to hold up to 20 pounds. One Man Crew is powered by an included AC adapter (with international plug adapters) and comes with a soft carry case for easy transport to and from productions.
For More Information
Additional details on the Redrock One Man Crew can be found here: store.redrockmicro.com/OneManCrew
Pricing and Availability
The One Man Crew is available as a complete kit for $1,495 and is available for pre-order. As with all Redrock products, customers can purchase direct from Redrock Micro's website at store.redrockmicro.com, or from any of Redrock's worldwide authorized resellers.
About Redrock Micro
Redrock Micro revolutionized independent film production in the early 2000s with the M2 cinema lens adapter, and reinvented digital filmmaking in 2008 with HDSLR cinema rigs and accessories. Today, Redrock Micro continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning digital cinema rigs and accessories, DSLR rigs, depth-of-field adapters, stabilization and support gear, sophisticated focus controllers, and advanced cinema accessories. More information is available at redrockmicro.com.
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