A large part of the reason I decided to get involved with SteadyMaker was to develop an ongoing relationship with the customers; to see them utilize our products in multiple different ways and find out how they incorporate our technology into their everyday filming experiences.
In the spirit of showcasing our customers’ work, I am proud to introduce the first in a series of articles about ‘The SteadyMakers’ – The people who use our stabilizers, and give them a platform to talk about their work. First up, Kye Rowley, a filmmaker and Parkour enthusiast from Australia.
Hi, I’m Kye Rowley, co founder of the Parkour group BNE based in Brisbane, Australia.
I’ve been training Parkour & Freerunning for over 7 years. Brisbane has always been strong a strong community, with regular 10 hour training days every weekend. A lot of us would film ourselves to show to the rest of Australia and the world but these videos would be split up between multiple youtube channels.
So eventually we felt the need to create a team so it was easy for people to see the latest videos coming out of Brisbane. Since then we’ve recently traveled to 11 different countries around Europe and met up with all the biggest communities.
When did you start becoming interested in DSLR videography?
Sharing each others videos is pretty big in parkour, and its a great way to watch each other progress and get inspiration for others. I originally started with my friends MiniDV camera with a fisheye adapter for the first few years but then saw many practitioners had started using these new Canon DSLRs that shoot 1080p video, so I eventually saved for a Canon 600d and kit lens and started making regular videos. After many years shooting Parkour videos I got my first film gig on the set of ‘Suicide Squad’ pre production. This gave me inspiration to make Videography my career and since then have started my own production company.
Describe the differences and challenges when shooting a parkour film?
When I film Parkour I focus on making sure the jumps look impressive, so I tend to use wide angle lenses a lot of the time. I feel like longer lenses dont do the jumps justice when in fact if you see them in person they are insane. I like the person watching my videos to feel like they are right there with the athlete, so I like to always have the camera moving.
How did you incorporate the SMG Handheld Stabilizer into the recent shoot?
I really like how light the SMG is, after using gimbals like the DJI Ronin-m it becomes a real pain carrying it around from spot to spot and requires a stand to balance. Being able to pull the SMG out on the fly is invaluable for Parkour shoots as unexpected things can happen you dont want to miss.
A cool trick I found using the SMG: If you have a lens with a smooth focus wheel you can actually pull focus with the SMG. As long as you are lightly pulling focus the SMG’s motors can handle the force and you can get some amazing shots where you would otherwise need auto focus lenses or a wireless follow focus system.
What are your future plans?
My main goals are to grow my production company and BNE. We are always trying to think outside the box with our projects and come up with new and interesting ideas. Hopefully this mindset gives us more opportunities to travel and film interesting things.