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The SteadyMakers Profiles

  • “ZHYVY” — A short audiovisual film by Histibe : Behind The Scenes

    Histibe is a Ukrainian audiovisual artist, video director and music producer with over 10 years of experience. He’s also an owner of Vimeo award winning creative label Mask Movement. His project were featured 20 times in the official digital galeries on Behance and published on a number of popular platforms such as Complex, UKF, JAY Z’s Life+Times and Dezeen. Currently Histibe and his team has a list of clients and collaborators both from the video and music world, including Blackmagic Design, Steadymaker, Lensbaby, Foton, Glide Gear, M-Audio, Loopmasters, Arturia, Black Hole Recordings and more.

    SteadyMaker Note: This is an ongoing series featuring collaborative efforts by some fantastic talents around the world. We appreciate the people that use our products and want to encourage creativity in all forms. We dedicate a playlist on our youtube channel to examples of work from creative videographers called ‘The SteadyMakers‘ Go check it out and be inspired!

    In the meantime, here is an exclusive behind the scenes look at Histibe’s latest creation, “ZHYVY”, utilizing the SMG EXTREME. Why not check it out in our shop HERE.

    “ZHYVY” — short audiovisual film by Histibe, which means “LIVE” in Ukrainian. This is a mix of cinematography with modern digital art and music. This project was created in cooperation with two companies: Blackmagic Design and Steadymaker who shared their fresh video equipment for production process of the video.

    The motto of the film says: “Life is the most priceless thing. Don’t be afraid to live in your own unusual way.

    Film starts with a city at night and goes forward with elements of life of different characters, mainly at night time, when different thoughts and ideas come in to their minds. Some of them are musicians, some are DJs, some club heads, some strangers and underground personalities. They might look look odd and different, but it doesn’t matter, because the most priceless thing is freedom and self-expression and you shoud just live. Live in your own way!

    SteadyMaker Note: Thanks again to Histibe for letting us take a look behind the camera and see the artist in action. We hope that inspires you to go make your own films!

    Check out Histibe’s work HERE:

    https://www.behance.net/maskmovement

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  • The SteadyMakers Profiles: Gerssis David

    SteadyMaker is proud to feature a new profile about an up-and-coming freelance creator and our latest creative partner, Gerssis David. In his own words, from his Instagram profile, he is a ‘Freelance Creative Director, D.O.P and Video Editor‘. Right now he is based in London, UK, but he comes from Portugal.

    Gerssis David

    “What played a big role when I decided to get involved with SteadyMaker, was what they did perfectly well; fostering a relationship with the person that becomes their customer, making us find ways to explain our work, and what we are doing with their products, either how we manage them or even complement and implement them with other products, throughout our work and new techniques, learning more every day.”

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    When did you start becoming interested in DSLR videography?

    My interest in DSLR videography, or just videography itself, started back in 2010-2011 around when I was 15/16 years old, I had just changed my course in Portugal. I was studying Economics and switched to Audio-Visual Art, but beforehand as an hobby I used to edit football/soccer videos just for fun on Windows Movie Maker. Later on I started editing football videos as a “full time” career. It wasn’t until I got myself in to my second year of school in my Art degree, and was asked by a group of friends if I wanted to direct and edit their first music video. After the first one, another one came in, and another and so on…

    What is the best/worst aspect of your job?

    There’s not really a best or worst aspect of my job to be honest…I really like it. I personally think there’s good and bad clients that I work with. Since I’ve been doing it full time, I can tell that some of the best aspects are when you have full control of what you going to produce. When you are working for a client, my hope is that they will give you all the freedom to take full control; from hiring people, lens choices to picking your own lights and letting you set a budget. It’s actually when they trust you and let you do what you love, and you just have to prove to them why they have hired you. The worst aspect of my job is when you work with people and realize that their visual taste isn’t going to be very productive for their video. At the end of the day there’s not much you can do about it because you are working for them and you need to do everything in the way they visualize it, even if you don’t agree with it. That’s when you need to put your ego aside, because you either lose a very good person you can work with, or a very good connection and reference for future jobs. One thing that I’ve learned is to keep your viewpoint open, no matter how bad you might think the person’s visual opinions are.

    following with steadymaker in the forestDescribe the differences/challenges when working on your type of videography?

    I would say the challenges come mostly with the location and lighting. When you do a corporate job, its not something you need to worry about as much, however, when doing a documentary or a music video or even a wedding sometimes I have zero control of the enviroment. I am a videographer that loves natural light. I hate the feeling of artificial/LED lighting and try to work as much as possible with available natural light. Working with natural light be my biggest challenge because of the need of fast lenses is very important most cases.

    How do you incorporate the SteadyMaker Stabilizer in to your shoots?

    I think since I first purchased my SMG EXTREME my work rate and my videography changed a lot and improved. I basically use it and turn it from a gimbal to a shoulder rig. There’s no one specific way for me to use it, as I’ve seen so many people using other stabilisers and not being able to produce what I can with the SteadyMaker makes feel happy. But what amazes me the most its when people ask me “did you use a stabiliser for that shot?” Yes i did, and I will carry on using it.

    Any shooting tips or tricks for using the stabilizer?

    I totally recommend any user of SteadyMaker stabilizers to use it with both hands. Using it in Inverted Mode makes the camera way more stable and easier to control, and in Follow Mode, I suggest using it much as you can until you master it. I’m still not a master using it, I am still practicing. Practice makes perfect, as they say.

    What do you hope to achieve in the future?

    Right now, my project goals are conquering my first market, based in Portugal as my company is registered there. I am in London, so I will be taking the business from here, and trying to fight for a good place in the videography field in this competitive market.

    Recent Video Examples

    The Feel Good Bakery (Advert)

    The Feel Good Bakery was my second corporate video that I have completed using my SteadyMaker SMG EXTREME. This Advert shows how The Feel Good Bakery tries to support countries they supply their amazing sandwich. It is a company known for work with big agencies, like Velocity; a big Marketing Production Company based in London.

     

    ProfJam – Xamã (Prod. Lhast)

    In my opinion, this music video is the one I enjoyed shooting the most, not only because of the help that the SteadyMaker gave me to achieve shoots that I was not able to do before, but also for its mobility. This was the project where I explored the most I could from the SMG EXTREME in open spaces, from low to high angle shots and interesting ways of visualizing the shoot I wanted to achieve. (Gerssis is a professional – editors note:)
    This video its about Profjam,explaining to the viewer what he’s trying to become in this music industry. He’s not trying to be a pop star, he’s just trying to be himself, so we go around areas where Profjam can at last be himself without being judged by anyone, having the back of his amazing producer Lhast, we take him on a journey around London, Shoreditch, Canary Wharf tunnel and the amazing Epping Forest. Three very distinct and different locations. Watch carefully and feel it.

     

    Che Lingo – Stephanie’s Crib

    Once again this is another music video where I found myself testing the SteadyMaker SMG EXTREME, but in a different way, in both tight and open locations. Here the SMG helped me achieve things in a quicker way when I didn’t have time to change my lenses or was not able to put the camera on a tripod (I did not use one for the shoot at all). I loved the flow and the look that the SMG helped me get here.
    This video consists of something that the artist Che Lingo wanted to show the world. His progress in his music career which went from chilling in Stephanies Crib to watch Anime to spending time in clubs with girls dressing in anime style. Take at his “POV” of his life and a trip down memory lane.
    Gerssis David
    CEO, Creative Director & Editor

    GCSUPPLY
    www.instagram.com/gerssisdavid
    gcdavidtv@gmail.com

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  • The SteadyMakers Profile: Moviemotion

    Another in our series of profile interviews with creators.

    Hi, we are Moviemotion; a young, creative group of passionate filmmakers who have gathered lots of experience when it comes to image creation & promotional videos. Our company is located in a town called Aachen, a town in the west of Germany.

    Moviemotion Profile Interview

    When did you start becoming interested in DSLR videography?

    21010006_1About a year ago, DSLR videography caught our attention. The main reason for that was probably that those pictures were now able to be captured with only a portable camera and a small number of accessories, and there is a large range of creative options to deliver a message to clients, for example creating emotion, impressing or even inspiring others.

     

    What is the best/worst aspect of your job?

    SMG Extrem.Standbild003_1The best part of our job is that you are allowed to let your creativity run wild, in most cases.

    Yeah, sure there are some rules, but those won’t shrink our options.

    About the worst aspect, there isn’t that much that is a negative; perhaps the fact, that we have to work a lot to achieve the goal we are longing for, but those extra hours are the price you have to pay if you really want to be successful in a job you love doing.

     

    Describe the differences/challenges when working on your type of videography?

    _DSC5007_1The major challenge we have to face in the fast-paced world that we live in is that you have to keep convincing clients that professional level film-making is still needed, even though they think that only a budget handycamera is able to get the same result you would usually get if you work with a DSLR.

    You often have to explain why the quality of our videos are better, and it is a challenge to justify it.

     

     

    How do you incorporate the SteadyMaker Stabilizer in your shoots?

    This one is easy to answer; we use it in almost every shoot that requires some kind of dynamic movement, since it is really helpful to catch smooth looking pictures or videos.

    It also helps a lot, when it comes to stabilizing the camera movement.

     

    Any shooting tips or tricks for using the stabilizer?

    Learn how to walk in duck-like steps, train it → improve it! 😉

    (Editors’ note – we have a tutorial video talking about how to move with the stabilizer…check it out HERE)

     

    What do you hope to achieve in the future?

    We want to create movies that change our society and the whole world making it a better place to live in, by moving each and every person to maybe want them to become a better person or inspire them to do something bigger.

    Check out more examples of Moviemotion on their youtube channel HERE or by keeping posted to their latest news on their Facebook Page. Stay tuned for more SteadyMaker Profiles in future on our website!

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  • The SteadyMakers Profiles: Histibe

    Histibe is a Ukrainian audio-visual artist, video director and music producer with over 10 years of experience behind a number of various digital art projects. He’s also the owner of Vimeo and Webby-award winning creative label Mask Movement. His projects have been published on a number of popular platforms such as Complex, UKF, Designcollector, JAY Z’s Life+Times and Dezeen. Currently Histibe and his team has a strong list of clients and collaborators both from the video and music world, including Steady Maker, Lensbaby, Glide Gear, M-Audio, Loopmasters, Arturia, Waves Audio and more.

     

    When did you start becoming interested in DSLR/SLR videography?

    Photo_003I’ve always loved movies, but I became interested in video production in 2011, when I needed to shoot music videos for tracks from my album “Take the Form“. At that time I was in the role of Creative Director: I needed to find the right video director and give him some direction and creative freedom but lead him in this direction during the creative process in terms of quality and mood. During this time we made 6 music videos with various video directors from Italy, Germany, Portugal, The Netherlands and The United States. In the latest promo trailer for “Meant to Believe” I also created 50% of the video, including 3D animation. The main idea was to have a wide range of creative minds from different countries and exchange experiences. After years of experience, in 2015, I decided to create my own fully directed videos mixing elements of my camera footage with modern VFX and 3D animation. The result is the music video for “0000”. This is what I call abstract expressionism with elements of cinematography and contemporary computer graphics. In fact, 50% of the video was shot using the SMG 3-axis video stabilizer from Steady Maker.

     

    What is the best/worst aspect of your job?

    I guess the worst is that you have only 24 hours in a day. That’s why you need to plan your time ahead carefully. Keep in mind that I do everything myself, including role of DoP, Cameraman, Colorist, Producer and more these days. But this is why I want to tell people: “This is my video. Here’s my work. Check it!” I have some ideas and I really want to express myself this way. However, sometimes you can find yourself bored with video montages or after extra editing and post-production. But on the other hand it gives you some experience and inspiration for future work. At the end of the day — the best thing is the result; the final product is the main thing! It gives me the happiness of self-expression and the ability to share my vision with the world.

     

    Describe the differences/challenges when working on your type of videography?

    My type of videography is abstract and extraordinary. I guess my style is modern surrealism? Another weirdo? However, I still want to follow some classic video rules. For me, the modern classic types are Luc Besson, Quentin Tarantino and Alejandro González. I guess the main challenge is to create a film on the same level and represent a new generation of young people at the same time.

     

    How do you incorporate the SteadyMaker Stabilizer in to your shoots?

    Photo_002The SteadyMaker SMG stabilizer is a great affordable tool for any dynamic shots where you need compact equipment. You can take it on the trip and use it on location. There’s a few different shooting options on the SMG EXTREME model… with one main handle or two detachable handles for extra stability which is great in case if you need some different options. The best way is to check out my behind the scenes video where you will find some examples of work below…

     

    Any shooting tips or tricks for using the stabilizer?

    I had a chance to make small extra tuning to the stabilizer via Bluetooth and SimpleBGC with help of alocal engineer. But only some small adjustments. The best tip: if you don’t know how to set up your stabilizer on a software level — don’t do this, better to find a local professional who you will help to make it right. When you are running like crazy on the shoot with a stabilizer and camera — some screws may need extra attention and fixing in the end. It’s not only the case of this particular stabilizer. Any equipment needs а proper attitude and extra attention sometimes. Also, I’d recommend to use the carrying case that comes with stabilizer for transportation, it will be much safer for the gear. Everything else is totally up to you in terms of creativity. Watch your favorite film and try to reproduce similar camera movements. Try to start with ‘follow mode’, using a wide-angle lens and keep moving forward with your ideas.

     

    What do you hope to achieve in the future?

    The future is bright and we all hope for the best!  Personally I want to create new videos using SteadyMaker with more crazy shots, but if I tell you all the details now  — I might lose the impact. So let’s just keep working. There are a lot of projects and ideas behind Mask Movement nowadays, including video, art and music. I’d recommend to follow us on your social media. There you will find all our exclusive news first. Once again, I’d like to say thanks to SteadyMaker for providing their gear. This cooperation is a good example of a positive creative exchange. So let’s think more about how to help each other. Let’s inspire each other and let’s make our future better together.

     

    This has been the second in a series of articles about ‘The SteadyMakers’ – The people who use our stabilizers, and give them a platform to talk about their work. If you want to be considered for a future feature about how you use your stabilizer in your work, and to showcase your talents, drop me a line at steadymakerhelp@gmail.com. I would love to feature your work!

     

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  • The SteadyMakers Profiles: Kye Rowley

    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.

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    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?

    kye_derbySharing 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?

    12825885_1743437669210969_199888414_nI 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.

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