Presentation workshop by Drew Janes from DEFY on their G-5 & G-2 camera gimbals. He explained and demonstrated how and why to use their products in a very informative talk. Here is a front row view of his talk.
Defy on Vimeo: vimeo.com/defyproducts
Drew Janes is President and CEO of Relentless, Inc., a film and digital media company based in Phoenix, Arizona. Drew began Relentless, Inc. in 2005 with just a single camera and a goal to tell his clients stories to the world. Years later, after having grown a large client list that ranged from small non-profit organizations to multinational companies, Drew began to utilize small remote controlled multirotors to capture aerial film and photography that was otherwise impossible to obtain. Due to an overwhelming response from his film constituents, he began custom building multirotors for filmmakers for aerial cinematography.
From his broad experience with multirotors, Drew found weaknesses in the market’s available equipment, and he moved into designing and building his own gimbal systems for enhanced quality. As a pioneer in designing and building brushless gimbals, a transition to stabilize cameras for cinematographers was the obvious next step. Known as DEFY, these gimbals are a handheld camera stabilizing device that allows camera operators of any skill level to use for producing smooth, steady results. These gimbals feature three different models that are easy to balance, strong design, yet a price point that fits into the budget of nearly every artist. The heartbeat behind the Defy Gimbal line can be heard in the phrase, “built BY filmmakers, FOR filmmakers”.
Today, Drew is dedicated to developing additional products, continuing to expand his team, while supporting his brands and products worldwide. He prides himself on staying connected with the end users, and remains committed to the goal that he will strive to make further innovative products that can be leveraged to tell his client’s stories with greater depth and truth.
This training workshop was part of a very informative Training Event featuring an exciting array of Sony 4K and HD production cameras and equipment. They had a huge selection of sliders, jibs and stabilizers along with the latest generation of LED production lighting fixtures. invaluable shooting tips from industry experts in hands-on workshops featured Alister Chapman, Brian Young, Drew Janes and manufacturer’s reps.
Sony CineAlta & Vistek Event and Workshop: Lights. Camera. Action.
Workshops: Friday, December 13, 2013
Location: SIRT at Pinewood Toronto Studios
Brands represented at the Event
Sony • Optitek • Convergent Design • Fujinon • Canon • Tiffen • Lowel • Arri • Rotolight • Zylight • Fiilex • Litepanels • Kino Flo • Kessler • Cinevate • Varavon • Steadicam • Shape Rigs • DEFY and more TBA.
Manufacturers Reps at the Event
Sony • Tiffen • Steadicam • Lowel • Fujinon • Canon • DEFY • Cinevate • Zeiss - Shape & others TBD
New products at the Event
Sony - PXW-Z100/FDR-AX1 & A7 DSLR • Convergent Design - Oddyssey 7Q
• Cinevate - Duzzi2• Rotolight Anova 2 • Fillex P180 • DEFY G5 and G2 Gimbals … and more
Sponsored by Vistek and Sony of Canada Ltd - Co Sponsored by SIRT, SIM Digital and Bling
DEFY is a U.S. startup that is building a new generation of gyro stabilizing devices, ideal for portable production cameras. Meet the brilliant minds behind the industry’s newest and most innovative handheld camera stabilization devices. For example, the G5 Gimbal handheld camera stabilizer from DEFY delivers extremely stable footage in a mobile, affordable, and lightweight design. As a filmmaker, learn how the G5 and its little brother the G2 will expand your shot list, and help you explore new ways of telling your story.
Buy “TimeScapes: Special Edition” here: TimeScapes.org/products
Includes Tom’s Director Commentary, Behind the Scenes Feature,
Productions Stills, and Behind the Music.
Available in resolutions from DVD to 4K.
In 1980 Shanghai had no skyscrapers. It now has at least 4,000 — more than twice as many as New York. ‘This is Shanghai’ explores the diversities and eccentricities of the metropolis that is Shanghai going beyond the famous skyline.
Photographer Rob Whitworth and urban identity expert JT Singh joined forces combining deep city exploration and pioneering filmmaking. ‘This is Shanghai’ is a roller coaster ride seamlessly weaving between the iconic, sparkling and mismatched buildings of the financial district travelling by boat and taxi touring Shanghai’s impressive infrastructure whilst glimpsing some of the lesser-known aspects of Shanghai life such as the lower stratum areas or the stunning graffiti of Moganshan road. And of course there is the opportunity to try some of the vast variety of street food and Shanghai’s most popular homegrown delicacy, the pan-fried pork dumplings, the shengjian bao.
Wherever you travel in Shanghai the cities skyline is always present. The looming silhouette of the almost constructed Shanghai Tower now dominates and perfectly encapsulates the new heights this city is yet to reach. Once completed, in 2014, it will be the tallest building in China and the second tallest in the world after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
To understand the city, the team carried out rigorous urban exploration. In the words of JT “we walked, walked and walked, the Jane Jacobs way”. Weibo, China’s main social media platform was used to ask local Shanghainese people to share ideas of different vantage points and what they thought were the over-riding characteristics of the city. Stealth and curiosity were required to find and gain access to rooftops and locations. It became addictive for the team discovering breath-taking vantage points of the city. There was always an adrenaline rush upon reaching the top of a different building to see the vast urban jungle of Shanghai.
Rob Whitworth (robwhitworth.co.uk/) is a creative time lapse photographer from the UK based in Asia. His previous videos, ‘Traffic in Frenetic HCMC’ and ‘Kuala Lumpur DAY-NIGHT’ have received international attention including being short listed for 7 film festivals, and have had received well over 2 million online views.
JT Singh (jtsingh.com/) has explored hundreds of emerging cities around the world and is a next generation thinker about the value and impact of 21st century cities. Having grown up in Toronto JT is now based in China. He explains:
“The over-riding reason we made this video was to creatively show the world visually how China is rising, in particular Chinese cities. Just as New York City exemplified the strengths and ambitions of emerging America in the 20th century, Shanghai, perhaps more than any old or emerging rival, will personify the power and dreams of rising Asia in the 21st century.”
A ThrillingCities Production - thrillingcities.com
Engineering cutting-edge Identities for Cities on the Rise
Copyright all images Rob Whitworth 2013 - robwhitworth.co.uk | Soundtrack used under license Artist ‘Subscape’ Track ‘Shanghai’ © submergedmusic
This timelapse video is a collection of footage shot over the last year and a half around the western half of the United States. The shots ranged from very different locations. From Montana to Arizona and most weren’t easy to get to but of course that makes them worth going to. The locations captured ranged in temps of 100 degrees to -9 degrees and in elevations of 12,000 feet to 225 feet below sea level. It took over 15,000 captured still images to make this video.
The TB3 eMotimo that I used along with the Dynamic Perception Stage Zero was a huge help in getting some of these shots.
Music: “Journey to the Line” Artist: Hans Zimmer
There will be a follow up video to this one that will cover the urban aspect.
Part two of my time lapse series dealing with clouds and the things clouds do. All my time lapses are 4k compatible!
PLEASE BE AWARE: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS SEQUENCES OF FAST, BRIGHT FLASHES. IF YOU ARE PRONE TO HAVING SEIZURES DUE TO FLASHING LIGHT, PLEASE CONSIDER NOT WATCHING THIS VIDEO.
Part one of the series was calm and quiet. Part two kicks it up a notch, featuring wind, lightning, shelf clouds and super-cells.
Music: “Breathe the Sun”, Robbero remix.
Find it at: ccmixter.org/files/Robbero/40504
Special thanks to my family for allowing me to get out there! Also, thanks to Logan for being a great guide, he was with me for many of these clips.
Meet Jack English, a 93-year-old legend who lives in a cabin isolated deep in the Ventana Wilderness.
While on a hunting trip he learned that an old homestead in the Ventana Wilderness was being put up for auction by the estate of a childless heiress. He put a bid on the property and won. On the land he built a small cabin using materials from the land and milling trees by hand. When his wife passed away, Jack effectively left “society” and moved to the cabin full time.