(Valley Cottage, New York--June 4, 2012) For the quirky feature “Odd Brodsky”, director Cindy Bear and cinematographer Matthew Irving (“Waitress”, “Waiting”) wanted a smooth and lyrical feel that “harkens back to a more classic era of feature films, rather than the reality-show handheld look that is so fashionable right now,” says Irving. “But we also knew we would be in ‘run and gun’ mode most of the time, shooting in practical, and many times cramped, locations.” Irving decided to shoot the project with the small Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 7D cameras, supported by a tripod and fluid head from Sachtler, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company.
“It was clear that our tripod and head needed to be robust and compact,” he adds. Irving called on his favorite Sachtler, the DV 6 SB, which he’s had in his arsenal for the last eight years. “It has supported me on many a challenging shoot,” he adds. It provides the versatility and feel of the larger heads I’ve used for many years, shooting 35mm feature films,” he explains. “At the same time, it is lightweight enough that I was able to hike into a remote park area with the camera and Sachtler slung over my shoulder, in order to grab some beauty shots overlooking Hollywood with minimum crew.”
Irving further states, “The Sachtler Speed Balance technology allowed me to do fast and precise setups, regardless of the camera configuration. Whenever I’m using the smaller DSLR cameras, the weight and balance of the rig will change dramatically, depending on whether I’m using a heavy long lens or a compact prime. Often the lens is heavier than the camera body! With the Sachtler, I could make changes and balance the rig quickly, without losing precious time.”
The quality of the Sachtler fluid head came in particularly handy during what Irving calls his “lyrical” dolly shots. “Due to size limitations of the practical locations, many of these shots were accomplished on a slider rather than an actual dolly,” Irving explains.
“This presented a unique challenge, since the camera operator must execute the move at the fluid head instead of relying on a separate dolly grip, while simultaneously panning and tilting to maintain desired composition. The counterbalance settings on the Sachtler and the smooth drag of the fluid head provided the tools we needed to get the shot right every time.”
“Odd Brodsky”, a quirky comedy about a lovable loser named Audrey Brodsky who quits her steady day job to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming an actress is in post-production. The first assembly is now in place and the project is about to go through sound design and score. The project will begin making select festival rounds later this year.
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