Sachtler’s Video 20 and Speed Lock CF Tripod Speeds the Way for Freddie Wong’s Video Game High School Web Series

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Last Updated: October 24, 2013 2:55 am GMT
(Shelton, Connecticut--October 24, 2013) Everything Freddie Wong touches these days turns to gold. A filmmaker, musician, VFX technician and competitive gamer, he has created game-changing productions that draw millions of viewers on three wildly popular YouTube Channels, freddiew, freddiew2 and Node. So, when he took his hit web series, Video Game High School, into its second season, he upped the anti. “We knew we were going to do a couple of ‘firsts’ for web projects,” he says. “As far as we can tell we are the first web series to release TV length episodes as well as the first web series to shoot at 48 frames-per-second. Season 2 consists of six 30-minute long episodes.


Sachtler’s Video 20 and Speed Lock CF Tripod Speeds the Way for Freddie Wong’s Video Game High

“When we started prep, we knew that we would be moving fast and have a lot of action. We needed a camera package that would keep up. We chose a RED Epic and RED Scarlet as well as almost every camera out there – from GoPro Hero 3 to the BlackMagic Cinema camera. Our DP, Jon Salmon, introduced us to Sachtler’s Speed Lock CF saying it would probably be the only tripod that I would ever like – and he was right. Pairing it with the Sachtler Video 20 head was a perfect match for our needs.

“The Speed Lock is lightweight and durable but most importantly – the single point of manipulation to extend the two-stage legs means that it is FAST,” he says. “Small adjustments to height are no longer giant three-person affairs – a single operator can adjust the camera by themselves. You never realize how annoying and how much time is eaten up with other two stage systems. He was right – it is the best set of tripod legs I’ve ever had the pleasure of using.”

VGHS is unique, in that giant chunks of every episode are dedicated to action sequences. “We pride ourselves in making our action cinematic and in order to rise above cookie-cutter coverage, you have to be fast and efficient. The Speed Lock CF was invaluable in this regard. We shot our entire sequences in a single night or single day of shooting – and without the Speed Lock we couldn’t have made our days. The efficiency it affords really adds up, which translates to faster pace on set, which translates to more energy on screen from our actors, which translates to, in the end--a more vibrant final product.”

Wong and Salmon would often find themselves in situations where they swapped the heavier A-camera setup with the B-camera setup between sticks and handheld. “The Speed Lock and Video 20 combo was robust enough to handle either camera comfortably,” Wong says. “That let us move quickly, especially on a night when we had a single night to cover an incredibly complex drift racing sequence. We were able to hop back and forth depending on what camera needed to be covering what without having to lug around multiple tripods. It is literally the only tripod out there that can keep up with our breakneck pace.”

Ready to support payloads up to 88 lbs (40 kg), The Speed Lock CF is the ideal companion for 100mm heads like the Sachtler Video 20. The operator simply releases the three easy to reach clamps and the Speed Lock CF is ready for action. Carbon fiber construction ensures minimal load free weight and increases stability and twist resistance.

Freddie Wong and his RocketJump.com is an action comedy production house specializing in VFX shots on YouTube (youtube.com/Freddiew) as well as web series like VGHS. The first season of the series received over 5 million subscribers and a billion video views. The second season is currently playing on YouTube and RocketJump.com and season 3 will start production in early 2014.

About Sachtler
Sachtler, founded in 1958 by cameraman Wendelin Sachtler, is a worldwide market leader for professional camera support systems for cinematography and television production, its name a symbol of top quality and reliability for decades. With an extensive range of camera support systems as well as a finely modulated product line of reportage lighting, Sachtler is the highly qualified partner for broadcast and film applications. Since 2000 Sachtler has been offering the artemis modular camera stabilizer system. With its numerous workshops and training sessions, the Wendelin Sachtler Academy has become a top address worldwide for invaluable know-how and the exchange of information, creating the ideal international platform for creative talents. Along with other leading brands in the broadcast and professional videographer industry, Sachtler is part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company. For more information on Sachtler, visit http://www.sachtler.com

About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

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