OConnor’s 1030D a Novel Choice for "Wilfred"

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Last Updated: October 30, 2013 12:55 am GMT
(Burbank, California--October 30, 2013) “When I was on The Office, we started off with the traditional three man tripod and head set up” says Randall Einhorn, cinematographer turned producer/director. “We had great support but it simply took too much time and manpower to set up. So, I started looking around and realized that the OConnor 1030D with the CF tripod could be the solution.


Rt to left, Kurt Jones, DP; Tim Arasheben, C Camera Operator; Don Carlson, C Camera Assistant on Wilfred.

“When I moved to Wilfred, that set up was even more critical,” Einhorn adds. “The smaller weight and one-man-band set up can handle the heavier long lens work, and still allows the operator to literally pick up the camera package and move to the next shot, without needing to rebalance.”

Wilfred is a funny, dark comedy that really pushes the boundaries of television,” adds the show’s Director of Photography, Kurt Jones. “It’s fun, edgy and we do a lot interesting stuff, photography-wise. The writing is witty and sharp, and Randall Einhorn’s directing really moves the show and tells funny stories.

“The challenge for operating, which previously was my position since the pilot, are many,” he explains. “I don’t think the industry realizes that this show is 100% DSLR! We shoot with three Nikon D800s and routinely use the Nikkor 500mm 1.2 lens. We cross shoot every scene and use three cameras most of the time. Staying out of each other’s shots and still making it interesting with cinematic frames, is tough at times.”

For Jones, it’s the quality that OConnor brings to the table that gives him, as a cinematographer (and operator) piece of mind, especially when he rigs a DSLR camera cine-style. “While Wilfred is primarily a handheld show, we do quite a bit of long lens work which requires a fluid head,” he explains. “That’s where the OConnor heads come in. When we use the heavier Nikkor lenses for a long ‘oner’, we need to know the head will be smooth. OConnor’s 1030D with the CF tripod system handles the weight with ease and does exactly what we need a head to do.

“As Randall showed us, we can literally pick up the camera package, move to another position, and shoot quickly. The smaller size and ball leveling of the head, along with the lightweight CF sticks makes this easy. So do the OConnor lightweight matteboxes,” he adds. “They performed perfectly all season.”

“And they allow the camera team to do the 30-40-50-even 60 set ups a day, moving quickly and efficiently,” adds Einhorn. “We also like the mid-level spreaders, since we shoot on location a lot, and need to be sure our set ups are safe and well balanced at a moment’s notice.”

Wilfred is not only fast-paced in front of the camera but also behind. The quick shooting schedule means that Jones and team have to be spot on every time. “I remember one day where we were shooting the finale of the season,” he says. “We had a crane and were doing a lot of our usual long lens stuff. Of course, we ended up in a ‘run and gun’ situation and the size and quickness of set up of the OConnor 1030D really helped the camera crew out.

Designed to give the ultimate control and stability, the 1030D shares most of the same features and controls as the standard-sized OConnor 2575 and 2065 fluid heads. The compact 1030D also offers a unique crank-style counterbalance and Action Brakes for pan and tilt that unlock through a single-handed squeeze, while the drag system ensures constant control. The 30L carbon fiber tripod is lightweight, yet solid and stable.

“I’ve done almost 300 episodes of television alone and I can’t imagine a show without an OConnor head on it,” Jones adds. During the break from Wilfred, Jones took on another project, the new WB network series The Originals, which shoots in Atlanta, Georgia.

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About OConnor
OConnor has been the choice of professional cinematographers since the invention of the fluid head 60 years ago by founder Chad O’Connor. OConnor’s award-winning fluid heads are known for their smooth feel, fluid movement and intuitive control. Designed for film-style shooting, each facilitates seamless transition when changing payloads and offers stepless, ultra-smooth pan & tilt fluid drag for maximum control. In addition to fluid heads and tripods, OConnor offers a growing line of camera and lens accessories engineered to fill the needs of today’s fast-paced camera work. The line includes the CFF-1 and new O-Focus DM follow focus systems for cine and still photo lenses, the award-winning O-Box WM mattebox, innovative O-Grip handgrip system and the Universal Baseplate. OConnor products are respected and trusted by individual users and rental houses worldwide for their reliability, longevity and toughness.

Along with other leading brands in the broadcast industry, OConnor is part of the Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company. For more information on OConnor, visit http://www.ocon.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 Bags, 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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