Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Joseph Arthur's new music video shot with iPhones

the making of "over the sun" from rick knief on Vimeo.

Check out this use of six iPhones for musician Joseph Arthur's new music video.  That's one wicked rig.  I've been a fan of JAs for a long time now, and I've always appreciated his compulsion to push the creative envelope in all areas of his music.

For more details on how it was recorded with six iPhones, GO HERE.

< The director Rick Knief built his own custom rig to be able to record the simultaneous views of Joseph Arthur, and then compiled the footage in post into a 16x9 image.  Check Rick out at

< The filmmakers used the iPhone app FILMIC PRO to be able to lock focus and exposure for the music video.

Right now, you can download his new double album REDEMPTION CITY for free on his website

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Product Review: P&C Pistol Grip Handle Rig

If you're looking for an affordable stabilizer rig for an iPhone 4S or small camera (HDSLR or Sony NEX-5N), then I recommend the $59 P & C Pistol Grip Handle Rig.  Basically, this rig is two plastic grip handles with 1/4" x 20 threaded studs for attaching your camera or accessories like a small light and/or microphone.

< The two grip handles can be used by themselves, or attached with the included 11" magic arm.  It's very lightweight, but sturdy enough to stabilize your shot.

< I've attached my LitePanel Micro Light and the Rode VideoMic to the left handle, and my Iphone 4S to the right handle.  In this "Fig Rig" style set up, mobile interviews would be a breeze.  You could easily attach the Zoom H1 to microphone for dual-system recording.  I'm also using the Cool Lux dual bracket for the light and microphone, and the $20 GLIF iPhone mount.  *Please note: You can't plug the microphone directly into the iPhone 4S without an adapter.

< Very small footprint to get your footage.  Don't plug your mic directly into the iPhone 4S.  It won't work.  Make sure you add an adapter between the microphone and iPhone.  If you're not using dual-system sound, see my other blog post about in-camera iPhone sound.

< If you want more stabilization, turn the handles into a line, and gently press the extra handle into your chest.  I actually prefer this set up to the "Fig Rig" set up above.

< The red screw handles make it easy to tighten down your camera or adapters.

< Closeup of x3 adapters to attach the light to the cold shoe adapter.  The red Zacuto Zotshoe, a 1/4"m to 3/8" f bolt, and a 3/8" m to 1/4" m bolt.  This set up is just what I had available in my "Adapter City" bag.  There's lots of options for adapters. Check out B&H Video for some cool adapter stuff.

P&C Pistol Grip Custom Camera Handle from emmagination on Vimeo.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Directing With The Jib Arm - "Taste Nirvana" Show

< So I was able to wrangle my Glidecam CamCrane 200 jib arm on an internet cooking show called "Taste Nirvana."  We shot in a studio, which gave me the perfect opportunity to utilize the vertical and horizontal moves of the jib arm.

< I mounted my 5DMKII on a Manfrotto ball head, and counter-balanced with about 20+lbs on the opposite end of the jib arm.   Very smooth movements, and I was even able to zoom in and out on some shots.  I also did a few rack focus shots, but preferred a diagonal zoom shot, ending on the product.

< Mika and Jack from  This was my first cooking show, and I was drooling with hunger by the end of each episode.  Thanks to Josh Dragotta, Caleb Varnadoe, Ruth Olvido, Kristen Koskella, Josh Steinberg, and Reuben Lim for being a great group of co-workers.

< Vertical move luv.  Jib wrangling, as Jack sets up for a Thai food cooking lesson.  I really want to add a pan/tilt head to give me much more control.