If you have noticed independent video projects looking a little classier, a little cleaner, and a little more professional... You're eyes aren't playing tricks on you, there has just been a lot of advanced tools released for video production in the last year.
Here are the top 3 emerging film tools for independent filmmakers of 2014.
1. Motion Control - Just 5 years ago, a typical independent filmmaker could not afford to rent, let alone own the motion control rigs floating around the industry at that time. Companies like CAMblock and Kessler decided it was time that a smaller, more light weight, and affordable version of these motion control rigs needed to be constructed. And the timing couldn't have more perfect... With the emergence of 4k, we have seen an over all upgrade in the quality of productions.
2. Aerial Photography - If you haven't noticed, more and more videos you see on TV and on the Internet contain far more Ariel shots than were used to seeing. These are the nice long establishing shots circling around a property or event or flying over a crowd of people. The size and weight of the "Drone" ranges between each manufacturer, but all are primarily built the same and require a groundbreaking gimbal that is the magic core of this revolutionary device.
3. Motion Control Steadicam - With the emergence of the 3 axis gimbal and the new wave of motion control technology, we have seen new steadicam rigs that are putting the old steadicam operator out of business. Now what used to be a one man operation with the occasional safety person or focus puller, is now a three man operation with the occasional wrangler. Using wireless controls to pull focus and control the gimbal, the operator simply has to be in the right place, pointed in the right direction, and focusing on movement.
We are seeing much more complicated shot set-ups in Commercials and Films and that is a direct result of the emerging film tools that have recently been created. It's an exciting time to be a filmmaker. Never before have we had this many options at our finger tips and we don't have to brake the bank to gain access to them.