Sachtler Ace Accessories: Part 2

Sachtler have now released some really useful videos to show off their Ace Accessories range. These three in-depth videos from Sachtler and Nino Leitner showing how the separate Ace components work.

I wanted to post them here because they demonstrate visually what I have praised the Accessories for most; their intuitive and convenient design.

These videos show just how easy it is to make adjustments to the rig and put it together/take it apart. The single adjustment lever on the follow focus and the quick-change ability of the toothed gear wheel and the friction wheel show how swapping between lenses, whether they’re DSLR or cine lenses, is really fast. It allows you to remain creative and use a variety of lenses with your camera without worrying that you’re holding up the shoot.

These videos also show just how much you’re getting for your money. I think the price of the full kit is around £1000 – for which you’re getting one of the best follow focuses on the market (I say this with 100% confidence having used half a dozen follow focus units in the past, none of which have the control or the smoothness of Sachtler’s) a lightweight and very clever matte box, and a similarly smart baseplate which allows you to use DSLRs, C100/C300, FS100/700, Blackmagic cameras and many others.


Watch this space: Peppermint

5D Mark II, Clapperboard, Film, Movie, ShortSo recently I had the pleasure of working on an excellent short film script written by a friend of mine, Stephan Drury, and as I hadn’t written a post on here in well over a month it seemed a fitting topic to talk about.

The rest of our very talented crew included DoP Teele Killing who I regularly work with as well as David Royse (sound) and Tanya Skinner (makeup). We shot at various locations around Norwich including the University of East Anglia (mine and the lead actor Mark Jackson’s old university), an office inside ITV Anglia and at Stephan’s beautiful rural cottage. Many thanks to ITV, UEA and everyone else who helped out (there were a few runners and lots of extras who must be thanked.)

Needless to say, this was one of the most challenging projects in terms of lighting, not only because we had to work with an unusually sunny forecast but because we started losing light every day around 5pm. Shot mostly on Teele’s 5D Mark II, we managed to shoot in some very low light and difficult-to-reach places (such as Stephan’s rather grotty loft space) which again proved the benefits of using a DSLR. I helped out with lighting and camera and did some B-roll shooting on the 60D.

5DmII Canon 5D Mark 2The film’s fantastic cast were Mark Jackson, Alex Aires and Jacob James Beswick who all excelled in their roles in the film. At this early stage of post-production we can’t let too many cats (or should I say rats) out of the bag but expect to see Peppermint at film festivals and competitions across the UK and beyond!

Also, if you’re looking to hire sound equipment in East Anglia and, like us, have found rental companies are few and far between around here head over to Rookery Productions Facebook page for enquiries; kit includes Rode NTG2 mic/ boom/ dead cat/Edirol R-44 four-input audio recorder/ lav microphones x2 (wired)/Beyerdynamic DT770 headphones: £35/day, £450 deposit +insurance +delivery.