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.


Reed Short Film Competition 2014

2014 got off to an exciting start with my main project in January being a personal short film project for the 2014 Short Film Competition.

The theme this year was ‘Family Business‘ and myself, fellow filmmaker Thomas Mould and Carmel Hannant (who also stars in the film) came up with a comedy script entitled ‘Success is Relative’. We shot the whole thing in a day and I then edited the film over the space of a fortnight to meet the competition’s 22nd January deadline. The finished film is now up online and available to view!

We were proud to make the selection of 50 longlisted films for the competition but unfortunately did not make the shortlist of 12 announced in early April. Nevertheless we are still incredibly proud of what we achieved and hope you enjoy!

The stars of the film are: Andromeda Godfrey, Tom Bonington, Heather Skermer, Carmel Hannant, Matt Downton and Lucas Rushby (an 8 year old acting prodigy in my opinion!)