Canon DSLR Video Users Group

A campy horror flick directed by Cameron Abdo, Produced by Dylan Gravley, Edited by Matt Gorbachov, and shot by me.

It was a good learning experience, for sure. I had never tried anything like this before. And it was also the first time I had operated a Steadicam in a production environment. We shot the two major Steadicam shots that begin and end the film on the very first day, and it nearly killed me. Art Department could only destroy the kitchen twice, so we had to get it right on the first take for both shots. We rehearsed nearly 15 times, and the two shots ended up taking roughly 3 hours to shoot.

But I would say the greatest lesson of this production, and something that all DSLR owners need to hear, is that Redrock produces some of the cheapest and most frustrating crap for HD DSLRs on the market. Never ever EVER buy ANYTHING from Redrock. Buy Cinevate. Always. They are amazing. The Redrock mattebox broke on the very first day, two days after purchasing it. Then later that day, another piece of the Redrock rig broke. And then that night we found out that they don't grant refunds. Perfect. Great way to run a business.

All in all, I'm glad I did it, and for being shot in 4 days on a micro budget, I think we created something of value. And the crew was awesome - they all worked their hardest to make a quality product, regardless of our limitations.

Canon 5D Mark II

Canon 17-40mm f/4
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8
Canon 50mm f/1.8 FD
Vivitar 70-300 f/2.8 FD

Cinevate Durus Follow Focus
Redrock DSLR Baseplate
Redrock microMattebox Deluxe

Steadicam Pilot AA
Bogen Manfrotto 351MVB Tripod Legs
Bogen Manfrotto 501HDV Video Fluid Head


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