The video above showcases the features, assembly and use of the Kessler Shuttle Pod Mini.
The Kessler Shuttle Pod Mini is a smaller, easier to transport version of the original Shuttle Pod. It is about half the size and half the weight of its big brother, yet still provides the versatility needed to get the manual or motorized shot you require.
In the kit seen in the video, 6’ of track was used. However, the track sections are available in 2’, 3’ and 4’ lengths and can be connected end to end to achieve any length desired. It is recommended that you support the track at least every 4’.
Your base kit includes the Shuttle Pod Mini cart, the desired mounting insert, two end clamps with knobs one section of rail. There are many optional accessories you can purchase to build your kit as desired – including a motor kit and rail extensions.
In this film, I explore an abandoned grain elevator in Saskatchewan, Canada. I also showcase four different ways in which you can accomplish push/pull moves without seeing the track in the shot when using Kessler Crane Gear. Below is a 3 Minute Short I shot utilizing some of these methods. I have also included the quick start guide video at the bottom of the post.
***NOTE: I only showcase a few different methods in which you can accomplish these moves as there are many configuration options.
There are a variety of configurations in which you are able to accomplish push or pull moves using Kessler Crane Gear. These can be accomplished by one of four methods; Angles, Tighter Lenses, Height, or Length. In this post, I will show you a few ways in which you can configure your gear to accomplish these moves without seeing the track in your shots.
There are two ways in which you can use angles to keep the track out of the shot. You can either slightly tilt the camera up to frame the camera out or have your track on an angle. To do this, lower the front of the track and raise the back of the track. This method is effective no matter the length of your track.
Using Tighter Lenses
A simple way in which to keep the track out of the shot is by using a tighter lens. However, if you are wanting to shoot with a wider lens and want to keep the camera parallel with the horizon, you will have to use either the angle or length options.
Raising the camera off of the track will give you more flexibility when framing your shot. As a point of reference, if shooting with a 3 foot Cineslider with your camera raised up one foot, you can use a 24mm lens on a full frame camera and not see the track when your camera is pointed straight forward.
This method depends on the length of your track. If you are shooting with a longer track and want to have the camera parallel with the horizon, you will either have to use the angle or length options.
Using Length Extensions
Using length extensions is the most versatile option. In situations where you are wanting to push into something, such as a car window, this method allows you to do this. One thing to be cautious of however is that if there is a wind, movement may become present so keep an eye on your camera so there is no undesired movement.