Production of breakthrough gyro-stabilized handheld camera stabilizer ahead of schedule
Freefly Systems says its much-anticipated MōVI M10 camera stabilizer will begin shipping to customers starting August 15 for $14,995. The company also will start taking pre-orders for its new smaller camera stabilizer, MōVI M5, which supports cameras up to 5 lbs.
Since its April introduction, MōVI M10 has garnered a great deal of praise from well-known filmmakers such as JJ Abrams, Alfonso Cuaron, ASC cinematographers, and numerous independent filmmakers.
"We've been hard at work at Freefly since the launch of MōVI at NAB, incorporating all of the feedback from our field tests with filmmakers and camera operators," says Freefly's co-founder Tabb Firchau. Such production model refinements to the MōVI M10 include: widening the camera tray to better accommodate larger camera packages, including the Canon C300 and C500, the RED EPIC with side handle, the Canon EOS 1DC, and the Blackmagic Cinema Camera; new ability to run heavier camera packages than Freefly showed at NAB; and a feature to adjust and balance the camera largely without tools.
"I'm completely sold on the MōVI," said cinematographer Alex Buono, known for his Film Unit work for Saturday Night Live. He recently had a chance to try out the MōVI on set. "It's ability to smoothly pan, tilt or roll remotely while it's being operated allows me the ability to create camera moves that are unlike anything I've ever seen and yet are incredibly easy to execute," added Buono.
For a key shot, the MōVI operator simply held the top handle down at arm's length aimed behind him and ran straight forward, "nolooking" the shot, while the remote operator kept the camera trained on a character's feet and then performed the hard tilt-up to the actor's face from his remote control. "After they nailed the shot on take one, I just stood there with a dumb look on my face," Buono recalled. "'Uh...I guess we should do it again, right?' I asked. So we did another take and they nailed it again. I looked at my watch and realized that at this rate, we were far ahead of schedule, which gave me the opportunity to further finesse the shot, and the luxury to create half a dozen shots instead of just one or two – and in a very rare occurrence for many of my shoots – we finished ahead of schedule."
The new MōVI M10 will start shipping on Aug. 15, 2013 on a first-come-first-served basis to customers who have pre-ordered units. New customers can visit www.freeflysystems.com for more information and place their MōVI M10 pre-orders now at www.movirig.com.
Freefly Systems Also Introduces New Smaller MōVI M5 Rig
Building on its gyro-stabilized MōVI M10 camera rig, Freefly Systems also announces a new smaller, lighter, lower-priced MōVI M5, which will begin shipping in the fourth quarter of 2013 for $4,995. The MōVI M5 camera stabilizer is sized to accommodate most DSLR sized cameras such as the Canon 5D, Panasonic GH2/3, Nikon D800, and Sony A99. With the release of the MōVI M5, Freefly aims to bring big budget camera moves to a wider range of productions.