Michael Snyder from Interdependent Pictures - a production company that specializes in creating films to help socially conscious organizations tell their stories - sent over this film he shot with Aviator Camera Gear. Mike recently used the Aviator Travel Jib and Red Rocket Slider while filming a documentary in the Indian Himalaya. The project called for a one-man production and long days of hiking through steep terrain in a variety of weather conditions. "I found the Aviator gear to be excellently designed for the task. Both the jib and the slider fit comfortably within the backpack (a F-Stop Satori). Both pieces of gear were lightweight, quick to set up and functioned well even in adverse conditions... wind, snow, rain and heat. The build quality on both items is superb and after several weeks of heavy use, I see hardly any sign of wear. I am impressed with the footage and will certainly be using these on my next adventure production." Even though the airline lost his set of Travel Tracks, he wasn't stranded. Thanks to the Rocket's ability to work with various diameters and types of track, Mike and his mountain guide, Ravi, were able to find pipes in the small mountain town of Dharamsala. A big thanks to Mike for sharing his work and story with us! Share your work with us! Get in touch through our contact page.
Broadcast Journalist TSgt Nicholas Kurtz, United States Air Force, shared this impressive video he shot with the Aviator Travel Jib: "BLUE Episode 2- From Ground to Air." When I invented the Aviator Travel Jib it never occurred to me one day it would be used by the United States Air force. So to see it used to capture a pilot getting into the cockpit of one of the newest, most advanced airplanes ever created makes me feel pretty incredible. When asked what Kurtz thought of using the Aviator Travel Jib he said, "It was my first time using ANY jib. Very easy to set up and get amazing footage right away. Thanks for a great product!" He told me they're putting together a BTS of them shooting on the flightline with the Aviator. I can't wait to see it! Check out the full episode:
The folks over at The Muir Project sent me this beautiful piece and said they enjoyed using their Aviator Travel Jib on a recent trip to the Sequoia National Forest. This is the perfect example of a situation where you wouldn't have been able to get jib shots just a few years ago. Thanks to the light weight and pro features of The Aviator Travel Jib, now you can. Watch the video below. http://vimeo.com/themuirproject/mtr
Sean Liliani, incredibly talented filmmaker and reporter for Canada's The Globe and Mail, sent over the latest videos he's produced with the help of the Aviator Travel Jib and Rocket Slider dolly. First we have a 30 second spot Sean made of beautiful bamboo houses in Bali. Sean said, "The Aviator Travel Jib was really great for giving a sense of space with those interior shots." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMKeh2DBJto This 3+min short doc also shot in Bamboo City (Bali) is packed with beautiful Aviator Jib shots. It's also a fascinating mini doc. Check it out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myKhQAPi9_0 Here's a link to a story he shot about a cupcake entrepreneur, using his Aviator Camera Gear to help get some really nice looking establishing shots. Sean told me he loves his Aviator Camera Gear. Well we love his filmmaking! Great work, Sean. Thanks for sharing! If you'd like to share work you've made with your Aviator Camera Gear go here and get in touch.
Mike Snyder, award winning filmmaker from Interdependent Pictures shot this music video that almost exclusively used the Aviator Travel Jib and Rocket Slider combo. Mike said, "The setup was a dream to work with." Thanks Mike!
Glenn McKenna from Float Deck Films took his MoVI gimbal stabilizer and mounted it to an inverted Aviator Travel Jib. Then his stuck it out the back of his convertible. Sound crazy? Wait until you see the behind the scenes video he put together. Buy your Aviator Travel Jib now!
Glasgow based Indie filmmaker Todd Weller and Rocket Travel Slider user just sent us this great short film he shot with the Rocket, Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Redrock Micro Mattebox, and the Rode smartLav. He even put together a great BTS. What a great guy! Thanks Todd!!! Todd told us, "I have done some traveling and filming in the past which motivated me to look for a high quality slider that doesn't weigh a ton, is sturdy, and can pack up nicely into other bags when necessary. Having a piece of equipment like this really opens up the creative possibilities in my personal and professional filmmaking projects. The build quality is great. The tracks are incredibly lightweight, but solid." Todd's film (& then BTS below): Want to share your films shot with Aviator Camera Gear with or without BTS? Go right ahead! Share.
Super talented shooter Glenn McKenna from Float Deck Films took his MoVI gimbal stabilizer and mounted it to an inverted Aviator Travel Jib. Then his stuck it out the back of his convertible. How did it go? Glenn said, "It was pretty simple and worked very well." He's going to send over some footage once he's finished his cut and I'll post it here on our blog. But for now, here's a shot of the set up. If you try this set up it is at your own risk as I'm guessing it's over the recommended max weight. I can't wait to try out this setup myself! Now I just need a MoVI and a convertible. :)
Alabama Wedding Videographer Ben Allen was looking for an edge to help him stand out in a crowded market. That's why he put his money on The Aviator Travel Jib and went to work. Ben has been putting his Aviator Travel Jib in action for almost a year now. So what does he think about integrating it into his wedding shoots? Here's what he said, "After searching the web endlessly looking through review after review I kept coming back to the Aviator Travel Jib. Starting out as an amateur videographer in my area I was looking for that 'One Thing' that would set me apart. 'One Thing' that could take my productions to new levels. I know that it takes skill and practice to truly master a craft. Photography and Videography are no different. However having the right tools makes it a lot easier! So that 'One Thing' ended up being able to capture shots that no one else in my area was doing. "I remember the excitement I felt when I unboxed the Aviator Travel Jib! I remember how easy it was to setup, how easy it was for me to hike out to a local stream and start shooting. Within Minutes I was capturing sweeping boom movements from the surface of the running water to the tips of green tree leaves. I was using the Jib to pan and follow the local kayakers as they floated downstream. People walking the trail were so interested because they had never seen something like that out in the woods hovering over the water’s edge. "I know that when I show up to a shoot whether indoors or out and unpack my gear the Aviator Travel Jib is that 'One Thing' that gets the most attention, it gets the best and most unforgettable shots. Folks always comment on how cool it is and how neat it is that I just pulled a huge 'crane' out of a little bag. I enjoy the attention but I really enjoy the results. So even on short day trips, extended vacations, weddings, commercials or live events the Aviator Travel jib does a fantastic job of making sure the 'One Thing' you capture is truly unique and amazing!” Thanks Ben! Check out one of Ben's recent wedding videos, it's hard to believe he's only been shooting for a short time: Send us your Aviator Travel Jib videos - http://www.aviatorcameragear.com/submit/
Vincent Boudewijn of Viewgate Digital sent me this music video he made in part with The Aviator Travel Jib of the Netherlands based group Klapband. The whole video is shot with a Panasonic GH3 and looks great. Very cinematic. Here's what Vincent said about The Aviator Travel Jib, "Because of our tight schedule were happy that we could set the jib up quickly. It's so amazing that the classic jib camera move has become so portable and fast to set up!" Thanks Vincent! A word of warning: If you don't like hearing the "F" word and/or a bunch of words in Dutch that may or may not also be curses, don't watch. Otherwise hit play and enjoy. Where in the world are you using your Aviator Travel Jib? Send us links to your Aviator Travel Jib videos here: http://www.aviatorcameragear.com/submit/