On the beach
Hotel room, beach, spa, or pool – on a Mediterranean island, Max recently shot a short promotional film for a website for various hotel facilities. “The website’s visitors need to see how nice the hotels and the adjoining beaches are,” the cameraman said. “On the island of Crete, we climbed a ways up the cliff and shot the beautiful landscape from there. When you do something like that, have a tripod system with carbon legs that weighs only 5.2 kg is a big advantage.” Back at the beach, the carbon tripod was quick to set up. “The quick-release clip fastener allows setup of the three-stage tripod with only three hand movements. The FSB 6 T’s practical Touch & Go camera plate, the entire camera assembly is ready to go in seconds, and I can go on shooting right away.”
On the plane
Some projects don’t allow Max the freedom of movement he had in Crete. For instance, he had to take aerial shots directly from the open door of a plane for a video about the Sinsheim and Speyer Technical Museum. “That was spectacular and a challenge, especially because the airplane itself handled like a museum piece. I had to be strapped in, and the tripod was lashed down securely. The precisely aligned rubber feet held it steady, and I had my shots in no time,” said Max of the shooting in Sinsheim. For other aerial shots, the DP uses drones carrying the Blackmagic Pocket Camera, for instance, in stabilized suspension brackets.
On a container ship
Seen from the outside, a container ship like the Liniati Safmarine, with its 50,000 GRT, appears spacious. Things are different inside: cramped cabins, steep stairs, hot galleys, and loud engine rooms. In addition the tight spaces, there is a tight schedule. Mooring or casting off, in the pilot boat or on the bridge, at the machine control station or at the oven with the ship’s cook – there is almost always only one chance to capture these desirable motifs and actions. That means that not only must every movement count, but additional factors must also be taken into consideration, such as the changing lighting, the unavoidable vibrations, and the fact that you are very often in someone’s way. During all this, Max’s Sachtler remained eminently reliable.
“The tripod system is very compact, and the quick clip system allows it to be completely folded up with a single hand movement. The clips conveniently open six fasteners. That is very practical when I’m supposed to be everywhere at once in a documentation,” Max says. The DP uses his camera to capture behind-the scenes shots of the festivities on German Unity Day, 2013. First, a bird’s-eye view from a helicopter, then right to more shooting on the ground. “The light carbon tripod allows me to carry it myself and quickly move among the various locations.” About equipment, he has come to this conclusion: “For me, there is no alternative: Other tripod systems are too unstable, too heavy, and not as reliable.”