Redrock Micro, the professional dealer in cinema accessories, announced the new One Man Crew, a new class of motorized parabolic slider that operates unattended and delivers elegant cinematic motion. The One Man Crew is particularly effective for individuals and small crews who want their footage to stand out and have the look of being shot by a professional camera crew. The One Man Crew’s compact design, quick setup, push-button ease of use and unattended operation makes it the perfect choice for corporate interviews, documentaries and production/tabletop video.
Leva FilmWorks, a content provider for Warner Bros., Lucasfilm, Universal and others, used the One Man Crew recently as they shot interviews for their documentary celebrating the 75th anniversary of the iconic film The Wizard of Oz. The company regularly shoots interviews with show business giants, from Meryl Streep to Steven Spielberg to Usher.
“Over the years, I’ve learned how to keep interviewees relaxed and comfortable so the shoot becomes all about what they have to say, not the technical requirements of shooting it,” said Gary Leva, president of Leva FilmWorks. “The One Man Crew allows us to enhance our production value in a really elegant way without increasing the size of our on-set crew. It sets up fast, it’s quiet and unobtrusive, and it’s rock-solid reliable.”
Independent director of photography Johnny Derango also had the opportunity to use the One Man Crew.
“In preparation for the release of my new feature film Lost on Purpose, we shot behind-the-scenes interviews with our key cast and crew,” Derango said. “We wanted to do a multi-cam shoot, but with others conducting the interviews and working in tight spaces, it left me alone to run the camera. The One Man Crew took what could have been a boring one-camera shoot and transformed it into a two-camera shoot with beautiful movement that breathed new life into it. Its solid, professional construction and hands-off operation makes it an easy choice.”