Matthews Studio Equipment announces that the first shoot with their new DC-Slider has been a resounding success. MSE’s long-time friend and customer Na’alehu Anthony of Paliku Documentary Films literally took the first DC-Slider off the floor at NAB 2011 and he’s been adding a whole new dimension to his Hawaii-based productions since.
First up; a walk through the lava fields for a travel show that airs on the CBS affiliate. “I’m a jib operator by trade,” says Anthony. “But often times we encounter a shoot where the jib just isn’t right. Either we have to move over a lot of ground or get into tight spots – or more.
“When I saw the DC-Slider, I knew that it would do everything a jib could, and couldn’t do, and more,” he says enthusiastically. “It’s the mechanics that sold me. How you can balance a camera three feet in one direction and not have the tripod slip. And, it has a dolly function, a jib, and more. It sets up quickly, moves and balances really easily. You can make so many different moves quickly, without having to make people wait around for you to set up.”
A great plus for the travel show Passport Hawaii, where Anthony and his small crew were charged to go to various “unseen Hawaii” locations. “Shooting with DC-Slider in the lava fields was amazingly creative and easy,” he says. “I would have never considered tying to drag a jib out to the lava fields but after trying out the slider, I just carried rig on my shoulder and hiked it in. It allowed us movement in the frame at a VERY remote location.”
Anthony sees far reaching changes in how shooters capture everything from documentary productions like this to small industrials and interviews and more. “Often times we don’t have the budget for movement like a jib creates,” he says. “However, because DC-Slider is so small, efficient, and does multiple jobs, it makes sense to bring it out to a job. I’m already beginning to experiment with the equipment, on interviews for example. I can change the frame and most important, bring movement to something that is so static. Bring it into the classroom, and I can move past teachers and students and add life to the story we are documenting.
“From now on, MSE’s DC-Slider goes everywhere with us – whether it’s covering unknown territory in the wilds or opening up walk-and-talks and static conversations in a closed in environment. The DC-Slider is changing the face of our productions.”
Na’alehu Anthony’s Passport Hawai can be seen on CBS locally.