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Santee Shoot Stays Smooth with Vinten Vision blue5

Shooting in an old box warehouse in Chicago for the Lauren Santee music video “Let Down” provided some challenges for producer/director Kevin Otterness, but it gave him the opportunity to try out the Vinten Vision blue5 pan and tilt head.

(L-R) Singer Lauren Santee, 1st AC Jeremy Widen, 2nd AC Aaron Michael Mills, director/DP Kevin Otterness. Photo by Eric Benson.

“From the original wood floors to the old-fashioned light fixtures, this location had everything we were looking for in terms of the overall look and feel for the video,” he says. “One of the challenges was getting into those old, tight hallways and corners with the camera. Having the Vision blue5 on set helped us get into those areas with ease.”

Otterness shot with a Canon EOS C300 and a variety of lenses. The Vision blue5 handled the shooting package deftly. “The Vision blue5 is lightweight and easy to move around on set. The drag, pan and tilt are very smooth and it has a great counterbalance range.”

This is Otterness’ first use of Vinten. During preproduction he was searching for a system that would support a fully rigged cine-style camera and “would be able to handle the normal abuse that comes with working on a set day after day. As a director and DP on this music video, I wanted something that could easily go from a whip pan to a nice smooth tilt movement. The ‘infinitely variable’ LF drag system was perfect—and a must for me when shooting a music video.”