Yesterday’s post about this Epson ad caused quite a stir. Definitely was one of my most read blog posts this year. The discussion raised an interesting topic: has the advent of steadicams and jibs at weddings taken the art form too far? Some would say that the stunning results are worth the slight intrusion. Others argue that the sanctity of the day is diminished with one or two people flying around with steadicams, let alone a jib flying in over the guests (a jib is a mini-camera crane). Are they necessary?
By far one of the foremost authorities on the topic is Patrick Moreau of StillMotion from Canada. So much so that Canon hired him and his team to drive around the country on a bus teaching other filmmakers how to use it (among other great topics). But even Patrick has admitted that one of his most viewed videos (and their work tends to get tens of thousands of views from filmmakers all over the world), was the first wedding they shot entirely with a Canon 7D. It was shot with just one person (Patrick), shooting with two pre-production 7D’s, four lenses, a monopod, a tripod, a camera slider (which was used sparingly during prep shots), and NO external lighting. But the majority of the footage was done with the monopod (see below).
So, if you can do work like this with just one person, a DSLR, and a monopod, why the need for glidecams, steadicams, etc.? (For the record, I’m not asking because I disagree with the use. I use a steaditracker or a Glidecam myself. But, I think it’s a topic worth discussing).
A few things to point out:
- Brides know what they’re getting when they hire these guys, so it’s not like it’s sprung on them.
- Anyone experienced and trained enough to shoot with a steadicam, is also trained enough to stay OUT of the way of the aforementioned photogs in the Epson ad
- The end results are so magnificent, it just may BE worth it.
What say you?