Sachtler supports up-and-coming filmmakers in the making of a tragic comedy14 Jun 2012
The face behind gobLIN Pictures Entertainment is a successful young film group from Mainz, who has mostly produced short films since 2005. Recently, "Eine Nacht im November" (Engl.: "A Night in November") was very successful. The 17-minute film is the winner of the Magix Video Friday 2010 and was nominated several times at a variety of youth film festivals. Tom Frey, founder of gobLIN Pictures, fills the roles of screenwriter and camera operator during productions. He is also the director. With every new project, the team has grown, so that the filmmakers from Mainz now also professionally realize more elaborate projects. To shoot "I-di-ot", they had the opportunity to use professional equipment: Tom Frey filmed with a Canon EOS 7D on a Sachtler System 18 S1 ENG 2 MCF.
“I-di-ot” – sensitive and humorous
The film tells the story of two very different brothers. The older one is 22 years old but has the mental capacity of a three-year-old. After the death of his mother, he ends up in a psychiatric facility, as his father does not want to take him into the home he shares with his new family. Finally, it is his brother Colbert who takes care of him and moves into a chaotic shared living arrangement with him. With a lot of sensitivity and humor, the story of how the two brothers master the challenges of every-day life unfolds.
Variety of shooting situations and locations
Filming was done mostly in Mainz, Frankfurt Main, and Wiesbaden. The Sachtler tripod system was used whenever stability and precise, smooth pans were needed. "Whether in the studio or on location, day or night, on the dolly or the camera car, on the water or Germany's highest skyscraper – Sachtler equipment is extremely versatile and perfectly suited for professional filming with video-enabled DSLR cameras," reports Tom Frey.
Smooth pans despite lightweight camera
The Video 18 S1 fluid head offers a payload range of 2 to 18 kg. Its 16 steps enable comfortable and fast counterbalancing. "The Video 18 S1 stabilizes heavy equipment perfectly. For this shoot, however, we were working with a HD-DSLR camera. It is exactly this relatively high mass of the head in combination with the relatively lightweight camera set-up of 3 kg which enabled us to perform extremely precise panning – and this is particularly important when filming with HD-DSLR cameras," emphasizes Frey. "The ENG 2 CF tripod is the optimal addition to the Video 18 S1. It features double extension and Sachtler clamping, which make it child's play to use. During filming, it especially proved itself with its stability. In addition, it also has a practical grip, which makes carrying easier."