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Vincent Laforet Shoots 5K Infra Red with the Red Epic and MoVI!

Plus three gorgeous Brazilian triplets. But that's not the point here.

Seriously though, I've seen a lot of crazy things done with the Red Epic, but I've never seen it shot without it's IR pass filter. The results are the definition of ethereal. The biggest shocker to me though was that none of these shots, which included a very complicated Handheld to Rope to Handheld shot that looked like a crane shot, were all done without any post-stabilization or complicated steadicam rigs. All of the shots were done using the Movi stabilization system.

According to Vincent Laforet, the Movi rig, which requires much less set up time than a Steadicam, makes short work of some of the most complicated shots that they could think of. In fact, in his article on the short film, Laforet stated that the "game changing" technology came with a drawback, the need to constantly remind yourself that you don't have to make every shot an "epic" one. In other words, it's great as long as it's not overused.

Personally I loved the short and I think that if you can run a bare bones operation and still get hollywood style shots with this new Movi system, this is going to be one of the biggest "game changers" to come out since the RED.

Like the video? Have any experience using a steadicam? We'd love to hear from you in the comments below!

Via Vincent Laforet's Blog

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58 Comments

Anonymous's picture

Laforest is turning into an infomercial!

Mario Ermitikos's picture

show me the money!!

Vincent Laforet's picture

Everyone volunteered on this shoot - it was simply meant to be a fun day of shooting. I think it came off a bit differently unfortunately. It did turn a bit too much into an informercial and I'm making changes as we speak. See post below.

Michael Cary Arellano's picture

What happened to the original video? When I first clicked the link an hour+ ago it was a 7:00 min+ long video, the first shot was of the triplets walking together up a set of stairs. Now it's a 3 min video, am I missing something?

Vincent Laforet's picture

Changed the video to focus on IR which was the original intent.

Michael Cary Arellano's picture

Ahhhh bummer. Would love to see the original one as well, if it's still floating around somewhere? Regardless, GREAT work!! It was a pleasure to hear you speak in Portland a few months back

Vincent Laforet's picture

It will be up shortly on another site. Likely tomorrow due to the holiday.

Simon's picture

I miss the Vincent Laforet I grew to admire and respect looking through the pages of National Geographic. Reverie may have been the door to his more financially prosperous future, but it also led to the demise of his true artistry, in my humble opinion.

disqus_DfCGg2lRTA's picture

Well said. I think he is now equipment priority, instead of the previous creative priority.

Vincent Laforet's picture

I am not guys. Still the same guy here and this was meant to be a fun test shot in one day to try an impossible shot. I'm not crazy the direction this video took. I've been working on two feature projects... as well as a short film. These things take a lot of time. Posts like these are meant to be fun and not taken too seriously. I hope you guys will give me a little leeway here.

Helmut Steiner's picture

I find it great that you take the time to answer all those comments. Chapeau!

Vincent Laforet's picture

It's important for me to have people know that the blog and what I do isn't some big PR push.. I write about things that I find exciting and that will hopefully help others...

Anonymous's picture

Vincent's work has always been more about the equipment than the content. The work itself is pretty average. The equipment is cool. It just strikes me that his blog has now become a Movi page. tell me there is no financial arrangement!

Vincent Laforet's picture

Reggee - I've looked at your posts and seen nothing but negative comments and bitterness. Go do something positive - apparently others have already pointed this out to you.

Patryk M's picture

Well said Vincent. Well said :) "Big Freaking smile"

Vincent Laforet's picture

Thank you sir!

Anonymous's picture

Just calling it like I see it. You have a ton of exposure to new technology but your film making skills are limited. Stop worrying about "how" and spend more time on "what" you film. You are "known" because of the equipment you used, the canon dslr, not because of the content of your work. Put away the gadgets a d become a better director.

Vincent Laforet's picture

Let's see your work Reggee - then we can have a discussion. I doubt you have the guts to share your work publicly but would love to be proven wrong ... then maybe I can judge where the criticism is coming from. Post your work for all to see. My experience is the biggest mouths have the most to hide.

Anonymous's picture

38 clios, 12 Cannes lions, 3 D&ad pencils..... You figure it out. I know my stuff.

Vincent Laforet's picture

Your name sir? If you don't mind - if that's not too much to ask. Then your opinion has Otherwise...

Anonymous's picture

Alas, i can't right now. Studio contract forbids me. but just take my word for it. get noticed for what you shoot, not the tools you use to shoot it. You have a platform to be noticed. use it. Change your focus. Don't you wish people were blown away by your stories and actors performances and not what jib arm you used? Careers are short my friend. Storytellers are always "in". techniques and gadgets come and go like bellbottoms.

Vincent Laforet's picture

Alas - my "contract" also forbids me to tell you your full of it too. The only thing worse than an internet troll is an anonymous one. I'll always welcome ANY criticism - but from someone with a name. That requires a minimum of gusto. Posting anonymously is worst than cowardice. My all time favorites have been anon@anonymous.com Saying your studio contract forbids you from posting your name is one of the most laughable things I've ever heard. If your contract says you can't post than do us all a favor: don't. The last thing we mortals need is a random voice from the ether dispensing random criticism. Don't hide behind a lie - even if it IS true.

Truth is though - everything you are saying is correct. It is indeed all about story - and not the gear you use. That being said - If you knew a little bit more about social media and the web today - you'd understand that people are very much interested in gear and how it can best be used. Not all of them are as "lucky" as you are to hide behind your studio contract and have access to all of the fancy toys I'm sure you surely have. And you'd spend less time posting and more time focusing on storytelling - as opposed to wasting both of our times here.

I work every day on becoming a better director and will throughout the rest of my career. And when I give advice on anything - I sign it with my name. Because I stand behind it.

Anonymous's picture

My whole point is: you are becoming the Billy Mays of camera gear.

Probably not what you set out to be, but the manufacturers will use you as long as you let them. See Movi. unless that is you have financial stakes in that company. then of course it ALL makes sense.

Vincent Laforet's picture

Reggee - god I'm tired of writing that fake name. I can at least ask that you give me a little more credit than that... will you? Can we at least bury the hatchet there? Because this is going nowhere. And you're still anonymous...

Anonymous's picture

Buried. good luck.

Clement Barthes's picture

"Alas, i can't right now. Studio contract forbids me. but just take my word for it."
Mwaaahhhaaaahh. Same here, I mopped the floor and served coffee on some oscar winning movie, but the contract prohibits me from calling myself executive producer...

Tam Nguyen's picture

His name is Steve Chase, who might be from Dallas, Texas (well, at least that's where he posted the last comment.

One of these guys could be him: http://www.spokeo.com/search?q=steve+chase,+Dallas,+TX&s5=t30

In case you were wondering, this website isn't likely to be his, since the owner is from Florida. I could be wrong though. http://www.chase-photography.com/

I've searched for "steve chase photography" but nothing else came up, so not sure if this guy exists elsewhere.

I've done some dirty work and verified his email address at stevechase@mac.com:

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Zach Sutton's picture

I love how creepy you are, Tam

Tam Nguyen's picture

oh you feel me creeping, can you see it from my shadow?
wanna jump up in my lamborghini gallardo?
maybe go to my place and just kick it like Taaaabo
and possibly bend you over look back and watch me
SMACK THAT ALL ON DA FLOOR.

Vincent Laforet's picture

Outstanding work sir... the trolls can never truly hide. Always wonder what makes that anger inside them tick...

wow, love the look and feel of the infrared footage! Pure eye candy!

Ron van Middendorp's picture

Sorry to say, I think it looks awful...

Ravi Tahilramani's picture

Great stuff. Love how stable the shots are. Dropping the camera was crazy ;)

jhambi's picture

I thought it looked great and the IR was cool too. Amazing that the rope hand off thing was that stable too, as shooting at 5 or even 6k you could easily post stabilize the tiny bit of wobble right out of that to have it smooth as glass for the whole shot keeping it at 4k.

Vincent Laforet's picture

Exactly - I'm not sold on 4K projections unless they are in an IMAX theater...but 4K+ acquisition gives you so much room to play with in post - albeit with a heavy price tag on hard drives....

Brendan James's picture

I'm waiting for China to make a >$1000 Movi knockoff.

Vincent Laforet's picture

They will and you can too. The pieces themselves aren't that hard to find and very commonly used in RC Helicopters. Freefly has invested heavily in specific hardware and especially software to make this thing work the way it does. I'm sure you noticed how much wobble there was in that hand down with the rope... and look at the resulting footage. That's far from easy to do.

Nic Cage's Hair's picture

France has a system where they ban certain words from being used in their language- i'd love for "game changer" to be banned here. And sorry, it the Movi really that much better than a Steadicam?? Seriously. Could you tell the difference between the two if you saw identical footage?

Jens Marklund's picture

Nice... camera.

Andrew Iverson's picture

I love shooting stills in IR, and while IR video is neat, is there much call for it? I could see music videos or such, but as much as i'd love an IR video camera, that's got to be a hard thing to justify. Unless the IR filter is something a user can just do, then it would be less a permanent thing.

Vincent Laforet's picture

It's definitely a specialty use for sure. But so much is out there when you think of it... everyone is always looking for that one lens, move, location etc etc to make their video a little more unique..

Allen Piercy's picture

I really like the rig. But how do they control the angle of the camera?

Vincent Laforet's picture

You can do it as a solo operator - it knows if you want to pan or tilt, they call it "majestic mode" or you can go dual operator w/ a remote control

Allen Piercy's picture

Interesting. What is the name of the pan/tilt unit?

Reza Masoudi Nejad's picture

a wonderful job. But this isn't infra-red, I don't know why this technique is commonly called infra-red. In infra red recording the shadow would be lighter not dark as normal

David Monteith-Hodge's picture

Silly question time, I am sure that I watched a behind the scenes video for this, but for the life of me cannot find it anywhere at all, anyone have a link or able to point me in the right direction? (please say that I am not going mad)

Vincent Laforet's picture

That video will be back up on another site.

David Monteith-Hodge's picture

Excellent, for a moment there, I thought I was making it all up. Forgot to say, love the shot over the side with the rope attached, if only I have the funds and the crew to start playing around with some ideas ;) can't wait to see what else comes spilling from you sleeves ;)

Zeb's picture

Vincent,
What is your business / financial connection with MoVi? No big deal if you are a equity partner but it would be nice to know so I can process your posts accordingly.

Gus Martinez's picture

As a begginer, I just hope some day this kind of technology get more affordable for us the broke dreamers

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