Creating a Michael Bay-Level Rig in the Back Garden

It seems that every year we see crazier and crazier setups, usually reserved for high-end cinema productions, made available to the average person. In this video, you can see an absurdly cool orbital shot made in a back garden.

There was a time, not that long ago, when gimbals were damn-near the pinnacle of videography and were seen almost exclusively on film sets. Now, almost every videographer or content creator has at least one for every camera, including their phones. It is the familiar trajectory of technology: when it's new, it's exclusive and expensive, but over time, it becomes accessible and affordable. However, I'm still constantly surprised at what can be done these days in your own back garden.

In this video, MAKE. ART. NOW. sets up an orbital shot in his garden with a telephoto lens to create shots you would usually only see in cinematography. In fact, this shot is so difficult to stabilize and pull off, you wouldn't see it all that often in high-end productions either. There are several shots in this video that are truly superb, including the one of the drone which could easily be an advert for it.

What elements that are exclusive to big-budget film sets do you think will be in the hands of consumers in the near future?

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Robert K Baggs is a professional portrait and commercial photographer, educator, and consultant from England. Robert has a First-Class degree in Philosophy and a Master's by Research. In 2015 Robert's work on plagiarism in photography was published as part of several universities' photography degree syllabuses.

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No one puts more time and effort into their videos like Josh does. He builds and talks about things that go completely over my head, but I watch every video he does because of his passion for what he does.