Unbiased Gear Review: DJI Ronin M

post_thumbYou know, the holy grail of shooting professionally in general is to create footage that is stunningly lit and the camera movements are smooth and innovative. In the past you had to use gliders, dollies, steadicam and glide cams in order to get those results. When using steadicams it could take up to 10 min. after you changed the lens on your camera to rebalance the rig. After a while I wasn’t using my own steadicam anymore because of this delay. Have you ever had to balance the rig and your crew is staring at you wondering when you are gonna ready to shoot again?

Then about two years ago came out the first electronic stabilizers called MOVI that promised great simplification in use and balancing the rig with the promise of super smooth camera movements. The problem was that it was expensive and the stabilizers were still heavy. Over 10 lbs. for the rig alone. Add camera and lenses and you wish you would still own your steadicam with a supportive vest.

Now, fast forward. DJI just released the brand new
Ronin-M electronic stabilizer. On paper they seem to have accomplished the impossible: a stabilizer that weighs only 5 lbs. but, better yet the whole rig would cost läppische $1400? Including a remote control that lets you operate the camera movement separately? Too good to be true, I thought, and I purchased this thing in order to put it through a rigorous test and assessment for you.
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EF008: How To Become a Commercial Film Director From Scratch

You know I’m a big proponent of just starting, starting from scratch, from nothing. I hear often voices saying that this is bogus and that you have to get some education whether through film school or you have to work yourself up from low level positions. In today’s interview, my guest is commercial director and director of photography Mario Feil. He is the perfect example of someone who worked at a fashion retail company, offered his filmmaking skills to the company he was working for and worked himself up to become a commercial director creating high end commercial ads for Audi, Porsche and BASF to just mention a few. In short, he is an EntreFilmmaker.

 

Interviewing Mario Feil

Drilling Mario Feil With My Questions

In this episode we will drill deep in order to find out together how he did it. What tools he has been using, what career steps he took in order to go from ZERO to becoming a high-end director and cinematographer.

SHORTS: Crew & Team Member Manifesto

post_thumbThis is my first Manifesto. I hate the idea of a manifesto, but I was really forced to do one. You know why? Because of my team members. Have you ever had the experience that you hired a guy, lets say a PA, an assistant, Gaffer, DP, you name it and they were late, they talked too much or – better yet – they chatted up your client and exchanged business cards? Now, I’m a shy person and I don’t like confrontation. I really have a hard time to tell my team members what is bothering me. So, I needed to come up with a solution: EntreFilmmaker’s Team Member Manifesto.

This episode is really for everyone YOU’ll hire. If you have had the same experience, then this video is for everyone who wants to condition their team to have good behavior from the start of a business relationship. Just send them this video and you are set on set.
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SHORTS: How To Get Your Wasted Time Back With The Click of a Button

post_thumbDo you you have goals? Are you an over achiever? Are you working overtime on your career? One of my biggest challenges is not having enough time for all the things that I want to do. I have a family with 4 kids, running a film production company, I blog, podcast and serve G-d. Now the problem is that I try to optimize my time as best as I can. Really. I shave off every unnecessary item in my life. But more often then not I’m bugged with all the tedious repetitive minute tasks like replying to the same questions that I get in emails and the associated tasks with it. Tell me honestly, how often do you wish you could just press a button and you would be done with the “busy” work that gets thrown at you on a daily basis?
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EF007: How To Get Profitable Clients With “Super-Niching”

Since I started EntreFilmmaker a few months ago, so many filmmakers and video pros write me over and over again how they are either frantically looking for work, or are simply out of business. They say they have to work side jobs like waiting tables or at working at Walmart for minimum wage. I’m not kidding you. This really pains me because I think since the social media explosion, the need for video has trippled. No video person in this day and age should be out of work.So, how can it be that people don’t make ends meet in such a lucrative market like film and video production?

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Thomas and I are getting ready for a King – Fu fight.

In this EntreFilmmaker MasterSeries Episode I got all the cool hacks from one of the top super – niche filmmakers. In this video he will walk us through his process in finding a moneymaking super – niche. He shares where to find the most lucrative clients and how to get them to choose you as their go-to person for all their video advertising needs.

His super – niche is so “thin” that he has virtually no competition in making multiple 6-figures. Wouldn’t it be cool if you would work on projects with budgets that make challenging and fun film production possible?

Let’s do this.
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