The history of the video camera is a peculiar one. Back in the 1970s, we had cameras such as the bulky Sony Portapack with its separate VTR unit which housed and recorded to large video cassettes. It was heavy! Jump ahead 40 years and we have a tiny camera small enough to fit in the palm of one’s hand. But with the evolution from large and bulky to small and light came some unforeseen challenges. A camera rig is one of the solutions to many of these issues.
“You might set up a camera to record a "day in the life" of a local barbershop and end up with some interesting footage, but until it's been shaped and given meaning by the filmmaker — until it tells a story in some form — it's not a documentary.”
Documentary Storytelling – “The Drama of Real Life” by Sheila Curran
What makes your video productions different from everyone else’s? We’ll look into elements that go into creating a memorable body of work, from equipment, to style, to story — the things that make your movies yours.