What I love about doing commercial work is the creative freedom you have. What’s better is when working with a talented director you trust so as a Cinematographer, you only have to focus on getting the best shots possible. Part of getting the best shots is having the right tools onset. We used the Kessler Pocket Jib on a recent shoot and I want to share my experiences with it.
After the success of Five/Five, Brandon Todd wanted a 60 second commercial to promote his personal training company. Again I teamed up with Chris Jurchak to bring this vision to life. Our mood board consisted of some Under Armour and Nike Spots. We liked the grit and intensity that those pieces brought.
Immediately, I wanted to lens something a little different than Five/Five and have a few unique shots in there. I began thinking about what a jib could offer us and soon I was sold on the look for a few shots. But what jib?
Kessler Pocket Jib
Kessler is a great, made in America, brand that has quality products backed with amazing customer service. What I loved about their jibs was how easily it breaks down and sets up. We needed something light for our small crew but that could handle a Red. I admit we went over the max load by a few pounds but it still worked great for us. Kessler offers a Pocket Jib Pro that is geared more for a Red, Alexa, and other heavy cameras. The pocket jib has been working out amazing with my C300 and seems to be the perfect weight for it.
Check out this BTS from the set of FlytRight and hear the crew’s thoughts on the Jib.
Here’s a look at the final piece