Jordan Cushing is a director of photography often found on a film set – recently Love’s Kitchen and Booked Out – or shooting a video for the likes of Walmart, Investec or MacMillan Cancer Support.
“I use a variety of cameras, from a Red One to a DSLR, so I am very familiar with a range of camera and tripod systems.”
Jordan was the lucky recipient of a Libec LS-DV22 tripod, courtesy of Libec Europe. Almost immediately he put it to use, filming a 90-second promotional film for the Eclipse Theatre Company in advance of its 2013 UK tour. Shot against a mottled backdrop, highly animated characters perform for the camera which tracks the actors’ rhythmic movement and plays with focus depth for good effect. The video can be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QbfO2542Vk.
For the production, Jordan mounted a Canon 5D DSLR equipped with a 70-200mm lens on the Libec tripod. Assessing the kit, the DOP is very positive, despite the device lacking some of the advanced features he is used to seeing on cinema supports:
“It has the basics, is well built and very competitively priced. What it does, it does right. The counter-balance system is unusual, different from any other I’ve seen, but it’s pretty effective. Other features I particularly like are the mid-level detachable spreader, accurate spirit level and non-slip protective rubber feet.”When shooting with a Red Epic of MX, Jordan needs a high end tripod with a heavy-weight head. For corporate jobs, especially where a Sony EX1 or DSLR is the camera of choice, the DV22 now has a place in his kit bag. He also intends to test the tripod with the Canon EOS C100 in the near future.
“Its panning is smooth and it’s very lightweight. It gives me the stable platform I need. It’s certainly a keeper” concludes the DOP.