April 2016

April’s blog update is to keep you up to date with what’s new at Staples Rentals before we head over the states for the tech conference of the year, NAB Show 2016.

First things first, you may have notice we have had a name change!

We are no longer Staples Productions and are now Staples Rentals, we felt this change was needed to more accurately describe what it is we do. You can still hire any of the Staples Productions crew, we will just be working under our new name from April. We also have a new email address, so make sure you update us in your contact list, while our old email will still be up and running for a few more months you can now contact us via email at info@staplesrentals.co.nz

NEW GEAR

DJI PHANTOM 4 – $350 p/day incl GSTdjiphantom4head

Visionary intelligence & Elevated Imagination. The DJI Phantom 4 is the first drone to come with Tap to Fly, 30min flights times, Visual Tracking and sports mode all in one model.

Give us a call or email for availability!

NEW AUDIO GEAR

SENNHEISER MKE 600 SHOTGUN MIC – $50 p/day incl GST

Expanding our range of shotgun mic’s with the high quality that comes hand in hand with the Sennheiser MKE 600 Shotgun Mic

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SENNHEISER MKE 600 SHOTGUN MIC AND RODE BLIMP KIT – $70 p/day incl GST

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We have put together the ultimate on location Shotgun Mic solution for your next
production, using the winning combination of the Sennheiser MKE 600 and Rode Blimp Kit and the lightest boom pole available, the E-Image Carbon Fibre Boom Pole.

 

 

 

CARBON FIBRE BOOM POLE – $20 p/day incl GST

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NEW CREW

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Jason has recently signed onto our Rental and VR production team.

If you have any rental or VR questions you can contact Jason via email jason@staplesrentals.co.nz or you can send through rental requests to  our new email info@staplesrentals.co.nz

 

 

COMING SOON

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We are heading over to NAB in a few days to meet with some pretty exciting companies who will be helping us take VR or Virtual Reality in New Zealand to a whole new level.

Over the coming months we will have some exciting new products rolling out in the New Zealand market from Live Streaming VR systems to new ways of capturing VR. Stay tuned to our Facebook and VR website staplesvr.co.nz for all the news as it hits!

ADD TO YOUR CALENDAR

Staples Rentals is a proud sponsor of the Magnify – Augmented & Virtual Reality South Pacific Summit.

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Tipped to be a $100 billion dollar industry within 10 years, Virtual & Augmented Reality has been capturing imaginations of millions worldwide.

If you are interested in Gaming, Story telling, Advertising, Fine Arts, Journalism, Digital Marketing and any other form of expression, then this event is for you!

As part of Tech Week Auckland, MAGNIFY will take place at the Idea Collective, MOTAT over 19th and 20th May. MAGNIFY will bring people together through interactive workshops, panel discussions and demonstrations that allow the audience to connect with others and build upon what they learn at the conference.

Featuring a host of international and local speakers, we are running a series of workshops, panels and round table discussions with some of the industry’s best and brightest.

Register Now

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Whats New March 2016

New Gear

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DJI OSMO – $100.00 p/day incl GST

Reimagine movement with the new DJI Osmo handheld camera gimbal.

Thanks to advanced technologies specifically designed to keep the camera flat no matter how you move it, the DJI Osmo helps you record videos and take photos like never before.

Its much more than just a camera, it helps you create with more freedom to move than ever before.

Rode VideoMic Pro – $30.00 p/day incl GST
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The all new capsule with lower noise and higher sensitivity and broadcast quality condenser microphone makes the Rode VideoMic Pro the perfect on camera microphone for your next project.

Powered by a 9v battery which gives you over 70 hours recording time it is great for the run & gun style of shoot.

Prompt-It iPad Teleprompter – $80.00 p/day incl GST

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The Prompt-It teleprompter is a perfect addition to your next interview style shoot. The prompter is small & transportable, easy to use and sets up in under 2 minutes.

Using a iPad or similar tablet improved the quality of your next interview shoot with the ability to have your subject looking directly down the camera. Get it right first time every time.

Zeiss VROne Virtual Reality Headset – $25.00 p/day incl GST

ZEISS VR ONE is a Virtual Reality headset, developed with the leading engineering and optical technology of ZEISS. All you need is the ZEISS VR ONE and your Smartphone and you are ready to jump into a world of virtual reality gaming and entertainment!

New Events

WIFT Workshop – Wellington

Our Gimbal and drone workshop took a trip last month to the windy city. The workshop was held at the film school in wellington and had a great turn out with a mix of WIFT members, industry professionals and Students saw first hand some of the newest Drone & Gimbal tech. A big thank you to WIFT for organising, The Film School for Hosting and Blueroom for lending a hand with the presentation. A great night had by all.

WIFT Awards – Auckland

We had a great tie at the 2016 WIFT awards last week which was held at the Heritage Hotel in Auckland. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners.

If you missed the event below is a run through of the winners on the night.

South Pacific Pictures Award for Achievement in Film

  • Leanne Pooley

Queenstown Camera Company Entrepreneurship Award

  • Bettina Hollings

Images & Sound Award for Success in Television

  • Philly de Lacey

Professional Lighting Services Award for Unsung Heroine of the NZ Screen Industry

  • Leonne Kassler

Fulcrum Media Finance Woman to Watch Award

  • Desray Armstrong

Te Puni Kōkiri Te Reo Māori Champion Award

  • Hinewehi Mohi

Great Southern Film & Television Award for Outstanding Contribution to the New Zealand Screen Industry

  • Jane Wrightson

New News

We supplied operators and gear to Blueroom Productions last year for a music video for City of Souls. The music video “water” has received international attention over the last couple of months.

  • Winner of AOR for music video “water” in the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival
  • Winner of AOR for Director Ziga Zupancic in the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival
  • Offical Selection for the 2nd Annual Widescreen Film & Music Video Festival in Miami
  • Nominated for best cinematography in the 2nd Annual Widescreen Film & Music Video Festival in Miami

Big congratulations to Ziga Zupancic who put his heart and soul into this production.

Watch the final video below.

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Ready, Steady, Shoot

Welcome to our first blog post of 2016 and what an update it will be, with our last post being way back in May last year, where to begin!

Now available for rental from Staples Productions 

Freefly Systems Alta Drone $2000 p/day incl GST

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With the addition of the Freefly Alta drone to the Staples Productions in-house gear list we can now offer all forms of cinema platforms in the sky, from the smaller DJI Phantom 3 & Inspire 1 Drones right through to the Alexa Mini & Red Cinema Cameras.

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The Freefly Alta is the first multi-rotor UAV to accept a camera on the top of the airframe, this opens up a new world of filmmaking with sky view.

The Alta moves like no other drone. Freefly has been leading the industry in camera movement for over a decade and have put this experience into the design of the Alta,  which allows the pilot to command up to a 45 degree angle. This allows smooth, precise and dynamic control of camera movement.

Staples Productions have highly experienced CAA 102 certified pilots and are covered by Aviation Liability insurance, so you can rest easy that your next shoot is compliant to all current CAA rules and regulations.

Looking for an Alta for your next shoot?

Contact us via email info@staplesproductions.co.nz or give us a call on +64 22 4262 783 or click here for more info.

9m Heavy Duty Crane $750 p/day incl GST

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Our new Heavy Duty Crane can be set up in 5m,7m or 9m configurations and has a motorised gimbal head that can hold cameras up to 5kgs. The crane also has the option to use a gimbal head which allows set ups of up to 7.5kgs.

This is easy to assemble and packs down into compact cases for easy transport. Available with or without operator.

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Contact us via email info@staplesproductions.co.nz or give us a call on +64 22 4262 783 or click here for more info.

Ronin-M $250 p/day incl GST

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The Ronin-M is the smaller of 2 handheld gimbals available from DJI, it is incredibly light & compact, disassembles effortlessly for transport and has a quick tool-less set up. The Ronin-M was designed for your smaller camera such as the Panasonic & Sony mirrorless range and your Canon & Nikon DSLR Cameras.

Click here for more info

SmallHD 502 Monitor $100 p/day incl GST

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The new 5-inch on camera monitor from SmallHD features a full HD 1920×1080 LCD display it is the sharpest 5-inch monitor in the world. With HDMI & SDI link possible this is a great addition to any shooting kit. Building upon the 3D LUT functionality of the DP7-Pro series the 502 allows shooters to apply an even higher resolution, more accurate 3D out in real time!

Click here for more info

Sony A7SII $200 p/day incl GST

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The Sony A7SII is the newest addition to the Sony mirrorless range. Revolving around a 12.2MP Exmoor CMOS sensor the A7SII is capable of internal 4K recording at 30fps with a full pixel readout as well as 1080p recording at up to 120fps all in the XAVC S format.

Click Here for more info

New work shot on Staples Productions Gear!

City of Souls  – Water – NZ

A Blueroom Production

Directed by: Žiga Zupančič
D.O.P. : Dan Ax
Produced by: Lissandra Leite, Katie Grant
Talent: Hannah Paterson, Lorano Los
Editor: Žiga Zupančič
Colourist: Matic Prusnik
1st AC & MoVi Tech: Brodrick Joel
1as AC Underwater: Sara Guix Ortigosa
Lightning Tech: Alex Bradford
Assistant: Michael Engelbrecht
Dress: Elise Hoggard

Filmed with the support of:
Staples Productions, Panavision & Xytech

Yokozuna – One’s Cycle – NZ

A Fish & Clips Production

Director: Jason Bock
Producer: Lissandra Leite
Director of Photography: Dan Ax
Second Unit Director: Ziga Zupancic
Gaffer: Matt Kofoed
Art Director: Rick Cave
Movi Op: Aliesha Staples
1st AC: Sara Guix
Colorist: David McLaren
Sound Design: Cam Duncan

Filmed with the support of:
Staples Productions, Panavision & Image Zone

Jupiter Project – Sweet Disguise – NZ

A Fish & Clips Production

Director: Eddy Fifield
Cinematographer: Dan Ax
1st AC/ Movi Tech: Michael Engelbrecht
Art Director: Jolin Lee
Stylist: Elise Hoggard
Female Model: Christina Macpherson

Filmed with the support of:
Staples Productions

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WIFTNZ & NZCS Workshop

This week we teamed up with Stephan from Arri Australia and Brett from Queenstown Camera to co-host this months WITFNZ and NZCS workshop at Panavision. This workshop was based around education on Drones, Gimbals and the New Zealand Depute of the Arri Alexa Mini.

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The new Arri Alexa Mini.

Freefly Systems and Arri worked closely together on the design of the new Alexa Mini to make it the perfect camera to work with the Movi m15. It is the final piece of the puzzle to the Arri camera family and solved the weight problem we have had in the past when DOP’s have requested a Gimbal and Alexa camera set up.

The new Alexa has a super lightweight carbon and titanium construction and is symmetrical weighing in at 2.3kgs this makes it the perfect camera for gimbal balancing.

It has integrated lens motor control, built in ND filters and future proof 4K UHD with a high dynamic range. It has the same high quality sensor as other Alexa models and records to c-fast cards with frame rate options of 0.75-200fps depending on the recording size selected.

The camera was a hit with the attendees and with Stephan from Arri Australia on hand for Q&A’s New Zealand had a great first meeting with the new camera.

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Gimbals

We had on hand our Freefly M10, M15 and our DJI Ronin for the attendees to get some hands on time with the gimbal gear. Our Movi M15 was kitted out with Full Red Dragon kit, Remote Follow Focus, Transmitters and our Tilta Armor Man Gimbal Support system. This received great feedback, this system not only allows longer shooting times for operators but opens the doors for new operators who previously didn’t have the strength to work with the gimbal systems. We offer free training on these gimbal systems so email us today at info@staplesproductions.co.nz for training times.

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Drone

We had the DJI Inspire 1 on hand for an indoor presentation. This is a growing medium for camera movement and with 4k camera drones now readily available in the New Zealand market at an affordable price this was a big hit with the crowd. On Sunday the 17th we are working with Photogear to hold a new pilot training day and will be teaching the Inspire 1, Ronin-M and Phantom 3 during the day. Spots are filling up fast so sign up on the link below to make sure you have a spot for the training.

https://goo.gl/aqLARp

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Queenstown Camera Center

Brett from Queenstown camera centre was also on hand showcasing his new App which allows crew to view what the camera ia viewing while on set from tablets and smart phones. We are very excited about this new technology as it will allow the crew to be more aware of the camera framing and information while on set quickly and easily. The app is called Canacast and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store.

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We hope to be hosting more workshops in the near future so keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.

For any questions on any of the gear showcased at the workshop or for availability to hire email us at info@staplesproductions.co.nz

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Newsletter April 2015

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The Mōvi VS Steadicam debate

 

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Handheld stabilisers such as the Movi M10 & M15 3 Axis Gimbals have been making a house hold name for themselves over the last year. The most commonly asked question at the Staples Productions office is “Can this relatively new device hold it’s own next to the traditional Steadicam that has been present in the production industry since the mid 70’s?”

When Freefly Systems announced the Mōvi M10 in 2013, many dubbed the device as the “Steadicam killer”, a huge statement.  A year on and this topic is still debated in online forums and even on the shop floor in rental companies, with filmmakers arguing their pro’s of preferred devices and con’s of the other systems.

However, it’s clearly evident that over the course of the last year the Mōvi M10 has changed people opinions as more and more filmmakers are opting to use the rig to capture dynamic footage, that was simply unachievable 12 months ago and with the recent release of the Mōvi M15 the gimbals reputation is just going to continue to grow.

The thought that Mōvi, the “new kid on the block”, could make Steadicam operators surplus to requirements, is still a massive statement to make and this is definitely not going to take place any time soon (if ever).

Steadicam operators bring years of expertise and can pull off moves that your average Joe with a Mōvi probably could not. It’s clear to see that Freefly’s Mōvi m10 has made a lasting impression on the production industry but how does it actually stand up next to the Steadicam and other traditional movement devices?

Here are some examples of why it will be difficult not to have a Mōvi M10 orM15 on your productions in the future.

Firstly Time

The biggest factor in the favour of Mōvi is on-set time management. This device is definitely not the end of conventional camera movement devices such asa tripod, slider, dolly, jib or Steadicam but and its a big but, the Mōvi will make film makers think twice about using these pieces of equipment, when they realise the Mōvi allows operators to perform similar shots in only a fraction of the time.

Possibly the most important factor of filmmaking is time management. Working with equipment such as dollies or cranes takes dozens of crew members hours to set up for a single shot. Crewmembers have to lay tracks down for dolly moves, the crane’s route has to be worked out and lighting often has to be amended to allow for the movement of the jib. With the Mōvi that time is reduced significantly, allowing for much longer shooting periods. With a good operator the Mōvi takes can be balanced in minutes and shooting almost immediately.

Price

The Mōvi systems are not the cheapest of devices around so to purchase not a possibility for most productions but rental wise it is more affordable than your standard steady cam system and is significantly cheaper than a crane or dolly hire. With our rental prices starting at as little as $450 p/day including GST and insurance hiring a Mōvi handheld stabiliser can save your production thousands, the price of hiring this device quickly becomes a no-brainer.

Steadicam operators have years of experience and it’s near impossible to replicate their way of using the device on your own without years of practice. The Mōvi is somewhat different; you can master the device in a day and be out shooting dynamic footage in no time! Our expert crew of operators and technicians are also available to hire. We also offer 1-2hr introductions on your first hire of our Mōvi handheld systems, so you will be up and running with the Mōvi in no time.

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Multiple Modes & Multi Operators

A Steadicam operator has a tremendous amount of equipment strapped to them at all times when operating. This includes a vest that is often strapped with batteries and a separate monitor so they can see the footage as they’re moving. The Mōvi on the other hand is much more flexible, it can be operated in a similar way – Majestic mode, or possibly the most exciting feature of the Movi is that you can also utilize an extra person to lighten the workload in difficult situations.

The Mōvi allows you to control the camera remotely with the second operator using a remote to move the camera within the rig to frame the shot as it happens using an external monitor. This allows the operators to hand off the rig through tight spaces such as a windows, while concentrating on not tripping over anything.

This is a clear advance from the Steadicam, where one person is strapped into a rig and constantly having to watch not only where they’re moving, but also make sure everything remains in frame.

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Weight

The Mōvi is easily transportable, the rig itself weighs less than 2kgs due to its carbon fibre build. Unlike the Steadicam and cheaper alternatives the Glidecam, the Mōvi doesn’t require heavy vests and weights. Instead, it’s extremely lightweight and is built around gyro stabilisation and accelerometers resulting in Camera operators being open to wider range of motion, while being more nimble.

The Mōvi M10 can fly such cameras as the Red Dragon, Red Epic, Red Scarlett, Canon c300, Black Magic & DSLR’s & can take up to 10kg’s in weight while the M15 can fly these cameras and also the Sony F5, F55 Fs7, Alexa M, Sony FS700.

With the entirety of this weight placed on the operator at all times the Movi can be a difficult rig to handle over longer periods of time which can result in fatigue. We advise clients to keep this in mind and provide the operator with an assistant throughout the shoot to relieve them of the Movi’s weight in-between takes or alternatively we suggest renting a Easyrig with your Mōvi hire, our daily rental rates for an easy rig start at $155 p/day including GST and insurance so its a great option for the heaver camera setups.

The steady cam vs Mōvi debate will always be ongoing and the Mōvi is bound to have its critics, just as every new piece of camera equipment does. The generation of 3 axis stabilization gimbles has just begun and they will only get stronger as manufacturers continue to develop their products over time. Freefly was created by camera enthusiast’s who have worked in the industry for decades meaning they have our best interest at heart when developing new designs. This is exactly the same as the history of the Steadicam, created by Garret Brown, who in the 1970’s designed an unbelievably innovative piece of camera kit that revolutionized the industry and has been unrivaled until now. He too is a huge fan of the Mōvi and made this clear in a recent interview with Mōvi inventor Tabb Firchau. He went on to say; “The best stabilizer to come along is the Mōvi, That’s what excites me. The combo [of Mōvi & Steadicam] is pretty devastating, it’s pretty great.”

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January 2015 Newsletter

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