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Sachtler Flowtech 75 Introduced – Reinventing the Tripod

By Nino Leitner

A while ago, I found myself in a nondescript office building in the East of England, attending a press event of what Sachtler’s and Vinten’s mother company Vitec called “a revolution”. That’s quite a statement for something as “boring” as a tripod – but I think it’s fair to say that we all were in for a ride. It was clear from the start that they must have something good up their sleeve considering all the buzz of the event and the sheer cost of flying everyone out.

And then they pulled it out. Yep, the trip was worth it.

Repositioning the quick deploy levers

The Sachtler Flowtech 75 tripod (also sold as a Vinten Flowtech 75 version with black instead of red levers on top) is a three-stage tripod that looks very unlike any tripod legs I’ve seen before. They legs have an unusually shaped, very wide profile, and do away with the standard round profile we’ve come to expect from tripods forever now. They are made of carbon fibre, and very noticeably at the top, there are the three quick deployment levers right next to each other, situated right around the 75mm bowl, easy to open at once with two hands while holding the tripod head at the same time.

It’s something that really needs no further explanation once you’ve seen it in its brilliance. Yet they still to fill a day of press briefings – but I thought then and there that it’s great for them that any further explanation was completely unnecessary. Every camera person who ever worked with a camera tripod will understand in an instant how much time the repositioning would save them in → continue…

From:: Cinema 5d

PODCAST: An Interview With Lift-Off Film Festival Founder Ben Pohlman

By Noam Kroll

As one of the founders of The Lift Off Global Network of Film Festivals, Ben Pohlman has made it his mission to not only program groundbreaking films at his festivals, but also to help filmmakers thrive in the commercial marketplace and flourish in their careers.

Over the course of this hour long interview, Ben draws from his unique background as a festival founder to de-mystify the jury selection process and give filmmakers a realistic view of what it takes to get accepted. He also sheds light on many other critical topics including: The odds of getting into a festival, optimal runtimes for shorts & feature films, the main reasons why films get rejected, what happens after you’re accepted, and much much more.

Originally launched in England in 2011, Lift-Off is now in ten cities across the globe including: Los Angeles, London, Paris, Berlin, Manchester, Tokyo, New York, Vancouver, Amsterdam, & Sydney. The festival network has grown rapidly as it’s support of true independent film and emphasis on finding representation and global audiences for it’s alumni.

Episode 21: An Interview With Lift-Off Film Festival Founder Ben Pohlman

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From:: Noam Kroll