Experimenting with the Helix
As you can see in the video posted above, the Helix spins the camera around its optical axis which opens up all kinds of new possibilities for productions that are on limited budgets. I can see using the Helix manually to recreate the rocking sensation one would get when on a boat. Or I can see framing up a subject on the ground so that it looks like they are in a normal orientation and then spinning the camera to reveal that they are actually laying on the ground. I can also see using the Helix to lock the camera in an vertical position to take advantage of the full hight of the camera sensor for green screen work. And there there are opportunities for motion photography and time lapse ... the ideas and possibilities are really only limited by the imagination of the user - no longer is it a limitation of budget and resources! It really is an exciting time to be a cinematographer and a filmmaker.
Until Next Time - Get Out There And Shoot!
Ryan E. Walters, Cinematographer