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How to Shoot Motion Timelapse Without Batteries

Modo - Motion Timelapse System

Customers fuel innovation here at Cinevate, and our latest product is testament to that fact. We received feedback from many filmmakers, who asked for a simple and affordable motion timelapse solution. Say goodbye to cables, chargers, batteries, belts, and programming. … Continue reading

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3 Simple Ways to Travel with a Duzi Slider

Cinevate Duzi Slider

The Duzi Slider is the perfect travel companion for any filmmaker that wants to bring along a slider, but still travel light. Watch the video below to find out how

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The Slider That Gives You A Smoother Slide

Cinevate Hedron Slider Review

Filmmakers are faced with an overwhelming number of options when it comes to sliders these days. With almost too many to choose from, it can make it hard to find the one that suits your style, budget, and workflow best. … Continue reading

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New GoPro Dolly & GoPro Slider Videos

GoPro Dolly + GoPro Slider

We recently shot a few very short clips demonstrating how to get some interesting dolly and slider type shots using your GoPro. You could also get these same shots using a wide variety of smartphones and small cameras on Morpheus. … Continue reading

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National Geographic Filmmaker Weighs in on the Hedron Slider

John Benam with Hedron Slider

By John Benam (Benam Films, Inc.) The Cinevate sliders have always been exceptional. I remember working in the field with a colleague that brought a large Atlas Cinevate ball-bearing slider to the shoot. It was bulky but solid and really … Continue reading

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Smoooth Sale-ing During The Cinevate Slider Sale!

Cinevate Slider Sale

For the month of December we’re offering some great savings on our premium slider line, including the Hedron Slider and the Atlas 200 Slider. Hedron Camera Slider Hedron is a premium slider that delivers smooth slider shots, under extreme payloads, … Continue reading

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A Story Close to Their Hearts

Westfort Productions

The latest commercial from our friends at Westfort Productions, is an exceptional one. The clip absolutely nails several key elements of telling a story. The professional voice talent lends so well to the overall style. The types of shots, whether … Continue reading

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The Stories That Are Hardest to Hear…

Refugees in Northen Iraq

The stories that are hardest to hear, are often the hardest to tell, but have the greatest need to be told. A man by the name of Gary Dowd is telling these stories. Here is one of them… Northern Iraq … Continue reading

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New 30 Second TV Spot from Westfort Productions

Westfort Films 30 Second TV Spot

Westfort Productions‘ latest piece is a 30 second tv spot for Confederation College. It’s really well done, so I thought I’d share it as filmmaking inspiration The following is a list of the gear that they used on the shoot… … Continue reading

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Designing Your Visuals to Serve the Story

Garsc Ziemi

As a cinematographer it’s important to design a visual approach and aesthetic well before pressing the record button on set. After all, film is a visual medium and how you ‘show’ the story on screen has tremendous impact on the … Continue reading

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Testify! A Hedron Slider Testimonial

Hedron Slider Testimonial

In the coming weeks we’ll be sharing a story about the short film Garsc Ziemi, which is the passion project (7+ years in the making) from Imaginarium Studios. Stay tuned for that. In the meantime we’ll share this testimonial from … Continue reading

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Gear Love and Crowdfunding Advice for Your Indie Film

The Maltese Guinea Pig

Back in June we published a post about a short film called The Maltese Guinea Pig. At the time, Writer and Director, Luke Grandmont, was raising funds via his Indiegogo campaign. It should be noted that Luke used to work … Continue reading

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Graduating from Zoom-ins and Outs

Camera Movement

A zoom lens is incredibly practical when you are framing up a shot. It gives you a tremendous amount of flexibility to capture a variety of focal lengths from a fixed position. But how often have you actually seen a … Continue reading

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Managing (and Lighting) 250 Extras – Music Video

Managing (and Lighting) 250 Extras - Music Video

Mark Klassen is a name you might recognize from a few years ago when he was kicking around with the Stillmotion crew. We had the pleasure of meeting the then teenage shooter and, being from Canada, still run into him … Continue reading

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Tracking Shots Ep. 21 – Rack Attack

Tracking Shots Ep. 21 - Rack Attack

Our pal and Tracking Shots regular Adam Colton has been busy on his latest production for LoadedBoards. Adam is known for capturing his fast moving subjects while maintaining an impressively sharp focus despite using the notoriously shallow depth-of-field DSLRs. Adam … Continue reading

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Tracking Shots Ep.20 – High Speed Behind-the-Scenes

Tracking Shots Ep.20 - High Speed Behind-the-Scenes

Regular Cinevate.com contributor Travis Valtierra is back with a new episode of Rockstar Energy Drink’s “Life in the Foust Lane“. ‘Foust’ takes the viewer behind the scenes of the Octane Academy, drifting competitions, the biggest Rally Cross events the world … Continue reading

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Tracking Shots Ep.19 – Rockstar at the 2012 X Games

Tracking Shots Ep.19 - Rockstar at the 2012 X Games

The X Games wrapped up last week and Rockstar shooter and Cinevate pal, Travis Valtierra has been in a shooting frenzy preparing for the event. Travis has been sharing media and behind-the-scenes with us over various shoots, though mostly on … Continue reading

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Tracking Shots Ep.18 – Sliding and ‘Swirling Samas’

Tracking Shots Ep.18 - Sliding and 'Swirling Samas'

Adam Colton from Loaded Boards has kindly sent us a variety of videos over the past year featuring some of the slickest slider shots we’ve seen to date (you can find them in the Tracking Shots archive). He passed along … Continue reading

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Tracking Shots Ep.17 – A Loaded Western

Tracking Shots Ep.17 - A Loaded Western

NAB is still making its way into our posts even 2 weeks after the fact. In this case it’s because we finally got to meet Tracking Shots regular, Adam Colton. He was easy to spot from the longboard in his … Continue reading

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Tracking Shots Ep.16 – Return of the Rockstar

Tracking Shots Ep.16 - Return of the Rockstar

Our Tracking Shots series started off almost exclusively with content from Travis Valtierra featuring slick slider shots of extreme sports athletes in action. Happily, he’s back with more slider goodness from his Rockstar webseries ‘Todd Potter Is…‘. Eight episodes in, … Continue reading

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Tracking Shots Ep.15 – Sunny Side Up

Tracking Shots Ep.15 - Sunny Side Up

The madness of our big move to a new building and the concurrent Moving Sale has made the gang here at Cinevate especially busy. Of course, that’s just my excuse for having neglected our regular series including Tracking Shots. Happily, … Continue reading

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Tracking Shots Ep.14 – Casey at the Bat

World Series BTS with MINDCASTLE

As busy as Casey and Danielle of MINDCASTLE have been they still manage to sneak out some solid media to us more often than we could ask. This time around they’ve shared behind-the-scenes images from their MLB World Series shoot. … Continue reading

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Tracking Shots Ep.13 – Downhill Duel

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Episode 13 marks the first edition of Tracking Shots for 2012 and who better to start the new year than veteran Tracking Shots contributor, Adam Colton. Adam of Loaded Boards has shared their latest longboarding video, featuring riders Ethan Cochard … Continue reading

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Tracking Shots Ep.12 – Vinny goes Viral

Tracking Shots Ep.13 - Vinny Goes Viral

In Ep.5 of Tracking Shots we shared some of Vinny’s work, running a double feature showcasing two of his videos, and it just so happened to workout the same this time as well. We can’t lay claim to debuting the … Continue reading

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Tracking Shots Ep.11 – Breathe featuring Amanda Powell

Tracking Shots featuring Amanda Powell and Atlas 10

One of my favourite Tracking Shots to date is the ‘High-Speed Human Dolly’ piece from the guys at Loaded Boards. Happily, they’re back again with another killer video this time featuring pro longboarder, Amanda Powell. Adam Colton, who’s been putting … Continue reading

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Tracking Shots Ep.10 – David Robin + Cinevate at the Emmys

David Robin + Cinevate + Emmys

For our first double-digit episode of Tracking Shots we’re featuring some pretty classy footage from our pal David Robin. David has been shooting events at the Emmys (and the Oscars) for 6 years now and I can tell you that … Continue reading

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Tracking Shots Ep.9 – Sunday NFL Countdown

Sunday NFL Countdown + Casey Warren

If you’re a football fan then you’re gonna recognize some faces in this week’s Tracking Shots. Our old pal Casey Warren was kind enough to share this amazing video created for the Sunday NFL Countdown. Tasked with capturing the personas … Continue reading

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Tracking Shots Ep.8 – Fastest Production Car on the Planet

Colin Fox Captures the record breaking Dodge Viper

This edition of Tracking Shots caters to those with a need for speed. Colin Fox of Internal Combustion Group has shared with us the Dodge Viper ACR Record Video that was shot in Nürburgring on September 14th, 2011. Colin has … Continue reading

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Tracking Shots Ep.7 – Love + Hate Short Film

Imaginarium Love + Hate shoot

For this installment of Tracking Shots we’re featuring a short film recently shot here in Thunder Bay. You may recognize the production company’s name – Imaginarium (they’ve done a lot of stuff for us in the past, including the extremely … Continue reading

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Tracking Shots Ep.6 – Surfin’ USA

Tracking Shots Ep.6 - Surfin' USA

Skateboarding, wakeboarding and longboarding – which extreme sport could we possibly feature next? This week’s Tracking Shots is our first (though I suspect not the last) surfing video, courtesy of Adam Klevin of Westside Pride Media. Adam and his company … Continue reading

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