Bowens' brand-new Comodo Orbit is designed to provide photographers and cinematographers across the world with a radical new 'single shot' cinematic option.
Orbit, the brainchild of multi-award-winning Dutch film director Leonard Retel Helmrich, enables users to shoot a scene in a single take using just one camera moving 'fluidly - almost like flying - around the subject' and has been developed by Bowens to spearhead its Comodo camera rig and grip range.
The new device, which incorporates a unique patented twin-grip capability, allows users to move freely with the action - allowing seamless access into places previously considered impossible with other support systems and creating a totally exclusive viewer perspective.
Unlike competitor rigs the 'user friendly' Comodo Orbit does not need balancing weights, motors or batteries.
Two-handed operation also means less user fatigue – allowing for much longer takes where required.
Retel Helmrich, who has spent years working on the rig, believes the market for the new product is huge. He said: "We think that everyone who uses a small camera or camcorder could potentially be a customer for this rig which brings a new dimension to film-making techniques.
We teamed with Bowens a year ago as we needed to work with a heavyweight company that has global reach and outstanding development and marketing skills.
An Orbit prototype was showcased at the Las Vegas NAB Show last year and we asked photographers and cinematographers to test drive it. The feedback was so exciting that Bowens agreed to move to full production as soon as possible."
Tim Haskell, Bowens Business Development Manager said: "Orbit really is a game-changer. It’s the first stabilised camera rig designed to fulfil ‘single shot cinema’ shooting requirements and still be used as a stabilised rig for more conventional assignments.
Uniquely, the twin-handled design allows one camera operator to hand-off the rig to another operator smoothly and seamlessly, making the camera appear to fly through windows and small spaces in a way no other rig can do.
We believe this product has potential for virtually all users of DSLR/mirrorless cameras and small/medium camcorders. Smaller production companies that find themselves working with ever- tightening budgets can use the Orbit to capture multi-viewpoint footage without the need for larger camera crews. And now film-makers will be able to create films without being hindered by the very process of creating them."
Orbit, which will retail at £999 (incl VAT), will be showcased at the UK's largest broadcast Tech Show – BVE at London’s ExCeL venue (Feb 25-27).
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