Firstly, it came in a ready fitted out Peli Case. I’m a sucker for matching cases. It makes me feel calm and in my happy place when all the boxes match in the back of the van!
Secondly, the case is just the right length to slide between the crew seats and the bulkhead in my VW Kombi. Thirdly (all in the wrong order, I know) it’s so wonderfully, beautifully engineered and very importantly, utterly silent when operated.
I first used the slider on the feature film Dangerous Game in 2016. I instantly bonded with it. It was up and ready to go in a matter of minutes, which is so jolly important when you want the luxury of a moving camera but haven’t really got the time to set it up.
You only need to have the camera move a few inches and it adds ‘oodles’ to the production value on screen.
I love moving a camera in this way. It’s the good old-fashioned way of doing it and I think it produces a wonderful old school cinematic look.