KesslerCrane CineSlider Review - plus test short film “Awakening”
By Nino Leitner | May 17, 2011
Before I go into detail about sliders and the KesslerCrane CineSlider that I have reviewed in particular, check out his little test short that I shot a while back in Vienna's famous "Wurschtlprater", a luna park, months before it's opening to the public again. The people in charge of the rides (there is no general admission fee, you have to pay individually for access to the operators' rides) were testing their rides on this unusually sunny winter day.
Sliders are all the rave nowadays, and their appearance is not just a fluke, there's a reason for their popularity: They still form a relatively new product category and simply allow you to bring smooth motion to your images, which is something that is relatively difficult to achieve using other affordable gear: Dollies cannot be used by one person alone and they are large, heavy and need time to assemble. Stabilizing systems like a Steadicam or Glidecam are notoriously hard to master.
Camera sliders were born out of the thought that quite often, a little motion is all you need to make your images look more lively and interesting. In our time and age it has become common for most TV shows and movies to utilize consistently moving cameras, no matter if motivated by the action or not. If that is a good or bad thing is probably not up to my judgment, but it's a fact that audiences' expectations have risen enormously over the past decades, and if you want to add an additional quality to an otherwise boring shot (and I'm particularly thinking about commercial and corporate here, were having a consistent storyline is unfortunately often a luxury), sliders are the way to go.
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