Leonard Retel Helmrich

We were super lucky today to have Leonard Retel Helmrich, visit our studio for the whole morning session. Leonard is currently a fellow at Radcliffe-Harvard Film Study Center at Harvard. He has developed a theoretical perspective and a practical technique for his work, single-shot cinema, which involves long takes with a constantly moving camera. He has also designed a special camera mount, the SteadyWing, that allows extraordinary stability and maneuverability. Here is Leonard showing our students the SteadyWings and how they could be used.

Here is a clip of the documentary “Shape of the Moon”.

After that, we spent the last few hours making a low-cost version of the steady wings. We got all the parts from Home Depot.

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