Zacuto Scorpion Rig BTS On Set. Technicolor Cinestyle Night Test.


We decided to create a little spec commercial to test out the new Zacuto Scorpion rig in the field. We only had it for the weekend and wanted to test it in the field. Technicolor also happened to drop the new Cinestyle Picture Style for the Canon 5D mark II. So we decided to to check it out at night. We also wanted to test out the Filmtools three point car mount. We rented a convertible from Budget for around one hundred bucks, we found our lovely talent Lindsey hours before the shoot and headed to Downtown LA for some night car footage. We were lucky enough to get the location for twenty bucks and used it as base camp. The Scorpion rig was very comfortable and ergonomic. I did not have to take it off once during the shoot. It really is the best DSLR rig I have ever used. The Technicolor Cinestyle picture style adds quite a bit of latitude for the shadows and the highlights. We learned a lot on this little spec shoot.

First: We learned NEVER to rent the Mitsubishi Eclipse convertible ever again. The lamest looking convertible to photograph in the world.

Second: We learned not too expect too much from a shoot that we literally put together in one day.

Third: The Zacuto Scorpion rig is ultra balanced and comfortable and the Technicolor Cinestyle picture style for Canon DSLR’s increases your latitude for both the shadows and highlights. This is truly a great tool for DSLR work that will be color corrected in post.

Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood, California. After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography. About two years ago a new Canon camera changed the way the world sees both motion and still photography. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
  • Susan Rapp

    Nice Legs + Nice Rig!!

  • Steve

    Smooth as a tripod

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  • Wide Open Camera

    If there are any musicians out there willing to let us license a song for use in this spot, it would be a huge help! Looking for a high energy pop or rock song. Please tweet @wideopencamera.

  • Novais

    Can you balance the scorpion rig I such way it remains balanced even without any hands holding it? Sometimes I want to keep both hands free to do something else and not hold the camera…