Freeflyer: The Dreamers

“Sometimes, everything just falls into place – the location is perfect, the light is amazing and the couple is really into it. You frame up and press record – and everything is golden.” Hugo van Dijke of The Dreamers Wedding Cinema is exactly that, a dreamer. Luckily for him, the dreams seem to come true – and not just when shooting a couple on their special day. Hugo won a Movi M5’s at IBC in 2014.

Hugo and his soon-to-be-wife, Yael, make up the Amsterdam-based wedding film shop. Since incorporating the M5 into their work, they’ve found it to be an indispensable tool. It has completely changed the way the approach their work.

The MōVI brought a better understanding of why movement is so important and when is best to use it.

“Movement was always something that was hard for us to do, because we dislike the handheld approach to a wedding and slider shots often feel too fabricated – it takes you out of the flow of the film,” says Hugo. “With our MōVI came not only a tool that allowed us to create ultra smooth shots, but it also brought a better understanding of why movement is so important and when is best to use it.”

After getting over the honeymoon stage (pun intended) of getting a shiny new piece of gear – that stage where you might be tempted to use it “for a bouquet-shot … Overkill.” came an understanding of the scenarios where the Movi really shines.

Hugo elaborates: “A thing the MōVI allows us to do is to ‘break the ice’ during a couple shoot. We’re working with real people that are nervous for their wedding and anxious to be in front of a camera — and acting like it. We try and use our MōVI to ease them into it. Simple walking shots look great in a heartbeat, and once you show them the result, nine times out of ten the couple gets more into it – they like what they see and even have fun doing it. The Movi helps them to relax and opens them up for the rest of the shoot.”
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Simple walking shots look great in a heartbeat, and once you show them the result, nine times out of ten the couple gets more into it.

Hugo and Yael also use their Movi to put the guests at ease. “The MōVI is a great tool that helps us connect with people. Not everyone has ever seen a gimbal, and if we notice people are curious about what it is or what we’re doing, we invite them to come take a look at some of the shots we’ve taken.”

They work with the Blackmagic Ursa Mini 4.6K and a Blackmagic Cinema Camera and their Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera with a Speedbooster and a Sigma 18-35 1.8 rides the MōVI.

Monitoring is done with the Blackmagic Video Assist which doubles as a proxy-recorder when shooting RAW. Add a BMPCC and a LANC-controller and their Movi set up weighs in at 3-4 kilos (about 7-9 pounds). “…perfect if you want to use it for longer periods of time. Another upside to it being so lightweight is that female operators can just pick it up and shoot, something that has been a problem with heavier gimbals or steadicams.”
Hugo and Yael have their dedicated Movi set up ready to go at all times. After a quick boot up, they’re ready to shoot. The Dreamers use their Movi in Majestic Mode (single operator).

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The Dreamers broke some new barriers this past year. They landed their first real destination wedding, were nominated for their first award and stayed fully booked. This growth, of course, comes from their hard work and a mastery of their craft. Still, in talking with them it’s clear that they credit the Movi with helping them develop and evolve their style. They are preparing to upgrade their M5 to a Movi M10 to accommodate their Ursa Mini 4.6k.

Learn more about The Dreamers online here. Be sure to catch them on Instagram, Twitter and see some of their work on Vimeo.