By site editor Dan Chung:
A couple of weeks ago we featured British outfit BeyondHD and their new Letus Helix/Exoskeleton setup, which was being used with the ARRI Alexa M on the BBC drama Luther. Since then we awarded Letus a Newsshooter best in show award for their brushless gimbals at NAB in Las Vegas.
BeyondHD have now released a more detailed behind the scenes video where they talk to Luther DP John Conroy about his experiences with the Helix and L’Aigle Exos exoskeleton. We hear a lot about the newer brushless gimbal technologies, but rarely get a chance to see how they are actually deployed on set. Conroy gives us a peek inside a busy set and explains why he prefers operating the Letus setup himself versus using another operator and an alternative system.
The impending release of the ARRI Alexa Mini should allow even greater flexibility, by doing away with the Alexa M cord and the backpack that Conroy is shown shooting with in the video. I don’t think it will be long before you see this kind of technology used on high end factual productions as well.