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TV Film and Their Toys: New Equipment Tested by Students

by Katherine Kusik '15 | Mar 25, 2014

The TV/film department has recently added some new equipment to their menagerie of toys. The latest addition to the collection is the MŌvi made by Freefly Systems outside of Washington State.

This piece of equipment is a holding device for the camera. The unique thing about the MŌvi is that one matter how you move the handles, the camera’s shot stays steady and balanced.

DeSales TV/Film department tests MOvi cameraThe MŌvi set costs about $23,000 as a whole and is the pride and joy of Chuck Gloman and the rest of the TV/film department.

“Mike Wagner, another professor at DeSales, and I went up to New York for the day in order to learn how to use it,” said Gloman. “You have to balance all the different parts but once you can do that you can move the parts in any which way and the camera will remain balanced. If you don’t know how to balance it correctly then it won’t work at all.” 

The MŌvi works wirelessly with a tablet or a computer via Bluetooth. There is also a wireless remote that helps with different angles while shooting. There is also a GPS, which helps with positioning.

This state-of-the-art piece of equipment takes about 45 minutes to get set up and adjusted. There are special screwdrivers you have to use in order to get it all set up.

The MŌvi can be a little temperamental. When setting up the battery, if you plug the wires in wrong, you could potentially blow up the battery and if you leave the batter uncharged for too long, then the battery will blow up. These are bugs that the company is still working out but so far it hasn’t been a problem for the DeSales students using it.

“We learned the hard way that the system doesn’t like to operate at temperatures below 32 degrees because the battery with stop working,” said Gloman. “They tested it in Sweden in cold temperatures and it worked for them because they wrapped the battery in electric hand warmers. I think we will just have to invest in battery warmers especially with the cold temperatures that we experience here.” 

The MŌvi has just been released to the public for sale and DeSales is privileged enough to be trying it out for free.

“I am fortunate enough to be a contributing editor to five magazines,” said Gloman. “I get to review new products before they are released to the public. Having new equipment available to me in this school type setting is extremely valuable to my students because they are able to try out all these new products before they get out into the industry and work on official sets.”

After the TV/Film department is done reviewing the product, Gloman usually gets the piece of equipment for a reduced price and he is able to keep it for all the students to use and to borrow for their projects.

“In the TV/Film department, we proud ourselves that when the students graduate they will have used all the latest technology in the field,” Said Gloman. “In order for them to thrive in this industry they need to be kept up to date on all the latest equipment and my job as their professor is to provide them with all the technology and knowledge that I can get my hands on.” 

For junior TV/film major, Taylor Turchick, the MŌvi has come at a perfect time in his training at DeSales.

“It took me about 20 minutes to really figure it out,” said Turchick. “I have had the opportunity to use the camera for one shoot so far and I am in the process of using it for another.”

Turchick and TV/Film classmate, Lance Bracale are in the process of making a commercial for the company Under Armour.

“We sent them an email asking for some of their products to use for a promotional campaign and they sent us some great stuff and gave us the rights to their logo, music and products,” said Turchick.  “For the shoot we are using the DeSales campus and actors from DeSales. We are really lucky to have the MŌvi to shoot with and I think it will help make a great commercial.”

The TV/film industry is very competitive. The students need to be focused and have access to all the latest equipment and technology. 

“Being a TV/film major here is a lot of hard work,” said Turchick. “But, you get out what you put in. With the TV/film department at DeSales University, there are opportunities there that are yours for the taking. You just have to be proactive and take them.

This department is really making a name for itself in terms of being one of the best programs in its field. Keep an eye out for upcoming events that they are offering.

This article originally appeared in the March 19, 2014, issue of The DeSales Minstrel. Used with permission.

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