I started shooting my own content back in the early noughties, and it wasn’t long until I was chasing affordable motion control. I remember sitting on a hotel rooftop in Bangkok before sunrise, my trusty Nikon D70 mounted to the classic P+S Technik Skater Mini. I’d turn the speed controller to its minimum setting and use electrician’s tape to hold it in position so it could creep across the rooftop in a slow arc for the perfect moco timelapse.
Now with multi-axis moco systems like camBLOCK, almost anything is possible. We’ve cut holes in car roofs and mounted it upside down, hung it vertically down stairwells, cloned artists, given band members extra hands and independent eye movement, convinced plants to grow musically, and blended a slow-mo skater with a timelapse background.