Intro by Philip Bloom:
With the advent of DSLRs shooting video, sliders have become an essential part of any filmmakers kit. The ability to do small dolly moves can make your shot so much more cinematic.
I have been using various sliders for almost two years and none of them ever fulfilled my needs completely. Too heavy, not smooth enough etc…
The Kessler Cineslider has been by far the greatest slider I have ever used with two downsides for me. The size and weight. I fly a lot and it is simply too big without its own case and it needs support on either end ideally or a heavy duty tripod. I often use lightweight tripods and wanted the design of the Cineslider combined with the weight of the Kessler Pocket Dolly. The Pocket Dolly V2 is a superb dolly but I personally missed the features of the Cineslider.
I suggested this to Eric Kessler and he came up with this, the “Philip Bloom Signature Series Pocket Dolly”, very flattering to have a piece of gear named after you but even better to now have the ultimate lightweight slider finally available. This really is it…a pocket Cineslider, with the same movement and design features like drag control, integrated crank and different speed ratio all in one beautifully designed package. It comes complete with outrigger feet, flat head tripod adaptor and nifty case. It is also totally compatible with the Elektra drive and Oracle system meaning you can motorize your movements both in real time and for timelapses.
This is the best piece of kit I have ever used and I am incredibly proud for it be the first piece of gear to ever bear my name!
The Philip Bloom Signature Series Pocket Dolly is a hybrid slider that combines the lightweight portable rail & carriage system of our standard Pocket Dolly with the adjustable arc diameter handle and drag control of our CineSlider. Features include drag control and locking, handle with adjustable arc diameter for ultimate movement control, smooth rolling precision stainless steel ball bearing wheels, and multple mounting options.
The Philip Bloom Signature Series Pocket Dolly is smoother than other linear sliders due to our ball bearing wheel design. Plus, with the belt drive you have the option to go to full automation with our elektraDRIVE system that boasts features like time lapse, memory/motion playback, digital dampening and many more options that will make getting that perfect shot easy.
“Great for time-lapse, actually the best of the three for time-lapse, but not the best one for hand manual operation or for traveling. The 3 foot struggles to go in most suitcases, I put mine in a snowboard bag, but if you don’t fly much it’s the most versatile, though it has two big caveats. One I have already mentioned, the other is that mounting it on a tripod can be tricky due to its length, and this means that manual operation can be a bit tricky. I recommend a tripod at each end, or just on one end with a monopod or light stand at the other. It does need extra support as it’s long. If you have a heavy duty tripod or a Hercules head, then you can use just one.” – Philip Bloom