There are certain things in some films that clue you in as to who directed them. J.J. Abrams, for example, is synonymous with over-the-top lens flares and camera shake. In the case of Michael Bay, it’s that hero shot, orbiting around the subjects with a long lens and the background whizzing by behind them. It’s not always an easy shot to make perfectly, but Josh Yeo at Make. Art. Now. seems to have figured it out.
It’s thanks to a new tool he’s developed for the Marbl Orbit, launched in 2021. It connects to the head and allows you to place speed rails of any length inside it, rather than being limited to the length of the Orbit’s arms. This allows you to get the camera out further from your subject to be able to reproduce that Michael Bay spinning hero shot. It’s not an inexpensive solution, though.