Burbank, CA (March 13, 2020)—Craig Kief, a Los Angeles-based director of photography, is using Riedel’s Bolero Standalone wireless intercom to keep all of his camera operators, focus pullers and department heads in close communication with each other.
“Bolero has been a fantastic addition to my team. Interestingly, now that we’ve gotten out of the 2.4 range, all of my other 2.4 gear is working better,” said Kief. “Wireless lighting control, focus control, and other gear is functioning much better now, and the main difference is that we’re no longer using the 2.4 GHz system.”
Kief added, “Everyone leverages the intercom’s Bluetooth capabilities by using wireless earpieces. The freedom of no wires results in far fewer tangles as crews move around with cameras. With tools and gear hanging all over them and long days standing and moving around, having even one less cable dangling really means something. It’s purely a quality-of-life thing, but it’s made my crew so much happier after a long day.”
Kief powers his Bolero antenna from a 12VDC battery mounted in a cart that is moved often over the course of a shoot. On battery power, there is no interruption of Bolero’s comms while the cart is repositioned, and just two small Anton Bauer Dionic batteries will run the system. “For moving shots in vehicles, no problem—we just throw the antenna into the trunk and go,” Kief said.
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