The Dream Engine Method

  • April 11, 2017
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Here at Dream Engine we are constantly working to improve our methods and stay up to the minute with our shooting techniques. Video is a fast paced industry to be in and you have to stay relevant with new cameras, technology and software. Here’s a look at some of our recent work that shows some of our newest acquistition, the DJI Ronin camera stabilizer and the DJI Mavic Pro Drone.


Camera Stabilizers

A near essential in any videographer’s kit, the stabilizer is is essential for getting smooth motion in tracking shots, so you can follow the action and get reliably smooth footage through the Ronin’s 3-axis gimbal. Based on the principles set by the industry-standard Steadicam, the Ronin minimises camera shake and gives the camera a floating effect.


camera drone

Continuing our brand loyalty into Drones, we use the DJI Mavic Pro, a new entry into the rapidly growing drone camera market. With it’s 4K sensor, OcuSync technology that allows you to monitor what the drone is recording on your phone at 720p quality. We use the drone to show off the scale and scope of things, for example when recording establishing shots, why settle for a boring locked off tripod shot when you can descend down from the heavens, or launch up and around the building?


Dream Engine take great pride in our lighting, as we believe it’s one of the most important things to master if you’re going to make great looking video. For things like interviews, our preference is usually a combination of Kino Divalights for faces and diffused Dedolights to provide a soft backlight for the subjects. This gives the faces a soft look and the backlight provides a separation between the interviewee and the background.


Green Screen

A necessity in modern video production, the green screen is a wonderful tool that should be used wisely. Green screen can be used to great effect (when properly executed) in training videos, interviews. The key to good green screen, is uh, a good key. A key is what you will use to remove the greenscreen in post-production. The only way to get a good key is to make sure your greenscreen, whether it be in a studio or a portable screen on location, is to make it as even a green as possible. Use diffused light on either side of the screen to avoid any hotspots. Any to avoid any green reflecting onto the backs of your talent, put as much distance as possible between the camera, the subject and the green screen. This will reduce what’s known as “spill,” or the green outline around the subject.

If you are looking to produce a great looking, modern corporate video, get in touch with Dream Engine today.


 Ryan Spanger


Ryan Spanger is one of Melbourne’s most respected and sought-after video production professionals. Ryan founded Dream Engine in 2001, and specializes in helping medium to large corporates, government departments, and the non-profit sector to connect with their audience by using video.

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