I launched my first “signature product” three years ago with Kessler Crane, the Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly: http://gopb.co/pbdolly and have been approached to do others since, but I haven’t felt the need to do anything else or been excited enough about anything, or had a reason why my name need be on it. Although I do have my own fragrance and swimwear line coming out soon!
The key thing for me, is to have my name on something is a big deal, it’s insanely flattering and with the Kessler Dolly it clearly set the bar high that the product needed to be incredibly useful and this is essential, it must not SUCK!!!
Which ironically brings me onto Vbag They sent me some of their older vacuum bags to check out. These are great bits of kit designed to mount your camera rock-solid onto almost anything you want, within reason! It’s a soft bag filled with pellets that ,when you suck the air out, becomes rock-hard and won’t lose its shape at all until you release the valve and let air back in! I said I liked it, but would prefer a number of things changed for me to really like and use it. Smaller, lighter, softer, more flexible material to make it easier to mould to things, MUCH smaller pump, one valve but still with a small hole to attach to bag and…I needed to make it as portable as possible for my work…They said OK, and that is really how the second product came about!
The difference between my special one and their standard pro line is that mine has a more flexible softer material, much better for me for going in bags, a single valve (all that’s needed on a small one) a MUCH MUCH smaller pump and is MUCH cheaper…hooray!!
Please note I am only using two bags for one example in the video to show how a VERY extreme situation you could use two to get out of it but one is all you need for 99% of situations.
It’s incredibly flattering to have my name now on two film-making products and I love this one to bits. It’s so bloody useful and easy to carry around. Honestly, it has gotten me out of a number of awkward spots already in placing the camera where I want it.
In this video I explain what it is, what it does and how to use it.
Enjoy the video and if you buy the bag I hope you love it as much as I do!
Filmed by Nino Leitner
Edited by Philip Bloom
Assistant Kat Dietl