Competition! Win a Kessler Crane Philip Bloom Signature Edition Slider and Red Giant Software’s Magic Bullet Suite


Competition deadline now Tuesday midnight GMT so hurry!

EDIT: Here is a brilliant film showing the quality of the work being submitted to this competition..

Bloom Porno from Karen Abad ♥s Dinosaurs. on Vimeo.

Inspired by Isabella Rossellini’s “Green Porno,” Bloom Porno is a film about filmmaker Philip Bloom.

created by: Karen Abad and Angeline Gragasin

I should have launched this competition a few days ago when my new Slider was released, anyway..better late than never. Both myself and Eric were a bit shocked when we put them up for sale and they sold out within 12 hours. More are due later this month so keep an eye out on the site for availability by clicking on the banner ad at the top of the page…In the meantime here is something to keep you occupied!

With a 16mm Bolex on it!!

This is inspired by Harold Green, Larry Westfall and Brian Potter who have made two very silly but funny shorts about wanting Kessler Crane gear. Harold actually scored my bad hair day short coincidentally.

Anyway, I have convinced legendary scrooge and lover of bad pop music Eric Kessler (kidding!) to give away either a full size or traveller length Philip Bloom Slider (sounds VERY wrong I know…then so does a Philip Bloom pocket dolly!) which is worth $1095!!! The runner up prize is Red Giant Software’s Magic Bullet Suite which retails for $800!!

So what do you have to do to win it? Make something fun or clever like these guys did below, entertain us, make me smile. Don’t copy, be original! Imagination may well win over the actual quality of the film…But these guys have done a cracking job, even if the phrase “Wives, say yes to Kessler” is the WRONGEST thing EVER SAID EVER! Wives, you do not know what you are letting yourselves in for! Although he is a handsome fella…;)

Actually although I am being very cheeky about Eric, he has become like family to me in the past few months. He probably is one of the nicest, most generous and caring people you could ever hope to meet. He has been a great friend to me recently and I cannot thank him enough.

Anyway enough of the slushy stuff…you have just 2 weeks to do this. Upload to this group in Vimeo and make sure in the credits it says it’s for the Philip Bloom/ Kessler Crane Competition! Captain Crane and I will be judging this and it needs to be uploaded by Tuesday 19th October 2359 GMT. Just so you know Eric’s humour is more…er, simple, his favourite movie is “Joe Dirt”, my humour is obviously drier and more sophisticated being that I am English of course 😉

This MUST be made specifically for the competition. Please do not enter something already made. One reference to Kessler somewhere is needed.

If you want to try out the Dolly in person I will have it with me at the Vimeo awards workshops, the Boston workshops and at the Canon event in London at the end of October.

Kessler Gear Beg from Harold Green on Vimeo.

• Narrated by Larry Westfall
• Starring Larry Westfall, Harold Green, Brian Potter, Elena Witt-Guerra
• Written by Brian Potter, Larry Westfall, Harold Green, Jason Benjamin
• Shot in Houston, Texas by Brian Potter, Larry Westfall, Jason Benjamin
• Music/scored by Harold Green / Vision Creative Media
• Edited and color graded by Harold Green / Vision Creative Media
• Jib and cardboard engineering: Larry Westfall / Lime Light Media
• Comic Relief: Brian Potter Productions

• Canon 5D MkII, f/2.8L 24-70mm, f/2.8L 70-200mm
• Final Cut Pro 7, Adobe After Effects CS5, Magic Bullet Colorista II
• Logic Pro 9, Roland RD-700GX

On Twitter:
• Harold Green
• Brian Potter
• Jason Benjamin

Say Yes To Kessler from Harold Green on Vimeo.

Several heavy cardboard boxes arrive – all postmarked from Kessler Crane. (

Keeping Up With The Kesslers from Harold Green on Vimeo.

• Shot on Canon 5DMkII, 24-70mm f/2.8L, 70-200mm f/2.8L
• Kessler Cineslider, Manfrotto 143A Magic Arm, Oracle controller
• Kessler 8’/12′ V3 Crane, Revolution head, Oracle controller
• Natural lighting + diffusion
• Zoom H4N Field Recorder
• Edited in FCP 7
• Composited, Graded in AE CS5, Magic Bullet Looks
• Music: Logic Pro 9
• Sound: Soundtrack Pro

Produced, Directed, Shot & Edited by Larry Westfall, Brian Potter, Harold Green

On Twitter:
• Harold Green:
• Brian Potter:

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  1. Brilliant!!! Those were great!!! I am so one of these guys…..damn it (wife), say YES TO KESSLER!!!!

    I am forwarding these links to my wife as we speak…funny thing is, I was just inquiring w/ Eric about your rig last week…alas they were sold out….oh well….

    thinking of something to throw together now….

    cheers! thanks for the laughs


  2. LMAO! Very fun stuff. My wife say’s that new gear “Just magically appears” @ our house :P. I can hear her now. Honey….. The UPS man is here!

  3. I know this already has your signature on it, but I think you should actually sign the winning one with a sharpie so its even more original 🙂

    Best regards Fawaz (i get scared writing best regards because the g and t are to close on the key board and imagine if miss the wrong key typing best regards lol)

  4. Haha, cool!

    Do you happen to have some hi-res footage of the crane or slider shot in a way that would make it easier to superimpose it (e.g. the full product against a solid contrasting color)?


    1. Cineslider is best out there as it takes heavy loads as well as light ones. But it’s very heavy. needs a very good tripod head to work with and it’s too big to fly with. This takes the best features and makes it lightweight.

  5. Hello Phillip,

    First of all: Awesome competition! And great website!

    I’ve been trying to upload my entry to the competition but I systematically get the following message at the end of the upload:

    “This video is not part of the Phillip Bloom/Kessler Crane Competition”

    I checked all the privacy settings and the other settings as well.

    I don’t see what is wrong and I can’t get my entry in. Please help!



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