Eye Direct MkII

Eye Direct MkII

Standard kit includes:

Eye Direct MkII – Complete system to mount your camera, to your tripod
18″ adjustable baseplate
Riser for DSLRs
iPad/tablet accessory to convert system to teleprompter/autocue
Spare Beam Splitter
Flight case
Assembly Manual
Daily rate: £75 +VAT

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Our thoughts

This clever contraption allows you to interview your subject with their eye line being directly into the camera lens.  The interviewer sits beside the camera looking into a mirror, their image is then reflected in the beam splitter in front of the cameras lens so that the interviewee can speak to the interviewer but appear to be speaking directly to camera.

It’s a technique that was made popular by documentary director Errol Morris and has become a popular way to shoot interviews.

Remember that the interviewer needs to be lit in order for the effect to work. If you’re shooting in a dark space then you will need to light the interviewer. This can be as simple as a camera top light spun round to light the person next to the camera.

When I’m using this rig I also like to set a flag up in front of the interviewer to create more cover so that the interviewee can’t see the interviewer at all. I find it’s less distracting for the interviewee. Alternatively, if you’re on the run, you can just stick a piece of black wrap to the eye direct.

Easy set-up
Accommodations for DSLRs to full-size cameras with zoom
18″ adjustable balance base plate and riser
Versatility to put the interviewer on either side of the camera
No electricity required
High quality beamsplitter mirror and secondary glass ‘Edison’ mirror

Coronavirus (COVID-19) May 2020 update

We are open for business but have altered the way we work to maintain a safe working environment. As a small but resilient company and we are always happy to tailor our services to your specific requirements.

Here is an update about the procedures and facilities we have put in place.


Our studios have fresh air ventilation systems which provide a constant supply of fresh air as opposed to a recirculation system. They are also quiet enough to run whilst recording sound

We have just installed a dual internet system that runs on fast 5G in addition to fibre broadband so that we can offer a very robust internet connection for live video streaming etc.

We can provide a reliable online video stream from the studios so that your client can monitor the shoot remotely

There is remote audio and video monitoring provided from the studio to the client room and both dressing rooms for Studio 1 and to the client room for Studio 2. Studio 1 also have a microphone set up in the green room so that you can communicate remotely via the PA

We have opened a roof garden in addition to the private yard so we can offer clients more outdoor ancillary space

Safe equipment handling

All equipment supplied by SLV is made safe using a combination of quarantining, disinfection, UV-C light and ozone sanitising

Our staff members wear appropriate PPE whilst handling equipment

Workstations are being sanitised before and after use

Our vans are sanitised before and after use

Studio sanitation

Hand santiser is provided on main entry to the premises and around the building

We ask that crew and clients arrive with their own PPE, however we have it available to purchase if required

Everyone, including SLV staff, entering the premises will have their temperature measured and we reserve the right to refuse entry of anyone displaying symptoms of Covid -19

Client facing staff wears PPE

The Studio 1 showers are still available to use however we ask that people bring their own towels

Studio 1 and studio 2 are to use separate toilets and kitchen facilities provided if both are in use on the same day

We are currently limiting the maximum number of people inside each studio space to 10 people for Studio 1 and 3 people for Studio 2. We also have displayed a limit for the number of people in each specific area

We ask that gaffers and sparks wear gloves and masks when appropriate

The premises are being santised at the end of each working day

We know that things are very difficult in our industry right now, however we would like to reassure our clients that we are here to help get the industry back on its feet.

Take care and hope to see you soon,

SLV Team