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BRITDOC Impact Award Spot – Time-Lapse


BRITDOC Impact Award Spot


BRITDOC Impact Award Spot – Behind the Scenes

This ad for the BRITDOC Impact Award was shot with a multi-stage motion control slider (linear mover) and the Talon pan/tilt head from Pacific Motion Control. The head was used as a repeat head and controlled by the Talon controller. The slider was controlled by our stepper speed controller. While this wasn’t truly a motion control shot, in that the head and slider were not controlled by the same system and would not have repeated together, the shot only called for precise movement and this was a low cost and simple option. The DP for the shot, Dallas Sterling, is a fantastic DP who is very familiar with our equipment and just needed a simple system for this shot. We were happy to help. A Canon DSLR was used for the shot, and the zoom was accomplished in post.


Behind the Scenes with the Impala


Behind the Scenes with the Impala

The Impala impala is highly portable and customizable. For this movie shoot, the Impala had to be shipped to another state, and run on circular dolly track, straight motion control track, and set up on Steeldeck. When fitted with the Talon head, the Impala is a light, modular rig which can even be lifted into place by a few guys. The Impala was used extensively on this shoot for visual effects shots, shot on a green screen stage with practical set pieces. These shots were filmed on an Arri Alexa.

Motion Control Operator – Paul Maples
Motion Control Tech – Craig Shumard


NBC “Believe” Promo – Filmed with the Cheetah Dolly


NBC “Believe” Promo 2 “Feel It”


NBC “Believe” Promo 2 “Feel It” – Behind the Scenes

This promo is called “Feel It” and was filmed with the Cheetah high-speed motion control Dolly from Pacific Motion Control. The Cheetah dolly was used to film multiple passes, including background plates, special effects (cars falling), and actor passes. In a shot like this, many times actors are filmed separately from special effects for safety. These multiple passes are then combined in post for a seamless effect. In order to ensure that all passes match, Kuper motion control software provides camera sync, via a shutter pulse from film or professional digital cameras (Red Epic, Arri Alexa), or through video sync (Genlock) by using a converter. Kuper can also be slaved to timecode to allow for synced audio. The spot was filmed at Disney’s Golden Oak Ranch on a Phantom high-speed camera.

Promo for NBC’s new J.J. Abrams show, “Believe”, features Kelly Sweet’s cover of Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight”.


USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center Commercial – Filmed with the Impala


USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center Commercial


USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center Commercial – Behind the Scenes

This commercial shoot provided some unique opportunities and challenges for Pacific Motion. The USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center is part of the Keck Medicine of USC. As such, it is a working hospital and is actively treating cancer patients with highly compromised immune systems. In order to shoot in such and environment the Pacific Motion had to completely clean and sterilize all of the equipment that would be working in the hospital. Prior to the shoot the equipment had to be inspected and approved for use.

The extreme portability and compact size of the Impala made many of these shots possible. The Impala had to be able to fit behind counters and in other tight spaces for many of the shots, while still providing adequate arm length for some high angles. It had to be easily able to moved to multiple locations throughout the shoot and had to fit through standard doors and halls.

The commercial was shot on a Red Epic and featured similar moves in several locations, which had to flow seamlessly from one to the next. The ability to quickly perform offsets in Kuper motion control software allowed the crew to move the rig, then slightly offset the camera position to match each move. Throughout the shoot the Impala performed flawlessly and contributed to an outstanding commercial.

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