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Little Big Head on 2 Foot Slider

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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.


Motion Control Vertical Riser


Motion Control Vertical Riser

Among our extensive line of motion control rigs and accessories, Pacific Motion Control offers a three-stage vertical riser. Offering precise repeatability and almost 7′ of vertical travel, this motion control vertical riser provides a great solution for precisely lifting cameras, models, and miniatures. It can be operated completely live, or can be programmed for frame accurate repeatability. Kuper motion control software allows the vertical riser to be used in conjunction with our other motion control moves, for complex coordinated motion.

For added flexibility, one or two stages can be removed, providing shorter travel, with added stability and weight handling. It can also be operated horizontally or on an angle.


FXGuide “Interstellar” Article Focuses on Motion Control and Miniatures

FXGuide Interstallar Article, New Deal, Pacific Motion Control

FXGuide recently published an article featuring the extensive motion control and miniatures work in Interstellar. Focusing primarily on the model building and special effects work of New Deal Studios, the article features some great shots of the Graphlite and the models. Pacific Motion Control provided a few motion control rigs for the filming of most of the space scenes and models. These included the Graphlite motion control crane, in its largest configuration, with a 3′ column riser and a 36″ arm extension. We also provided a bogey dolly, heavy duty turntable, and a heavy duty rotator, used to rotate the enormous models.

The realistic models and expert special effects allowed for extremely engaging and realistic space scenes. One particular effect referred to in the article is the mounting of a VistaVision camera to the models themselves. Director, Christopher Nolan wanted an intimate look at these beautiful ships as they careen through space. Pacific Motion Control, and motion control operator, Joshua Cushner were tasked with moving these giant models with precision, while the attached camera captured the rotation of lights and background for a breathtaking, up-close view of out-of-control spacecraft.

You can view the original article at FXGuide.com

Kuper Motion Control Operator: Joshua Cushner
Motion Control Tech: Craig Shumard
Motion Control Tech: Adam Francis
Motion Control Tech: Garritt Hampton

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New Interstellar Trailers


Interstellar Movie – Official Trailer 3
Tons of miniature shots in this one! All of the spaceship exterior shots were shot at New Deal Studios with the Graphlite, a bogey dolly, and a huge turntable/model mover from Pacific Motion Control. The movie looks like it is going to be great!


Interstellar Movie – Official Trailer 2

Director, Christopher Nolan is shooting for the moon with this one – pun intended. The film will be released in multiple formats, Including IMAX 70mm, 35mm film, and 4K digital, among others.


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