Behind The Scenes

Longmire – Behind the Scenes – Filmed with the Cheetah Dolly


Longmire – Behind the Scenes

A very fast track move used to freeze action for Longmire. The high-speed Cheetah motion control dolly has a top speed of 20 Feet Per Second, while remaining completely precise and repeatable. The scene was filmed with a Phantom high-speed camera in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Cheetah high-speed track drive can also be used on our Graphlite, Gazelle, and Impala motion control cranes.

Motion Control Operator: Paul Maples
Motion Control Tech: Craig Shumard
Motion Control Tech: Adam Francis
Motion Control Tech: Chris Paxson

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Dracula Untold – Filmed with the Graphlite


Dracula Untold – Official Trailer (HD)


Dracula Untold – Behind the Scenes

The Graphlite motion control crane was used to shoot high-speed and visual effects shots. The long arm of the Graphlite allowed large circular shots to be filmed without using circular track. The portability of the Graphlite allowed these scenes to be filmed in Georgia.

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Kevin Bacon EE “Two For One Tickets” Commercial – Filmed with the Zebra


Kevin Bacon EE “Two For One Tickets” Commercial

Kevin Bacon stars as Kevin Bacon and Kevin Bacon and Kevin Bacon and Kevin Bacon and Kevin Bacon in this fantastic commercial for EE. Filmed with the Zebra motion control camera dolly with the Talon repeat head, and three Aerohead repeat heads, this commercial allows Kevin Bacon to reprise his roles from Apollo 13, Animal House, Friday the 13th, Footloose, A Few Good Men, and Hollow Man, with references in dialog to Tremors and Flatliners as well.

This commercial was shot on 6 Panavision Millennium 35mm Film Cameras, with 3 Aeroheads, a Talonon the Zebra, and additional cameras on Sticks. After everything was shot, motion control move data was exported from Kuper (for the zebra), and from the Aeroheads and given to production for use in post.

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Motion Control Operator: Paul Maples
Motion Control Tech: Craig Shumard
Aerohead Tech: Garritt Hampton
Aerohead Tech: Steve McDonagh


Jordan Flight Plate Innovation Film featuring King Bach – Filmed with the Technodolly


Jordan Flight Plate Innovation Film featuring King Bach
Technodolly Operator: Paul Maples
Technodolly Tech: Garritt Hampton
Director: Seth Epstein

In the words of the director, “shot over a long day, King Bach played 10+ characters (not all of em made it ). Shot on Red and using motion control we created a single camera move where he comes into scene as different characters”.

For this shot, which appears as an approximately 250′ continous track move, we set up 60′ of track on a green cyclorama stage in Hollywood. We programmed a very simple, 2 keyframe camera move, tracking straight back with the arm offset away from the track. The whole track move was approximately 50′ long and had to be a consistent speed. Using the maximum cartesian speed function on the Technodolly, we set a top track speed of about 1 Meter per second, then repeated the move many times as King Bach played numerous different characters (Twinning Shot). The same move was used to film additional actors (athletes), some of whom appear in the final commercial and some who don’t. The Technodolly worked continuously for around 17 hours without any problems and the quiet operation of the Technodolly allowed all of the dialog to be recorded live.

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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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