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io9.com Article Highlights the Importance of the Use of Miniatures in Interstellar

In the io9.com article “Interstellar Is the Best and Worst Space Opera You’ll Ever See“, author Annalee Newitz highlights the importance of the extensive use of miniatures in Interstellar. In it she writes, “Nolan shot the film using a lot of practical effects, and this really matters when it comes to the spaceship sequences. The pilot Cooper (a scenery-chewing Matthew McConaughey) and his crew are in a ring-shaped vessel called the Endurance, and every time the landing ships dock with it you can see the telltale wobbles that reveal this isn’t a perfect, clean CGI creation. I’m not saying the ships look like models — in fact, they look more realistic than anything digital. There’s a feeling of heft and fragility that you get with practical effects that CGI never achieves, and it’s perfect for this story”. While the author doesn’t love everything about the movie, she does point out an undeniable fact about the film. The spaceship scenes look beautifully realistic.

These models were built by New Deal Studios and were filmed with the Graphlite and other motion control equipment from Pacific Motion. Kuper operator, Joshua Cushner and techs, Craig Shumard, Adam Francis, and Garritt Hampton spent several weeks at new deal moving cameras and equipment. The end result is spectacular.

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Gone Girl Features Liberal use of Pacific Motion Talon Head

A recent American Cinematographer Magazine article highlighted the extensive use of the Talon head from Pacific Motion. Jeff Cronenweth, ASC used the Talon head for precise camera movement in tight setups. Said Cronenweth, “In this kind of movie, it is all about the intimacy of the camera with the characters”. The Talon provides extreme precision and ability to be operated remotely, in a compact and quiet package that allows the camera to be placed very close to actors without the intrusion of an operator.

American Cinematographer has featured Pacific Motion’s work and equipment several times. Check out the magazine at www.theasc.com.

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Coming Soon – Terminator Genisys – Filmed with the Impala


Terminator Genisys Trailer

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New Creative Handbook Ad

Creative Ad Final Curves
Pacific Motion just finalized its 2014 Creative Handbook ad. Keep an eye out for it in the new creative handbook or visit them online at www.creativehandbook.com

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Hugo Boss, “This is Boss” Commercial


Hugo Boss, “This is Boss” Commercial

Filmed in the woods about an hour outside of Toronto, Ontario for the Hugo Boss Spring 2015 collection.

For the continuous circular shots, the Cyclone motion control rig was used. The cyclone is built to allow for a fixed-length arm, holding a motion control pan/tilt camera head, to rotate continuously around a stationary base. The Cyclone can also be rigged overhead to allow for unimpeded 360 degree views of the space below. Visit www.PacificMotion.net for more information, or call 818-768-1573.

Model: Suvi Koponen
Directed by Marco Brambilla

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