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Babel – Mumford & Sons – Music Video directed by Sam Jones


Babel – Mumford & Sons

Director – Sam Jones
Production Company – Black Dog Films/RSA
Motion Control Operator: Mike Leben
Motion Control Tech: Garritt Hampton


Behind the Scenes

Babel is a fantastic example of “Twinning”. Filmed with the Graphlite motion control camera crane on an Red Epic-M Monochrome, Director Sam Jones created the illusion of an army of Mumford & Sons band members in a single continuous circular shot. To achieve this effect, Motion Control Operator, Mike Leben first created a single camera move, consisting of a 720 degree swing on the Graphlite arm and a 24 foot dolly move. This created a large oval move that after being traveled twice by the Graphlite, ended in a long dolly back and zoom out, revealing the enormity of the room. After this move was created, it was filmed in approximately 25 smaller passes, with the band being reset between each take. The precise repeatabilty of the Graphlite allowed these multiple takes to be edited into a seemingly endless single shot featuring dozens of band members in the same room. Because the Band had a limited time to shoot the video, the move was programmed on the first day, using cardboard stand-ins, then the whole video was shot in one, relatively short shoot day. The crew and band were fantastic, and even under very demanding time constraints, it was an extremely relaxed and enjoyable shoot day.

The video was filmed in the abandoned Oakland Central Station, which is an extraordinarily beautiful location and offered great photographic opportunities.


“Valibation” Behind the Scenes – Filmed with the Impala Motion Control Crane

BEHIND THE SCENES VALIBATION from ulteriorproductions.com on Vimeo.

The small size and light weight of the Impala motion control crane and Talon Pan/Tilt head allowed us to get the rig into some very tight spots to shoot this short film.

Motion Control Operator: Rob Menapace
Motion Control Tech: Garritt Hampton
Motion Control Tech: Craig Shumard

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Nike LeBron X+ Commercial “Shoe Science” – Filmed with the Cheetah high-speed dolly


Nike LeBron X+ Commercial “Shoe Science”
Produced by Juliet Zulu
For a unique perspective, the Cheetah high-speed motion control dolly was used under a plexiglass deck to show how the LeBron X+ shoes react as LeBron James runs and moves. The Cheetah dolly’s 18 feet per second track speed allowed it to keep up with Mr. James without limitations, and the Cheetah’s low profile allowed it to easily move beneath the deck.

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New Eclipse Chewy Mints Chew Your Way to Fresh – Filmed with the Technodolly


Eclipse Chewy Mints Commercial filmed with the Technodolly

Production company – Station Film
Ad Agency – DDB
Edited by Method Studios

Director – Justin Reardon
Executive Producers – Tom Rossano, Caroline Gibney
Producer – Norman Reiss

Technodolly Operator: Rob Menapace
Technodolly Tech: Craig Shumard
Technodolly Tech: Garritt Hampton

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Old Navy Presents: The New T Machine – Filmed with the Technodolly


Old Navy Presents: The New T Machine
Filmed with the Technodolly
Technodolly Operator: Anthony Jacques
Technodolly Tech: Adam Francis

This was one of our first jobs with the Technodolly. It was shot over the course of 2 days, at an ENORMOUS stage in Downey, California (Downey Studios – the former North American Rockwell Plant, where the space shuttle was built). In the Commercial, Mr. T plays multiple versions of himself around his Old Navy “T Machine”. The commercial was shot on an Arri Alexa and involved several setups around the “T Machine”, in which Mr. T would play multiple characters in each shot (Twinning Shot). In one extremely complicated shot, Mr. T gives himself a high five. This was accomplished by shooting multiple takes of Mr. T giving a tennis ball on a c-stand a high five, from both sides. Mr. T was really fun to work with, and took the time to shake everyone’s hand and introduce himself to everyone on set – a huge crew. He was friendly and funny throughout the very long shoot.

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