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True Blood – Behind the Scenes – Filmed with a Motion Control Head and Audible Cue


True Blood, Episode 707 “May Be the Last Time” – Behind the Scenes

From Director, Simon Jayes, “This sequence from True Blood Episode 707 “May Be the Last Time” was achieved via a repeat motion head.

The entire “move” was built ahead of time, but the shot itself was made up of a number of takes as it was impossible for the actors to get to the next position in time. The individual takes were then “stitched” together in the edit process (a very simple “match frame” command in the Avid).

Unlike traditional motion control, each time the camera stopped moving the pause was ‘wild’, i.e. of-no-specific-length. This allowed for some flexibility in each actors’ performance between different takes. As soon as the actor finished each part of the scene, the remote head would be manually triggered to advance (in full Moco) to the next position and then wait again.

The speed on the remote head panning, tilting and zooming to the next position necessitated programming in an audible beep to be able to cue each actor.

I had great fun coming up with this sequence and would like to thank Craig and Joshua from Pacific Motion Control for helping make it a reality.”

Director – Simon Jayes
Motion Control Operator – Joshua Cushner
Motion Control Tech – Craig Shumard

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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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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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Blue Microphones Releases MoFi Audiophile Headphones


Blue MoFi Headphones

Mo-Fi – True. Mobile. High Fidelity.

The beautiful product shots for this introduction video were shot on the Gazelle motion control camera crane, at the Pacific Motion Control stage. A Sorensen motion control Pan/Tilt head was also used as a model mover. Get yours at MoFiHeadphones.com.

DP: AJ Raitano
Motion Control Operator: Joshua Cushner
Motion Control Tech: Garritt Hampton

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Interstellar – Directed by Christopher Nolan, Coming November 7, 2014


Interstellar – Directed by Christopher Nolan

It’s nice to see directors shooting miniatures on film. and understanding that every visual effects shot in a movie doesn’t have to be CG. Thanks Christopher Nolan!

2:00 to 2:15 feature beautifully shot miniatures.

Interstellar, Starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, is coming November 7, 2014. Visit www.interstellarmovie.com/ and IMDB for more information.

Motion Control Operator – Joshua Cushner
Motion Control Operator – Paul Maples
Motion Control Operator – Rob Menapace (NAC Motion Base)
Motion Control Technician – Craig Shumard
Motion Control Technician – Adam Francis
Motion Control Technician – Garritt Hampton


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