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Regions Mobile Banking Commercial – Filmed with the Impala and Bogey Dolly


Regions Mobile Banking Commercial “Give Life the Green Light”


Behind the Scenes – Regions Mobile Banking “Give Life the Green Light”

Shot on location at a school in LA, and at the LA zoo. All of the shots at the school were done with the Impala and all of the zoo shots were with the Bogey dolly. The commercial was shot on an Arri Alexa.

The hero motion control passes were all recorded live using encoders. The dolly and arm were operated using our t-bar encoder, which allows motorcycle throttle style control over dolly speed and boom. The head was operated live with our wheels encoders, and focus was controlled with our Preston FiZ motion control interface, allowing the use of the industry standard Preston FiZ II hand unit and motors.

The School and Zoo shots were all completed in a single day, while fighting changing weather and waning sun.

Most of the school shots were done in a light rain, with the Impala covered by a few trash bags. All of our gear is completely portable and suitable for any location. We have shot in the most extreme conditions, including snow and extreme cold, rain, desert windstorms and extreme head, and rising tides on the beach.

Motion Control Operator (Impala) – Paul Maples
Motion Control Tech (Impala) – Jordan Hristov
Motion Control Operator (Bogey Dolly) – Rob Menapace
Motion Control Tech (Bogey Dolly) – Garritt Hampton

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Kia Commercial – Filmed with the Gazelle


Kia Commercial

In this commercial, the final beauty shots of the car were shot with the Gazelle in Griffith Park, California. Motion Control is not always for Visual Effects shots. Sometimes motion control is used for just moving a camera precisely and beautifully. This commercial is a great example of that. Because Kuper motion control software allows you to program moves, record encoded moves, or combine the two techniques, you can create shots that look completely organic and handheld or very precise and robotic, depending on the needs of the shoot.

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Wang Leehom x Avicii “Lose Myself” Music Video


Wang Leehom x Avicii “Lose Myself” Music Video

Filmed with the Gazelle motion control camera Crane, in a Los Angeles subway station, this video put the extreme portability of the Gazelle to the test. The rig had to be partially disassembled, taken down two separate elevators, and pushed hundreds of yards to be set up on a subway platform. Throughout setup and wrap the subways were running and riders were entering and exiting the trains. A very short window of time was available for shooting, as the train had to be stopped. The very complicated load-in, shoot, and wrap all happened in 10 hours.

The video is a great example of “Twinning”, a visual effect that combines multiple takes to allow an actor to appear two or more times in the same scene. In the subway shots, the young lady appears 5 times in the same scene. To achieve this effect, 5 separate passes were filmed, in which the complicated movement of the shot had to be repeated perfectly. These were then combined in post for what appears to be a single shot featuring the same actor five times.

Production Company: Beautiful Pictures, Inc.
Motion Control Operator: Rob Menapace
Motion Control Tech: Adam Francis
Motion Control Tech: Garritt Hampton

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Every Avenue “Think of You Later (Empty Room) Music Video – Directed by Mark Staubach

The music video for Every Avenue’s “Think of You Later (Empty Room) was filmed in a house in Los Angeles, using a motion control bogey dolly and pan/tilt head, provided by Pacific Motion Control.

Band: Every Avenue
Record Label: Fearless Records
Director: Mark Staubach
Motion Control Operator: Rob Menapace
Motion Control Techs: Donny Sierer, Garritt

Every Avenue – Think of You Later (Empty Room) Music Video

Every Avenue – Making of “Think of You Later (Empty Room)”


Nationwide Insurance Commercial – “Things Change”, and Making-of Documentary – Featuring the Zebra Motion Control Dolly



“Things Change” Nationwide Insurance Commercial


Making-Of “Things Change”, Nationwide Insurance Commercial

This commercial for Nationwide Insurance was filmed in Los Angeles, using the Zebra live-action motion control dolly carrying an Arri 435 camera. The Operator was Mike Leben, and the tech was Craig Shumard. Kuper motion control software was used to control the Zebra.

The “Making-Of” documentary features the Zebra, and an explanation of the motion control process by Mike Leben.

Steven Schriebman hosts the documentary.

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