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Little Big Head on 2 Foot Slider

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BRITDOC Impact Award Spot – Time-Lapse


BRITDOC Impact Award Spot


BRITDOC Impact Award Spot – Behind the Scenes

This ad for the BRITDOC Impact Award was shot with a multi-stage motion control slider (linear mover) and the Talon pan/tilt head from Pacific Motion Control. The head was used as a repeat head and controlled by the Talon controller. The slider was controlled by our stepper speed controller. While this wasn’t truly a motion control shot, in that the head and slider were not controlled by the same system and would not have repeated together, the shot only called for precise movement and this was a low cost and simple option. The DP for the shot, Dallas Sterling, is a fantastic DP who is very familiar with our equipment and just needed a simple system for this shot. We were happy to help. A Canon DSLR was used for the shot, and the zoom was accomplished in post.


USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center Commercial – Filmed with the Impala


USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center Commercial


USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center Commercial – Behind the Scenes

This commercial shoot provided some unique opportunities and challenges for Pacific Motion. The USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center is part of the Keck Medicine of USC. As such, it is a working hospital and is actively treating cancer patients with highly compromised immune systems. In order to shoot in such and environment the Pacific Motion had to completely clean and sterilize all of the equipment that would be working in the hospital. Prior to the shoot the equipment had to be inspected and approved for use.

The extreme portability and compact size of the Impala made many of these shots possible. The Impala had to be able to fit behind counters and in other tight spaces for many of the shots, while still providing adequate arm length for some high angles. It had to be easily able to moved to multiple locations throughout the shoot and had to fit through standard doors and halls.

The commercial was shot on a Red Epic and featured similar moves in several locations, which had to flow seamlessly from one to the next. The ability to quickly perform offsets in Kuper motion control software allowed the crew to move the rig, then slightly offset the camera position to match each move. Throughout the shoot the Impala performed flawlessly and contributed to an outstanding commercial.

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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.

Motion Control provided by Pacific Motion Control. for more information, visit www.PacificMotion.net or call 818-768-1573

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


Motion Control Vertical Riser


Motion Control Vertical Riser

Among our extensive line of motion control rigs and accessories, Pacific Motion Control offers a three-stage vertical riser. Offering precise repeatability and almost 7′ of vertical travel, this motion control vertical riser provides a great solution for precisely lifting cameras, models, and miniatures. It can be operated completely live, or can be programmed for frame accurate repeatability. Kuper motion control software allows the vertical riser to be used in conjunction with our other motion control moves, for complex coordinated motion.

For added flexibility, one or two stages can be removed, providing shorter travel, with added stability and weight handling. It can also be operated horizontally or on an angle.


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