Tag: Music Video

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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Motion Control Demo Reel


Motion Control Demo Reel

Footage from Sony Commercial, Mumford & Sons Music Video, Honda Commercial, NFL Commercial, Samsung Commercial, Eclipse Chewy Mints Commercial, Franklin Templeton Commercial, One Main Financial Commercial.

Filmed with the Technodolly, Graphlite, Cheetah Dolly, and a servo Pan/Tilt head.

Motion Control Operators – George Hladky, Mike Leben, Rob Menapace, Paul Maples
Motion Control Techs – Garritt Hampton, Craig Shumard


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.


Beck “Girl” Music Video


Beck “Girl”

Produced by Motion Theory
Motion Control by Pacific Motion Control

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Mike Posner – “Please Don’t Go” Music Video

This video was shot with the Gazelle Motion Control Crane. Shots were operated live, then repeated. The video features good examples of “Twinning” and repeat passes with time effects such as forward and reverse motion in the same shot.

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