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The Maine “Into Your Arms” Production Featured in American Cinematographer Magazine

In their October 2009 issue, American Cinematographer Magazine featured a three page article on the production of The Maine’s music video for the song “Into Your Arms”. The video was directed by Aaron Platt, produced by Justin Cronkite, and edited by Hank Friedmann. It was shot in one day, at Ontario International Airport. The production used a Red One camera on a motion control dolly provided by Pacific Motion Control, and featured three separate setups with 80′ of track each. Joshua Cushner served as the motion control operator, and Adam Francis and Garritt Hampton were the motion control technicians.


The Maine “Into Your Arms”


The Maine “Into Your Arms” – Behind The Scenes
Aaron Platt, American Cinematographer Magazine Article

Read the American Cinematographer article

Visit Aaron Platt’s YouTube Channel

Visit Aaron Platt’s Official Website

Visit The Maine’s Official Website


New High-Speed Cheetah Motion Control Dolly Gets a Workout on a Samsung/NFL Commercial Shoot

Pacific Motion recently got a call for a fast motion control dolly. That isn’t so extraordinary, but this client wanted to go REALLY fast! They needed a dolly that could track a professional athlete (and not a bowler or golfer), running at full speed. The client had contacted a few other motion control companies and been told to call Pacific Motion. The truth was, that no one had a dolly fast enough to pull off the shot that the client wanted. At the time, even Pacific Motion didn’t have a dolly that was fast enough to do what the client wanted. That’s where the fun started.

At Pacific Motion Control, we pride ourselves on being able to meet clients’ needs, whatever they may be, and this was the perfect opportunity to show our stuff. Within 2 weeks, with the help of Academy award winners, Mike Sorensen (creator of the Zebra, Graphlite, and Gazelle motion control rigs) and Al Miller (Aerohead and Talon Heads), we built and tested The Cheetah. The Cheetah is a gear-driven (for precision and repeatability) motion control dolly, capable of  traveling 18 feet per second (and easily pacing a runner), while outfitted with a Pan/Tilt/Roll head and full-size motion picture camera.

We built and tested The Cheetah motion control dolly in our shop, and we were sure that it would meet the client’s requirements, but we were excited to get the dolly on a stage, and test it under real-world circumstances. The first job that The Cheetah went out on required approximately 12 hours of continuous, precision repeat passes, on 100′ of track, at a top speed of 18′ per second. This was a torture test, and The Cheetah performed flawlessly. Throughout the shoot, The Cheetah never malfunctioned. It repeated every move with frame-accurate precision, and accelerated and decelerated even quicker than we expected. The client was thrilled, and so were we.

Check out the final product!

Motion Control Operator – Rob Menapace
Motion Control Tech – Craig Shumard
Second Tech – Garritt Hampton

We look forward to many more FAST shots with The Cheetah. If you need to film a fast-moving motion control shot, call Pacific Motion, at 818-768-1573, and if you need to do something that no one else has ever done, don’t wait, call us now.

Cheetah Dolly Specs

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Motion Control Camera

Motion Control Camera systems can range from a small motion control pan/tilt head to a full motion control crane. Pacific Motion Control can help determine which system best suits your needs, and can walk you through the motion control process so that the experience is enjoyable and produces a great final product.

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Zebra Motion Control Camera Dolly

The Zebra Motion control dolly is our smallest, quietest, and most portable full motion control camera rig. It has a maximum lens height of approximately 10′, but can easily pass through most doorways.

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Gazelle Motion Control Camera Crane

Our brand new, Gazelle motion control camera crane is our medium motion control rig. It has a maximum lens height of approximately 11.5 feet in its standard configuration, but the rig can be reconfigured to reach as high as 12.5 feet.

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Graphlite Motion Control Camera Crane

The Graphlite motion control camera crane is our largest motion control rig. In its normal configuration, it has a maximum lens height of almost 16 feet, but with the addition of an available riser and arm extension it can have a lens height of almost 20 feet. additionally, the Graphite has the longest reach of any of our motion control rigs, with a maximum distance of over 15 feet from pivot point to lens nodal.


Gantrylite Portable Gantry Motion Control Rig based on the Award Winning Graphlite Motion Control Camera Crane

Gantrylite Portable Gantry Motion Control Camera Rig

UPDATE!!! – The Graphlite is now available as a mobile gantry motion control camera rig! Call Pacific Motion Control at 818-768-1573 for more details. Pictures and video coming soon.

Cheetah Motion Control Camera Dolly

Cheetah Dolly – The Fastest Motion Control Camera Dolly Around!

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Dollies, Turntables and Accessories

In addition to our extensive line of full motion control rigs, we also offer several other products to suit your needs. With a top speed of 18 feet per second, the Cheetah Dolly, is the fastest motion control camera dolly around, and is perfect for ultra high-speed motion control moves. Our Bogey Dollies feature precision stepper and servo track motors for reliable repeatability, and can be configured with either a motion control Pan/Tilt or Pan/Tilt/Roll camera head. We also have a number of motion control turntables, model movers, variacs (for precision control of lights and other electrical equipment), and accessories. Additionally, we can provide custom or modified equipment to suit your needs.


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