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Behind the Scenes with the Impala


Behind the Scenes with the Impala

The Impala impala is highly portable and customizable. For this movie shoot, the Impala had to be shipped to another state, and run on circular dolly track, straight motion control track, and set up on Steeldeck. When fitted with the Talon head, the Impala is a light, modular rig which can even be lifted into place by a few guys. The Impala was used extensively on this shoot for visual effects shots, shot on a green screen stage with practical set pieces. These shots were filmed on an Arri Alexa.

Motion Control Operator – Paul Maples
Motion Control Tech – Craig Shumard


Longmire – Behind the Scenes – Filmed with the Cheetah Dolly


Longmire – Behind the Scenes

A very fast track move used to freeze action for Longmire. The high-speed Cheetah motion control dolly has a top speed of 20 Feet Per Second, while remaining completely precise and repeatable. The scene was filmed with a Phantom high-speed camera in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Cheetah high-speed track drive can also be used on our Graphlite, Gazelle, and Impala motion control cranes.

Motion Control Operator: Paul Maples
Motion Control Tech: Craig Shumard
Motion Control Tech: Adam Francis
Motion Control Tech: Chris Paxson

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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.

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


Jordan Flight Plate Innovation Film featuring King Bach – Filmed with the Technodolly


Jordan Flight Plate Innovation Film featuring King Bach
Technodolly Operator: Paul Maples
Technodolly Tech: Garritt Hampton
Director: Seth Epstein

In the words of the director, “shot over a long day, King Bach played 10+ characters (not all of em made it ). Shot on Red and using motion control we created a single camera move where he comes into scene as different characters”.

For this shot, which appears as an approximately 250′ continous track move, we set up 60′ of track on a green cyclorama stage in Hollywood. We programmed a very simple, 2 keyframe camera move, tracking straight back with the arm offset away from the track. The whole track move was approximately 50′ long and had to be a consistent speed. Using the maximum cartesian speed function on the Technodolly, we set a top track speed of about 1 Meter per second, then repeated the move many times as King Bach played numerous different characters (Twinning Shot). The same move was used to film additional actors (athletes), some of whom appear in the final commercial and some who don’t. The Technodolly worked continuously for around 17 hours without any problems and the quiet operation of the Technodolly allowed all of the dialog to be recorded live.

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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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