Tag: Portable

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


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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Dracula Untold – Filmed with the Graphlite


Dracula Untold – Official Trailer (HD)


Dracula Untold – Behind the Scenes

The Graphlite motion control crane was used to shoot high-speed and visual effects shots. The long arm of the Graphlite allowed large circular shots to be filmed without using circular track. The portability of the Graphlite allowed these scenes to be filmed in Georgia.

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OMO Commercial – Filmed with the Gazelle


OMO Commercial
OMO Commercial – Filmed on location in Uruguay, with the Gazelle motion Control Camera Crane. All of our motion control rigs are completely portable and modular. This allows them to be transported in crates, anywhere in the world.

Production Company – Engine Room
Motion Control Operator – Paul Maples
Motion Control Tech – Adam Francis


Behind the Scenes

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Liberty Group “Shoes” Commercial – Filmed in South Africa with the Graphlite


Liberty Group “Shoes” Commercial

Filmed in South Africa, with the Graphlite motion control crane.

To achieve the very high camera height needed for this commercial, the Graphlite was used with a 32″ arm extension, a 24″ riser, and placed on 30″ high Steeldeck.

The Graphlite is a fully portable motion control crane, which was shipped from Sun Valley, CA to South Africa in 6 crates. Even with it’s extreme portability, it is able to provide a camera height of approximately 20 feet in this configuration.


Behind the Scenes

Production Company – Velocity Films
Motion Control Operator – Mike Leben
Motion Control Tech – Adam Francis

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