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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.

Yuridia “Irremediable” Music Video Shot on Pacific Motion Stage, Filmed Using the Graphlite Motion Control Crane

Mexican pop singer Yuridia is  an international sensation, with 2 Diamond albums in Mexico, 18 Platinum albums in Mexico, 2 Platinum albums in the Unites States, 23 Gold certified albums in Mexico, 3 Gold certified albums in the United States, and 2 Gold albums in Central America. She recently spent a day at Pacific Motion Control, filming the music video for the song “Irremediable”. The London Alley Entertainment production was directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada, and produced by Christian Heuer. The crew spent two days at Pacific Motion, unloading props and dressing the set on the first day, and filming on the second. With a relatively short time spent on production, the video looks amazingly LARGE!!! Production on the video is top notch, and in just a few weeks since it’s publication on YouTube, the video has received over 1,983,563 views (it is receiving an average of 10,500 views per day!!! This only counts the official version on Yuridia’s channel. There are many copies, with tens of thousands of additional views).

The video was filmed using a Red One camera on the Graphlite motion control crane. The production made very good use of the Pacific Motion stage, and this video is a good example of what can be done in the space.

Yuridia “Irremediable”

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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

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