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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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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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Interstellar – Directed by Christopher Nolan, Coming November 7, 2014


Interstellar – Directed by Christopher Nolan

It’s nice to see directors shooting miniatures on film. and understanding that every visual effects shot in a movie doesn’t have to be CG. Thanks Christopher Nolan!

2:00 to 2:15 feature beautifully shot miniatures.

Interstellar, Starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, is coming November 7, 2014. Visit www.interstellarmovie.com/ and IMDB for more information.

Motion Control Operator – Joshua Cushner
Motion Control Operator – Paul Maples
Motion Control Operator – Rob Menapace (NAC Motion Base)
Motion Control Technician – Craig Shumard
Motion Control Technician – Adam Francis
Motion Control Technician – Garritt Hampton


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


American Military University “Military Run” Commercial


American Military University “Military Run” Commercial
Filmed with the Technodolly
Production Company – Aero Film
Technodolly Operator: Rob Menapace
Technodolly Tech: Garritt Hampton

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