Tag: Sound and Picture

Impala Featured in Sound and Picture Article About “Valibation”

The first time we took the new Impala out was for an exciting independent short film directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, called “Valibation”. The crew worked very quickly and was able to get a ton of great shots in a very short time. Sound and Picture magazine was out to cover the shoot and the article featured a great behind-the-scenes video of the impala in action. The director was really happy with the rig and thanked Pacific Motion in the interview. The article also features some great behind-the-scenes pictures of the creature effects used in the short film.

Check out the article here.

BEHIND THE SCENES VALIBATION from ulteriorproductions.com on Vimeo.

Motion Control Operator: Rob Menapace
Motion Control Tech: Garritt Hampton
Motion Control Tech: Craig Shumard

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Overhead Graphlite Featured on the Cover of Sound and Picture Magazine’s Winter 2010 Issue – Tron Legacy

Sound and Picture Magazine Cover - Winter 2010 - Tron Legacy
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When Claudio Miranda, ASC was deciding how to shoot several pivotal scenes in Tron Legacy, he determined that due to the weight of the dual Sony F35 3D camera package and the multilevel sets, traditional Steadicam shots would be impossible. He wanted a rig with the flexibility of a Steadicam, the ability to go anywhere and provide rock solid movement for the heavy camera package.

Claudio had worked with Pacific Motion Control before and was familiar with many of our rigs, so he called to see if we could make these shots happen. As we talked with Claudio, we determined that what was needed for the job was a portable, overhead motion control crane system – a system that didn’t exist. This was a challenge that we were determined to meet. Over the next few weeks, we custom built the Overhead Graphlite system to meet the needs of the production. This rig is totally portable. In fact, it’s first job (Tron) was over 1,200 miles away from our shop. The rig provided 48′ of linear movement (adaptable from 12′-72′), 15 feet of arm reach, 360+ degrees (infinite) of swing, 45 degrees of boom travel, 360+ degrees of pan and tilt. It did all of this while carrying a camera package that weighed 90 pounds!

With little time to complete the build and test the rig before shooting, Tron Legacy would be a trial by fire, but the rig performed flawlessly. During the weeks of filming the rig never missed a beat, and enabled the crew to capture amazing shots, including a fight scene shot in a continuous circle, with over 1080 degrees of movement!

Photography By Douglas Curran
Courtesy of Disney Enterprises, Inc

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