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BRITDOC Impact Award Spot – Time-Lapse


BRITDOC Impact Award Spot


BRITDOC Impact Award Spot – Behind the Scenes

This ad for the BRITDOC Impact Award was shot with a multi-stage motion control slider (linear mover) and the Talon pan/tilt head from Pacific Motion Control. The head was used as a repeat head and controlled by the Talon controller. The slider was controlled by our stepper speed controller. While this wasn’t truly a motion control shot, in that the head and slider were not controlled by the same system and would not have repeated together, the shot only called for precise movement and this was a low cost and simple option. The DP for the shot, Dallas Sterling, is a fantastic DP who is very familiar with our equipment and just needed a simple system for this shot. We were happy to help. A Canon DSLR was used for the shot, and the zoom was accomplished in post.


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


Gone Girl Features Liberal use of Pacific Motion Talon Head

A recent American Cinematographer Magazine article highlighted the extensive use of the Talon head from Pacific Motion. Jeff Cronenweth, ASC used the Talon head for precise camera movement in tight setups. Said Cronenweth, “In this kind of movie, it is all about the intimacy of the camera with the characters”. The Talon provides extreme precision and ability to be operated remotely, in a compact and quiet package that allows the camera to be placed very close to actors without the intrusion of an operator.

American Cinematographer has featured Pacific Motion’s work and equipment several times. Check out the magazine at www.theasc.com.

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