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#1 Mike McGowan SOC

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 11:35 PM

I wouldn't normally post about my 'cool shots' but this one is actually pretty unique (at least is was a first for me).

It's a spot for a hotel. It is multiple slow motion shots of people enjoying the hotel. We are using a Phantom on the steadicam (which is kind of cool and unique just because there are several work arounds required to make it all work). We are also using Panavision 'C' series anamorphic lenses (which require an image squeezer on the video village end). All that is moderatly cool but what is really groovie is the cream.

One of the gags is a ghostly helper running around making the hotel guests stay better. So on one sequence, a guest looks at his coffie and decides he needs some cream. Before he even moves to get up, the helper (invisible ghost helper), grabs the cream and floats it to the coffie and pours it. We have a rig we built out of croma blue aluminum that has a cream pot about 4 feet from the lense. I have to pick the cream up off the table, walk throught the restruant and pour the cream into the coffie (without spilling and keeping the actors head in the shot as the rig is turned 90 degrees to pour) then un tilt and walk away. It took some spilled milk to get it right but I think it will be pretty nifty when it's all done. I'll post the spot when it's cut but for now I'll throw in a crappy picture the ac took with his camera phone.

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#2 Matt Petrosky

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Posted 27 January 2009 - 11:17 AM

Ah the classic cream pour shot. You don't do one of these a week?

Just f-ckin' with ya... what a random use/modification for steadicam.

Post a link when the video is up.

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#3 Mike McGowan SOC

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 09:29 AM

here's a better picture of the rig the producer e-mailed me...

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 10:24 AM

Mike,

Now that's a pretty neat twist on the old follow a glass through a crowd of people shot. Looks like fun.
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#5 Peter Hoare

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 01:43 PM

How did you find flying the Phantom? Whenever I have used it, its been tethered to a trolley of laptops and monitors, its not really what I would call a portable camera... What kind of frame rate were you shooting at?
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Posted 01 February 2009 - 10:51 PM

I knew going into it I would be tied down with every possible cable known to man. I even had one of the big Anton Bauer blocks in my back pack for (according to the tech) better constant power.

Until I bite the bullet and buy a $6000 HD transmiter, I'm just going to offer to go hard wired when I shoot HD. The new generation of Director doesnt even understand a SD video tap and even the best wireless looks like crap compaired to a hard wired HD signal. When I absolutley need to be free I just say, "I cant get the shot you want with a hard line". So far I havn't had any complaints.

We went 300 fps a few times but mostly 120, 90 and 60.
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#7 Peter Hoare

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 03:36 AM

I knew going into it I would be tied down with every possible cable known to man. I even had one of the big Anton Bauer blocks in my back pack for (according to the tech) better constant power.

Until I bite the bullet and buy a $6000 HD transmiter, I'm just going to offer to go hard wired when I shoot HD. The new generation of Director doesnt even understand a SD video tap and even the best wireless looks like crap compaired to a hard wired HD signal. When I absolutley need to be free I just say, "I cant get the shot you want with a hard line". So far I havn't had any complaints.

We went 300 fps a few times but mostly 120, 90 and 60.



Have you heard of the Boxx Microwave transmitter system? Its not up and running yet but seems promising. The receiver has more antennas than the hubble telescope....
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#8 Brian Freesh

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 02:15 AM

Mike, did you ever post this video? I can't find it.

For that matter, I'm looking for any steadicam footage shot with high-speed cameras, and expertise regarding the same. Phantom, Weisscam, etc... If anyone knows any commercials or other footage I can find online, that would be great.

Is there a FPS threshold where normal human speeds become relatively unnoticeable once you watch it in slow-mo? Another thread talked about 900 fps being too fast unless on a vehicle, I even feel like 500 would be the same. How about 300? Love to hear people's thoughts.

Thanks!
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#9 RonBaldwin

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 08:36 AM

Thanks Brian for ressurrecting this thread, didn't notice it before. Mike cool (and difficult to fly/pour) rig... and refreshing when resting on your shoulder between takes! This woyld be fun to see the final commercial.
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#10 David M. Aronson

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 11:58 PM

How was the balance after you poured the cream out? :D
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Posted 06 June 2011 - 01:41 PM

If Jerry and Laurie do a 2nd edition of their book, the last photo (with your permission Mike) should go in it.

I cannot imagine being cabled like that! Regardless, truly inspiring Mike.

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#12 Justin R Goff

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 12:05 PM

What an interesting shot. Even more interesting apparatus on your rig. Will they let you post the shot?
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Posted 09 September 2011 - 10:27 AM

has anyone found a link to this? seems down right amazing!
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