During the summer, MrMoco and the Bolt High-Speed Cinebot made their way to Sofia, Bulgaria to shoot a 360 video for Samsung and the release of their Gear VR headset. The Video was produced by Resistance Films and directed by Ross Cairns.
Samsung created the first VR rock music experience with the ‘hypercube’, which toured the UK festival scene giving visitors a virtual reality experience like never before. 50 people at a time strapped on VR goggles and got instantly immersed into the cube to experience ‘first hand’ what it’s like to be inside thrashing it out like the famous Biffy Clyro.
To create the experience, a large Perspex cube was built in the center of a stage, with hundreds of fireworks aimed directly at it. All that was needed next was a band willing to step inside and play – enter Biffy Clyro!
In total, 47 cameras were used, with the Bolt CineBot swapping between a bespoke Black Magic 360 rig and an Alexa. The bolt was used partly to get smooth uninterrupted 360 shots around the cube and also for safety as one couldn’t be near the cube when the fireworks were going off.
The trailer for the experience can be seen above. The full 360 video was shown in Samsung’s ‘Hypercube’. However, a Biffy Clyro music video will be released in February featuring the same content for those who missed it.
It has been a fantastic and exciting year for MRMC.
As the holidays are only days away, I wanted to write a few words about the present and the future.
2016 saw exponential growth for us, not only in terms of sales, but also in our R&D. We have always developed groundbreaking tech –– our Academy Award and many other accolades are testament to that –– but 2016 saw some major developments that I personally believe will set the precedent for automated image capture over the coming years.
This growth and development is credited to our fantastic team, and their unwavering enthusiasm and willingness to put their shoulders to the wheel and work together to help develop intuitive, clever, industry-leading technology.
We have big expectations for 2017 and beyond; our Nikon alliance has given us the formidable wherewithal to expand across the globe and bring our technology to new businesses and markets. We are looking forward to our expansion together.
I wanted to thank you all for your interest, and the business you have shared with us these past years, and look forward to working with you again in 2017.
Please remember, we are closed between the 25th December and 2nd January.
Diyar Najed, a Saudi Arabian company who recently set up a studio a short distance outside the capital, Riyadh, just added a large Photography Turntable and Motion Base to their motion control robotics collection.
The new studio intends to be a full-service studio that can shoot films, TV commercials, corporate/promotional videos and other branded entertainment; as well as photo-shoots and other photography related work.
The studio already possesses a Milo Long Arm and a Bolt High-Speed StudioBot. Now, having purchased a large Turntable and Motion Base, they’ve expanded their creative portfolio, which further strengthens their goal of becoming a top-end creative studio.
The 4.5 metre photography turntable – capable of carrying cars and even light vans – will be perfect for automotive commercials and photography shoots. Given the studio is in Saudi Arabia we would expect to see some high-end sports cars such as Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Bentleys etc. grace the turntable very soon!
See below for a short video we shot of the turntable in our own manufacturing studio before we shipped it out.
Motion Base for Strong Visual Creativity
The Motion Base is perfect for making any object – large or small – seem like it’s in full movement. Shot against a green screen you can create an entire scene, commercial or film, while still comfortably filming from a studio, set or specific location. Moving cars, trucks or spaceships, the possibilities are endless!
Below is a brilliant short behind the scenes video created by Stiller Studios demonstrating a similar motion base to the one for Diyar Najed, to see how studios can use motion control robotics to produce visually brilliant footage.
A great video made a few years back by Nikon Ambassador John Wright for Nikon featuring the StudioBot with a Nikon D810 recently won Best Advertising Award at the 2016 BAFTA Qualifying.
The video features the StudioBot and ex Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt performing a kind of ‘dance off’ together. The production was shot entirely on a Nikon D810 and demonstrates the level of creative control available using both Nikon and MRMC’s robotic solutions. The StudioBot controlled through Flair software is animated to dance with Kimberly. No CGI was used in the making of this production and all camera positions where robotic or static.
Behind the Scenes – Making of Robo-Trumble
You can also see behind the scenes video which delves into the different aspects, including: the thought process; humanising the robot; and of course demonstrating the quality and precision of the equipment used.
For more information and to see other films visit The Aesthetica Short Film Festival website here
A small elite unit was sent out to represent the MRMC team, to conquer The Commando Series – a grueling 12km obstacle course that includes replicas of the Royal Marines Endurance, Assault and Tarzan courses.
The team, inventively codenamed ‘MRMC’, included Laddi, Rob, Mark, Billy, Lidia and Sam – a crack squad of freakishly fit MRMC operatives.
The course contains 36 of the toughest obstacles straight out of the Commando test book; this is the only event that can recreate the mud, sweat and pain of modern day Royal Marines commando training. Money raised from the race helps support The Royal Marines Charity.
Lidia commented after the race:
“It was a fantastic team building adventure and I really enjoyed every moment of it – even the freezing cold water! Looking forward to doing it again next year. I want to thank my company for sponsoring us, and the team for taking part”