For Mikael Ohlson, a stop-motion animator, creating stereoscopic 3D and stop-motion is something he has always loved to do. His recent project titled Wolfie’s two magic words is a fine example of his work, and you can watch the videos below.
He used MRMC’s S3 stepper rig to create the video and commented “it is the ideal choice when it comes to combining the two. The installation of the rig is very quick and easy, and the S3 is also very reliable using Dragonframe software”.
The short film consists of 1,124 individual frames for each eye -meaning the rig had to slide from left to right 1,124 times. Mikael commented, “By using the S3 stepper rig, I never encountered any problems with it whatsoever”.
For previous work Mikael used a manual rig that he designed and built, where he would have to step over or around lights, cables and tripods to access the rig in order to slide it from its left position to the right for every single frame. In Wolfie's two magic words Mikael worked with three different characters that acted simultaneously and it was crucial to keep 100% focused on the animation. In some of the trickier parts of the sequence it could take up to one hour to shoot one frame of animation, so working with a rig that could accurately and smoothly slide itself from side to side saved lots of time, as well as preventing any accidental shifting of the camera position too far over.
“Personally I think a lot of movies that are made in 3D could take much more advantage of the 3D effect than what they currently do, so I like to make it a ‘Wow – experience’ to watch my 3D material, and I want people to take notice of the outstanding 3D as much as my smooth stop-motion” Mikael comments. See his animation video Wolfie’s two magic words below.
For more information on the S3 Stereoscopic Stepper click here
The MrMoco team found themselves for a second time shooting at Espanyol Stadium in Barcelona – this time for Sky's latest Premier League advertising campaign. Produced by Outsider and directed by Scott Lyon, the commercial features Thierry Henry going back in time to prove that the Premier League really is the best league in the world!
An extremely technical shoot that involved precisely timed moves, parts of the original footage was tracked and given to the Moco technical crew as Maya camera moves, so it could then be imported into the Milo motion control rig. The Milo would then carry out these extremely accurate shots of Thierry Henry in situ, which could then be mixed with the original footage.
Thierry had to be filmed under the exact same conditions and lighting, (including the right time of day for correct shadows) to match up the new footage with the old. To really capture the authentic look, props included identical advertisement hoarding, match footballs and even a purpose built set of the tunnel where Roy Keane famously argued with Patrick Vieira. The result was a fantastic, time-travelling trip down memory lane, culminating in the final denouement “that is why my friends, this is the best league in the world”.
Sky Sports Time Traveller Commercial with Thierry Henry
Sky Sports Time Traveller Commercial with Thierry Henry – Behind the Scenes
The MrMoco team took the Bolt rig to Madrid earlier in the year for Honda's latest Civic Commercial. Produced by RSA films and directed by Johnny Hardstaff the commercial showed Honda’s attention to detail to create that perfect feeling when driving. Shooting a mixture of frame rates on a Phantom flex it appears as though the car is suspended in its surroundings allowing Honda's engineers to manipulate the environment to create the maximum feeling of joy.
The commercial was shot over various locations around Madrid – including a 15ft high platform in a forest and also on a motorway flyover. The MrMoco team often film in sunny Spain – at the beginning of June the crew travelled to Barcelona with a Milo to shoot in Espanyol's Stadium, and only a few weeks back, were shooting again in Barcelona with the Bolt running on 30 metres of track laid in a field! More on that shoot coming soon.
Another dimension of movement for the already highly versatile Bolt, you can now run the Cinebot on a track. The operator has the ability to run the Bolt along a track and follow any object, person or landscape, giving much more flexibility in terms of visual creativity. With rapid acceleration, the Bolt on Track can reach its top speed of over 4 metres per second in… one second! Additionally, through MRMCs Flair software, you have programmable acceleration profiles so you can repeatably reach or maintain the desired speeds with pinpoint accuracy. For more information download the spec. sheet here: Bolt on Track Spec Sheet
Watch the short video here:
We wanted to let you know we will be exhibiting at Cinegear in LA next month. This will be the first show we've ever demonstrated Bolt on track! With speeds of up to 6 metres per second at the camera, it is the only technology of its kind — so you won’t want to miss it!