World famous Christie’s auction house needed a bespoke automated photography solution to take photos of different pieces of flat art. We designed and built a vertical wall mounted robotic slider to solve their problem.
The London auction house needed to capture paintings, watercolors, prints, posters, photographs and other flat art on a DSLR camera, where the camera was restricted to only moving up and down vertically – similar to a a large copy stand…
This behind the scenes video gives a great look at the Modula Rig in action, and how in a very small set, it helped shoot this well-crafted spooky short film, Turning Point. The plot line sees a young woman waking up alone in an abandoned house and exposed to a deadly disease, she must survive the night.
The Modula Rig is specifically designed to fit into small spaces – including being able to pass through a normal size door – which makes it ideal for tight in-house shoots or other small places.
Our partners in the US, Camera Control, supplied the Modula, and in liaison with the director of the short film, Joe Penna, (MysteryGuitarMan!), created this great behind the scenes video.
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.